If you want the flavours of Thanksgiving but don’t want to cook a whole turkey, this one-pan Thanksgiving strata is ideal. It has all of the flavours, texture and ‘wow factor’ of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but will leave you with time to enjoy the holiday. Don’t forget the cranberry sauce!

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PREP30 min
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Cooking1 h 20 min
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Ready in1 h 50 min



  1. Step
    In a large, cast iron skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until browned and no longer pink inside. Scrape into a large bowl and discard excess fat. Return skillet to medium heat and add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the butter. Add onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes or until caramelized and very soft. Add to sausage.
  2. Step
    Return skillet to medium heat and add sweet potato; cook, stirring for about 15 minutes or until tender and golden. Add to the bowl. Stir in bread, turkey, spinach, thyme and sage. Spread mixture into the same cast iron skillet.
  3. Step
    Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In a small, microwaveable bowl, melt remaining butter and stir in brandy, if using. Drizzle over bread mixture.
  4. Step
    In another bowl, whisk eggs, then whisk in milk, salt and pepper until combined. Drizzle over bread mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden and knife inserted into centre comes out clean. Let cool slightly before serving.


Nutritional info per serving:

(1/8th recipe)

Calories 540
Protein 25 g
Carbohydrates 38 g
Fat 36 g
Fibre 5 g
Sodium 780 mg
Sugars  9 g
Saturated Fat 19 g
Trans Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol  205 mg

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No turkey? No problem—substitute turkey with a rotisserie chicken! This recipe can also be baked in a 13 x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish or baked and served beautifully in individual 1 cup (250 mL) ramekins.