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Overnight Asparagus Strata Recipe

Overnight Asparagus Strata Recipe

I've made this tasty egg dish for breakfast, brunch, even dinner as a side dish. This is not your run-of-the-mill strata. —Lynn Licata, Sylvania, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water to a boil. Add asparagus; cook, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • 2. Arrange six English muffin halves in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, cut side up. Trim remaining muffin halves to fill spaces. Layer with 1 cup cheese, asparagus, ham and red pepper.
  • 3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt, mustard and pepper. Pour over top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • 4. Preheat oven to 375°. Remove strata from refrigerator while oven heats. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 318 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 255mg cholesterol, 916mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

Reviews for Overnight Asparagus Strata

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hughesbambi User ID: 2603719 244542
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"I made this for a get together with friends we had not seen recently. It was a big hit. Not only was it delicious it is pretty with the green asparagus and red pepper. I did use chicken in place of the ham as our guests do not eat pork. Very good."

gwen210 User ID: 8778073 244230
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"This goes right into my recipe file -- loved it. Missed the direction to toast the English muffins and will never bother doing it in the future - not needed. I also let the egg mixture sit on the English muffins only 1 hour and it was fine - would not have known it had English muffins in it. BTW - used total of 4 English Muffins. I put onions and garlic in most everything, so I boiled the asparagus on the stove with some salt and Mrs. Dash, emptied the pan and then chopped the red pepper, some red onion and 3 garlic cloves and sauted a few minutes in a bit of butter in the pan the asparagus had been in. With the added onions I decided to up the eggs to 12 instead of 8, and my 2 c milk mixture included a bit of whipped cream (leftover from another recipe). I really liked the egg to bread to fixin's ratio so would do it the same again (I did include ham in it). I also used up a bit of sharp cheddar cheese in with the Monterray Jack and thus had a little more cheese than the recipe called for but I figured was justified with the 4 extra eggs. It was wonderful and my guest requested the recipe."

ZHammer User ID: 3586769 226702
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"This is going to be one of my go-to breakfast recipes. I tried it for the first time this week, and there were no leftovers, much to my disappointment. I did as someone suggested and microwaved the asparagus (cut into pieces first), and also used pepper jack cheese for a kick. I never imagined asparagus would make such a great breakfast dish. When asparagus isn't in season, I think I'll try it with broccoli."

Easybake13 User ID: 8381721 226595
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"Delicious breakfast meal! Try it with Hollandaise sauce!"

popsnmams User ID: 2198861 214414
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2014

"I increased the ham to 1 lb. and I covered the bottom of the dish with toasted and buttered muffins. Doubled the recipe and made 2 dishes and I served 16 for lunch with many positive comments. I covered with foil for half the baking time."

mrsh318 User ID: 3583996 53705
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I made this recipe gluten free. I used a gluten-free French bread type of baguette and cut it into fairly thin slices. This gluten-free bread is buttery tasting and added to the . flavor. It was very light tasting. I found the whole recipe bland tasting but very good. So next time I would use sharp cheddar cheese for the cheese in the recipe."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 91939
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Great recipe! I have made this often since it was first published. My family enjoys it for a light supper. A keeper!"

Colorado Grilling User ID: 5927177 205945
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"Wonderful blend of flavors! I made this for a potluck and it was very well received. Leftovers are ok, definitely not as good as fresh out of the oven. I will definitely make this again and maybe experiment with the ingredients for a new flavor combination. Thanks for an easy, very tasty recipe!"

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 131871
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"I enjoyed everything about this recipe. The convenience of preparing it all the night before and just sprinkling a little cheese on top and baking it in the morning. Amazing eye appeal. The flavor combination was perfect. A very filling and satisying breakfast."

cheryl956 User ID: 1656985 91746
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"Wonderful !!! No need to overnight if you press the muffins into the milk to saturate them. Making this for Father's Day ! Yummo !"

cheryl956 User ID: 1656985 78812
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"Wonderful ! We just loved this & I didn't make it the night before. I pressed the muffins into the milk, so I didn't need to overnight it. I am making it for Fathers Day !"

vmesenbr User ID: 3690456 109047
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Love this recipe. I used pork sausage instead of ham. My company loved it and everyone wanted the recipe."

murrworm88 User ID: 1697209 57817
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Love the english muffins on the bottom!"

HBcook User ID: 2966570 136763
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Made this for friends and it is really good. I nuked the asparagus and that worked great and was a step saver. There was a little too much liquid so next time I may use less. I used extra large eggs and that may have created the extra liquid. Nice mix of ingredients and great colors if you want to make it for Christmas."

Kools01 User ID: 1433384 131864
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Correction to my Dec 7 review, I misread the instructions. 4 English Muffins (8 halves)used, 6 halves in pan with 2 extra to fill in gaps. I liked this but though it needed scallion onions to boast flavor, it was a little bland. I will try making it again."

Kools01 User ID: 1433384 131861
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"I haven't made this recipe yet, am going to tonight, however there is a mistake in the ingredients. Calls for 4 English Muffins, but the directions reference 6 English muffins. I am using 6."

krislix User ID: 1426702 205944
Reviewed May. 27, 2012

"Amazing recipe. Everybody loved this recipe. I did make a couple changes based on my pantry. I used pepperjack cheese for the 1st layer and cheddar for the second layer. Will DEFINITELY make this again. Thanks."

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 205943
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I've made this recipe many times since it first appeared in Taste of Home and it never fails. It's perfect an elegant, no-fuss breakfast for overnight guests. I always use turkey ham."

PACKERMA User ID: 6264167 91745
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"This is wonderful. Next time I am going to try an all veggie-strata without cheese,"

jesbubba User ID: 4362409 52383
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I have made many stratas for our monthly finance meetings (all men). This is the most requested, my personal favorite too!"

crafty4 User ID: 1401745 138937
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"we love this recipe"

hjwoodward User ID: 826879 67998
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"This recipe is so good. We make have it every Christmas morning. I also have to sneak it in every few months or if I know we are going to have guests."

scodia4 User ID: 3546578 67932
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"love this easy and tasty; has become a fast family favorite. I used whole milk, and it was awesome"

crafty4 User ID: 1401745 53700
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"Wonderful recipe, have made several times.

Haven't tried with the red pepper, don't agree with family members."

jenisears User ID: 4299468 67927
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"I have never gotten so many compliments on anything I made! Everyone at work loves when I bring this in."

rbarton User ID: 3514325 52356
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2009

"Aan delicious and beautiful dish - taste with your eyes!!!"

keith o User ID: 3485194 52346
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2008

"I really like this recipe I have used it several times --lost it an now I have found it again--thanks"

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