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Asparagus Cheese Strata Main Dish

 Asparagus Cheese Strata Main Dish
Last spring we visited old friends who serve this egg dish for Sunday breakfast before church. I thought it was wonderful and full of flavor. Besides, it's easy to make ahead. I use fresh asparagus and serve it with muffins and fresh fruit. —Betty Jacques, Hemet, California
10-12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) sliced bread, crusts removed
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard


  • In a saucepan, cover asparagus with water; cover and cook until just
  • tender but still firm. Drain and set aside. Lightly brush butter
  • over one side of bread slices. Place half of the bread, buttered
  • side up, in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2
  • cup cheese. Layer with asparagus and ham. Cover with remaining
  • bread, buttered side up. In a bowl, lightly beat eggs; add milk,
  • onion, salt and mustard; pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate
  • overnight. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 50 minutes. Sprinkle
  • with the remaining cheese. Return to the oven for 10 minutes or
  • until cheese is melted and a knife inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Yield: 10-12 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 271 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 142 mg cholesterol, 736 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 15 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.