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Asparagus Cheese Strata Main Dish

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour

Makes

10-12 servings

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

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 13x9-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 in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 271 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 142mg cholesterol, 736mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.

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