Home for the Holidays

by Heather


The holidays are a crazy time in my family. And I mean that in a good way. The kids are off school. The adults save up a good chunk of vacation time so most of them are off work before and after Christmas all the way up to New Year’s Day. We spend A LOT of time together preparing for Christmas. Wrapping presents, doing crafts, decorating, and eating. Now normally, one of our favorite activities of all things is making breakfast together. We all end up at mom’s house, someone’s working on hash browns, someone on eggs, well, you get the idea. But with all the activities and tempting treats this time of year it can be hard to make sure you get a balanced meal and breakfast is no exception. Who has time for a leisurely breakfast when there is SHOPPING to be done?! So this year we have turned to a new favorite to help us out in a pinch, Johnsonville® Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage. 30 seconds from microwave to plate and you have a hot protein packed start to the day.


Now interestingly enough, the one day we are most likely to get a full breakfast is Christmas itself. That is partly thanks to a tradition that the hubby started several years ago. You see, we all get together for Christmas Eve AND Christmas. And I mean we are all under one roof for 24-36 hours straight, so on Christmas Eve, the hubby prepares a Breakfast Strata. He makes it, covers it and puts it in the fridge overnight, and then pops it in the oven first thing Christmas morning. We open presents while it bakes (and puts a lovely aroma in the air) and then we eat. No muss, no fuss, no dishes. Christmas morning. The downside is the time it takes to put together Christmas Eve. But hopefully you can see that I’m about to make things a lot quicker for the hubby. You guessed it, Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage Breakfast Strata. Now this is not an exact recipe, except for the ratio of eggs to milk, everything is kind of variable. The hubby had to think a while on this one to tell me how he makes it, he just kind of eyeballs it every year and it just turns out super yummy.

Here’s the gist.

Sausage Breakfast Strata

Sausage Breakfast Strata
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  • 1 pound of breakfast sausage or 1 to 2 packages of Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage
  • A loaf of good crusty bread, something like sourdough or French bread. Splurge, get something fresh from your Bakery department.
  • Half a package of Velveeta
  • 12 eggs
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 9 x 13 inch casserole/baking dish
  • Note the ratio is 4 eggs to 1 cup of milk, you can add or subtract as needed, but keeps that ratio (so if you decide you need a little more, mix up 2 eggs and a half cup of milk, etc)


  1. Old way…Brown up the sausage in a skillet
  2. New way…cut up the Johnsonville Sausage into small chunks. This is a huge time saver, because now instead of having to brown and drain the sausage, and then wait for it to cool, you can just cut it up straight from the fridge.
  3. Cut up the bread (don’t do the whole loaf at once) into 1 inch cubes. No, you don’t have to be precise.
  4. Cut up the Velveeta into 1/2 inch cubes
  5. In a large bowl mix up the bread, cheese and sausage by hand so it’s all well distributed. Put the contents into the backing dish. You want it about even with the top of the baking dish or a little below, not overflowing.
  6. In another bowl mix up the eggs and milk and pour over the contents of the baking dish. The hubby starts with 8 eggs and 2 cups of milk and then adjusts. You want everything soaked in the egg mixture, but you don’t want it to overflow (are you sensing a theme here?).
  7. Once everything is coated, but not overflowing (again that theme), cover the dish with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge overnight.
  8. Christmas morning, take it out of the fridge, remove the plastic wrap (that’s a really important step), and put the baking dish on a foiled lined cookie sheet and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees. It can take anywhere from an hour to two hours to cook all the way through.
  9. Now, note the foil lined cookie sheet, because every year, despite the hubby’s best efforts, when it bakes, it ends up overflowing.
  10. Want to make it a bit fancier? Add a ½ cup of “something” … such as green peppers, red peppers, mushroom. Let your imagination be your guide!


Interested in changing up the flavor of your dish? Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Links come in 3 flavors, and each pack comes with 12 links. Learn more at

Incorporate Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage into your everyday meals. Pick up a package or two at Walmart stores nationwide. For additional listings, use Johnsonville’s “Where to Buy” link on Johnsonville.com at the bottom of the website.

This year, add a little time back to the bank by doing a little prep at night and wowing the family first thing in the morning. Just because the hustle and bustle of the holidays is in full swing doesn’t mean we have to forfeit good taste and quality products, let Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage take on a bit of the burden while you enjoy much needed time with the ones you love.

From our family to yours, happy holidays!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Johnsonville® and a campaign with Sverve. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.

