This Overnight Supreme Pizza Strata with Burrata is loaded with flavor and a cinch to prepare! Prep it the day before and pop it into the oven when you are ready to eat, this make-ahead breakfast strata is easy enough for any Sunday breakfast, yet fancy enough for Christmas or New Year brunch! This breakfast casserole is guaranteed to be a family favorite!!
This post was originally published in December 2017. I edited the photos and updated the post below to include more information about this pizza breakfast casserole. Plus, I added a recipe video to show you how easy Supreme Pizza Strata is to make!
Let’s chat about Christmas (or New Year’s!) brunch, shall we?
Honestly, some of my all-time favorite memories revolve around Christmas morning and the food.
Growing up, every Christmas morning I would wake up to the smell of my mother’s monkey bread.
Fresh from the oven and smothered with the most addicting glaze, the thought of mama’s monkey bread will always elicit ALL the warm and cozy feels.
And the feels of a very happy belly. Obvi.
We’d open our presents and nibble on (read: devour) the warm, cinnamon-sugar covered bread while my mother snapped the obligatory photos of us with each and EVERY opened present.
As I got older the tradition never changed, it just involved mimosas once I was of age. 😉
Now that I don’t live in the same state as my mother, Boy and I are forced to make our own, novel traditions.
And it’s safe to say, I finally hit the JACKPOT of all Christmas (New Year, Birthday, whatever special occasion, or simply because it’s Sunday) brunch ideas and found our new tradition – this pizza breakfast casserole!
Overnight Supreme Pizza Strata with Burrata
Basically if a supreme pizza and an egg casserole had a baby, THIS is what would have emerged.
Light, yet rich and custard-like, this pizza strata is jam packed with fluffy eggs and buttery brioche; studded with flavorful sausage, salty pepperoni, sweet bell pepper, mellow onions, two types of freshly shredded cheeses and dolloped with creamy, decadent burrata.
Baked until golden brown, oozy and bubbly, then topped with sliced olives, fresh scallions, and MORE pepperoni.
Essentially this pizza breakfast bake is HEAVEN ON EARTH.
It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, dinner and EVERY SINGLE snack in between.
But, best of all?!
It can (and should) be prepared in advance.
So when breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner time rolls around, all you have to do is pop it in the oven, kick back, relax and look like the kitchen MASTA that you are! (<-Lazy life goals mission accomplished)
What is a breakfast strata?
A breakfast strata, sometimes referred to as strata eggs, is an American casserole dish.
Commonly served for breakfast or brunch, a breakfast strata consists of cubed bread, eggs, milk, cheese and other optional add in’s (such as meat and/or vegetables).
Should a breakfast strata be covered while baking?
Whether or not a breakfast strata should be covered while baking depends entirely on the recipe.
This Sausage and Pepperoni Breakfast Strata does not need to be covered while baking. However, if your oven runs hot and you find the top of the breakfast casserole browning before the strata is set, you can lightly tent the strata with foil while baking.
What goes with breakfast strata?
This easy Supreme Pizza Breakfast Bake is very filling and meant to be served as a complete meal since it contains carbs, protein, cheese and vegetables.
However, if you are looking to serve this sausage breakfast strata as a part of a breakfast spread, here are a few serving suggestions to round out this meal!
What to serve with a breakfast strata?
- Stand alone breakfast meats – such as bacon, sausage or Canadian ham
- Fresh fruit
- Fruit salad
- Breakfast potatoes – such as hash browns, cubed breakfast potatoes, potato patties
Can breakfast strata be frozen?
Yes! A baked breakfast strata can be frozen for up to 3 months. Make sure you allow the strata to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
How to make Overnight Supreme Pizza Strata? (Notes, tips & tricks)
1. I used ground sweet Italian sausage, but you can use whatever type, and flavor of sausage you prefer. If using sausage links, make sure you remove them from their casings before proceeding with the recipe.
2. You can substitute challah for the brioche bread. If you can’t find brioche of challah, you can substitute any type of bread you would like, however for the most luxurious, rich mouthfeel I suggest a buttery bread similar to brioche or challah, such as potato bread or even Hawaiian rolls.
