Sausage and Cheese Strata

Prep 10 min                  cook 45 min                 serves 8

2 c. fat-free milk

2 large eggs

2 egg whites

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

½  tsp. salt

¼  tsp. cayenne

1 (8 oz.) loaf whole wheat French bread, cubed (about 4 c.)

1 (7 oz.) package frozen fully cooked turkey sausage links, thawed and sliced

½ c. reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese

1         Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

2         Whisk together the milk, eggs, egg whites, parsley, mustard, salt, and cayenne in a large bowl.  Stir in the bread and sausage.  Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the bread is moistened, about 10 minutes.  Transfer to the baking dish and spread evenly.  Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. 

3         Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.   Remove the strata from the refrigerator, uncover and let stand 10 minutes.

4         Sprinkle the strata with the cheese and bake until golden and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Point value:  4 for ¾ cup.