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Alyssa E December 17, 2015 - 2:54 pm
I love your holiday tradition! We have a holiday tradition of our own which is eating pumpkin pie for breakfast. I can't imagine having everyone over in the morning and christmas eve.
Liz Mays December 17, 2015 - 5:31 pm
Now this would be the perfect breakfast for everyone to wake up to on Christmas morning. I may have to pick up some of those sausages.
Pam December 17, 2015 - 5:44 pm
I love stratas! This looks like a really yummy dish, perfect for a holiday brunch.
Lois Alter Mark December 17, 2015 - 9:20 pm
That looks delicious! I love having breakfast together as a family - which rarely happens.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 17, 2015 - 9:31 pm
That strata looks delicious. I bet the sausage gives it a perfect little kick. I will have to try this recipe out.
denise low December 17, 2015 - 10:34 pm
The sausage breakfast look really delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
Dogvills December 17, 2015 - 10:46 pm
That looks yummy! I haven't tried the Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Links, yet. I will look for this.
Miles L. December 17, 2015 - 11:24 pm
These looks delicious. I am looking for new recipes and I would add this one to my list.
Seattle Travel Blogger December 18, 2015 - 10:01 am
This looks totally yummy! My husband loves a delicious breakfast with his coffee to get him going in the morning. My dad is also likes cooking and doodling with recipes. I will definitely be sharing this one, thank you!
Mama to 5 BLessings December 18, 2015 - 10:09 am
My parents come over Christmas morning and I make breakfast. This sounds like what I should make this Christmas - yum!
lisa December 18, 2015 - 10:59 am
The recipe sounds good. I use sausage in a roll. I've tried the precooked stuff and didn't like it. It has a funny taste and texture. I rarely eat sausage anyways, but I love scrambled eggs with cheese, onion and green pepper.
Ann Bacciaglia December 18, 2015 - 1:36 pm
This looks like a great recipe. It looks so delicious and easy to make.
Sally Wilsey December 18, 2015 - 1:58 pm
Thank you so much for this recipe. I have been looking for a Christmas breakfast casserole with not a lot of ingredients. This one will fit the bill. Thank you again you made my Christmas breakfast!
Linda Manns Linneman December 18, 2015 - 3:14 pm
This recipe sounds so good. I have been thinking about what to make for Christmas breakfast. You just gave me my answer. Thank you so much for sharing this. I think my family will enjoy it
Heather Pfingsten December 19, 2015 - 6:35 am
I think it will be a huge hit. Please let me know how it goes over! Enjoy ;)
Jeanine December 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm
This looks delicious. I'd love to do up a Sausage Breakfast Strata for breakfast on Christmas morning. I think my family would love it, it looks great!
Margot C December 18, 2015 - 7:21 pm
Good idea, I have so many people here and I think that the kids need protein before they Start on the candy!
Amber NElson December 18, 2015 - 10:27 pm
That would be perfect for the early Christmas morning! Yum!
Christina Strapp Lambert December 18, 2015 - 11:56 pm
This sounds really good. Would be good to make on Christmas morning for breakfast.
Angela December 19, 2015 - 10:11 am
I always try to make Christmas morning breakfast extra special. Your breakfast casserole looks great!
lisa December 19, 2015 - 12:07 pm
I think this year I want Swiss steak for dinner. My husband makes the best I have ever tasted.
Lisa Rios December 19, 2015 - 10:07 pm
Holidays are usually so exciting & that too this part of year is so much of fun with all loved ones getting together. The Sausage Breakfast Strata looks absolutely delicious & I would love to try it during Christmas.
Donna B December 21, 2015 - 12:36 am
Your Breakfast Strata looks and sounds delicious! I think I'll try it for Christmas breakfast this year. My family loves Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage, we have it often!
Heather Pfingsten December 22, 2015 - 3:13 pm
If you try it, please let us know what you think. Merry Christmas!
rebeccabasset December 21, 2015 - 5:12 am
Oh this sounds fantastic! I will have to try this. Thanks for the Post, Pictures, and the Recipe!
Heather Pfingsten December 22, 2015 - 3:12 pm
If you do, please let us know what you think!!
lisa December 27, 2015 - 11:13 am
I laughed when I read to take the plastic wrap off before cooking.Thinking, who wouldn't know that. Then I flashed on some of the silly lawsuits, like the people that sue because the hot coffee they ordered was actually hot.
Jodi Hunter December 28, 2015 - 9:42 pm
This will be a great Sunday morning breakfast.
Kelly Hutchinson December 31, 2015 - 2:47 pm
We make a similar breakfast dish on Christmas morning. It is a big hit in our house.
Melissa Vera December 31, 2015 - 8:27 pm
This sounds totally delicious. I can't wait to make this for my family.
Michele Ash January 2, 2016 - 12:42 am
Thanks so very much for sharing your wonderful recipe for Home for the Holidays! I absolutely love this recipe and this idea of making it and putting it into the fridge and ready to go for the morning! It sounds easy enough to make too! Don't tell your husband, but there are many times I've overflowed things in the oven as well! Sometimes, things just happen! My husband's parents used to come over for breakfast on Christmas morning, however, they like to sleep in so now they are coming here for dinner and dessert. I generally have a ham (I wait until they go on sale and some years it feels like I'm not going to get one!) This is usually about the only time we have sweet potatoes as well. I have no idea why because we all love them! Thanks again for sharing your terrific recipe with all of us! I truly do appreciate it! I'll have to try this one out next year! Thanks again! Michele :)
Linda Manns Linneman January 3, 2016 - 7:52 am
This recipe was so good. My family really enjoyed it. Thank you and God Bless
Heather Pfingsten January 3, 2016 - 1:26 pm
YAY! I am so happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for giving it a try!!
lisa January 4, 2016 - 10:53 am
I make a breakfast burrito using a scrambled egg mixture that's very similar to the recipe above. It's pretty good.
Linda Manns Linneman January 20, 2016 - 11:13 am
This recipe is great. My family just loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love to try new things
rebeccabasset February 22, 2016 - 10:42 am
OOoohhh this sounds and looks delicious! I will have to make this, maybe add some Potatoes, but with the Bread it sounds perfect! Ohhhh YUMMY! Thanks for the Post, Pictures, and the Recipe!
Edna Williams March 7, 2016 - 5:43 am
Now this looks delicious! The Johsonville Sausage looks so great! Thanks for sharing!
KATE SARSFIELD March 9, 2016 - 2:53 pm
I'm afraid we don't do anything so organised on Christmas morning! Perhaps a slice of toast and a mug of tea while the dinner cooks. Of course, everyone knows that any chocolate eaten on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Boxing Day has zero calories so that doesn't count!
Linda Manns Linneman July 3, 2016 - 10:18 am
This recipe is so good and we continue to enjoy having it often. We love Johnsonville sausages. Thank you again for sharing this great recipe

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