French Toast Strata


1 pound bulk country sausage
2 apples, cored, pared, thinly sliced
10 eggs
4 cups milk
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 loaf Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices
Additional maple syrup


In large skillet, cook sausage. Remove from skillet, drain and crumble.
Add apple slices to skillet; cook, covered, over medium heat, about
3 minutes.
In medium bowl, beat eggs; add milk, 1/3 cup maple syrup and nutmeg.
Mix well.
In buttered 10-inch pie plate, arrange 3/4 of the bread slices.
Top with sausage, apples and remaining bread slices. Pour milk mixture
evenly over the top. Cover; refrigerate overnight.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until set
and golden.
Serve immediately with additional maple syrup. Refrigerate leftovers.
Yields 12 servings.

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