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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 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 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 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 226595
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

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

popsnmams 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 57817
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Love the english muffins on the bottom!"

HBcook 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 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 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 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 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."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

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

jesbubba 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 138937
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"we love this recipe"

hjwoodward 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 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 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 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 52356
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2009

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

keith o 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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