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Asparagus Cheese Strata Main Dish Recipe

Asparagus Cheese Strata Main Dish Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour YIELD:10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.

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 Pairings

Sparkling Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.