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Mary Ella’s Cheese Egg Strata

Posted by John W. Giles on

Mary Ella’s Cheese Egg Strata

A Christmas Brunch family favorite was always my mother’s Egg Strata. My mothers maiden name was Mary Ella Waller, her family came from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Her family were very poor sharecroppers who did not even own their own home.

Every Christmas morning all the William Ollie Giles, Sr. family would gather at my mother’s house for Christmas Brunch and opening of the Christmas presents. 

Mother would always have everyone’s favorite, Mary Ella’s Egg Cheese Strata

Serves Ten


10 slices white bread

½ Cup Butter – Soften and spread on bread

3 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese

4 Eggs Beaten

3 Cups Half & Half Cream

1 LB Ground Cooked Sausage

1 ½ teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Dry Mustard


  • Cooked sausage and drain
  • Butter bread on both sides – Cut into 4 strips each
  • Layer bread strips, cheese and sausage
  • Beat eggs and blend with seasoning and cream
  • Pour over layers
  • Cover with cling wrap and aluminum foil
  • Refrigerate over night
  • Early in the morning take out of the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature
  • If it looks a little dry, beat a couple of more eggs and add cream, pour over layers
  • Pre Heat Oven to 350˚
  • Bake about 40 – 45 minutes until firm and slightly brown

Welcome to some good ole Alabama Southern Christmas Cooking for Brunch

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