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Savory Asparagus Strata

Fresh asparagus and goat cheese combine to make a delectable strata. Assemble it a day ahead and let it chill overnight for an easy brunch!—Lynda Ruce, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 packages (4 ounces each) herbed fresh goat cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 envelope hollandaise sauce mix

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, mushrooms, garlic salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender.
  • Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with asparagus mixture, goat cheese and remaining bread.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, thyme, salt and remaining pepper. Pour over top; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove strata from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Meanwhile, prepare sauce mix according to package directions. Serve with strata.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece with a scant 2 tablespoons sauce: 362 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 218mg cholesterol, 740mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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