3. Make sure your bread is stale and at least a day old! Fresh bread will completely disintegrate into the egg and milk mixture! However, if all you have is fresh bread, don’t worry! You can just toast the bread to get the same results as stale bread. Place the cubes of bread on a sheet pan and toast them in a 250 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, or until the cubes are just barely starting to crisp on the outside.
4. If you aren’t crazy about burrata, you can either nix it completely from this breakfast casserole recipe or substitute whole milk ricotta, fresh mozzarella, or a mixture of both!
Special enough for Christmas or New Year’s brunch, and too delicious NOT to make an appearance at any given Sunday brunch, this Overnight Supreme Pizza Strata with Burrata is how you make your breakfast game STRONG!
Until next week, friends, cheers – to accomplishing all your brunch goals!
From my kitchen to yours, warm wishes for a very Merry Christmahanakwanzika!!!**
The best Pizza Breakfast Bake recipe👇
This Overnight Supreme Pizza Strata with Burrata is loaded with flavor and a cinch to prepare! Prep it the day before and pop it into the oven when you are ready to eat, this strata is easy enough for any Sunday brunch, yet fancy enough for Christmas or New Year entertaining! Packed with supreme pizza flavor, this breakfast dish is guaranteed to be a family favorite!!
- 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 small Yellow Onion – finely chopped (about 1 ¼ cup)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper – small dice (about scant cup)
- 1 Pound Sweet Italian Sausage (about 5 if using links, casings removed*)
- ½ heaping Cup Pepperoni – diced (about 2 ounces)
- 3 Cups + 3 TBS Whole Milk ,divided
- 10 Large Eggs
- 1 TBS Dijon Mustard
- 1 Loaf Brioche – cut into ¾’’ cubes (about 3/4 pound*)
- 1 Cup Gruyere Cheese – shredded (about 3 ounces)
- 1 Cup Aged White Cheddar – shredded (about 3 ounces)
- ½ Cup Scallions – thinly sliced
- 8 ounces Burrata Cheese
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add in the onion, peppers and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 6 minutes. Add in the sausage and cook, breaking up any large pieces with the back of a spoon, until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Stir in the pepperoni and season again with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
Grease a 9x13’’ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with 3 cups milk, mustard, heaping ¼ teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add the bread, cooled sausage mixture, both shredded cheeses and scallions. Gently mix together.
Pour the bread mixture into the prepared baking dish and use a large wooden spoon to evenly distribute bread in dish. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight*.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If you have refrigerated the strata, remove it from the fridge and let the strata sit on the counter while the oven preheats to remove the chill. Uncover the strata and brush the top with remaining 3 tablespoons of milk.
Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes*. Remove the strata from the oven and break the burrata over the top of the strata, evenly distributing it. Return to the oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the strata is just set and the cheese is bubbly.
Serve: Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes before garnishing as desired and serving. Enjoy!
- I used ground sweet Italian sausage, but you can use whatever type or flavor of sausage you prefer. If using sausage links, make sure you remove them from their casings before proceeding with the recipe.
- You can substitute challah for the brioche bread. If you can’t find brioche or challah, you can substitute any type of bread you would like. However, for the most luxurious, rich mouthfeel I suggest a buttery bread similar to brioche or challah, such as potato bread or even Hawaiian rolls.
- Make sure your bread is stale and at least a day old! Fresh bread will completely disintegrate into the egg and milk mixture! However, if all you have is fresh bread, don’t worry! You can just toast the bread to get the same results as stale bread. Place the cubes of bread on a sheet pan and toast them in a 250 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, or until the cubes are just barely starting to crisp on the outside.
- If the top of your breakfast strata starts to brown before the strata is set, you can lightly tent the strata with foil while baking. Just make sure to remove the foil from the strata and bake uncovered after you add the burrata cheese.
- If you aren’t crazy about burrata, you can either nix it completely from the recipe or substitute whole milk ricotta, fresh mozzarella, or a mixture of both!
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