Ham, Asparagus, and Cheese Strata

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To cut down on brunch stress, prepare this easy strata recipe the night before, then bake in the morning. Serve with fresh fruit--and a batch of mimosas, if you like.

Ham-Asparagus and Cheese Strata
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
50 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
6

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 5 cup French bread cubes

  • 2 cup shredded Gruyére or white cheddar cheese, (8 oz.)

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ¼ cup chopped chives or green onions

  • 8 ounce cooked ham, diced

  • 10 eggs

  • 1 ½ cup milk

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling. Add asparagus; cook 5 minutes or until bright green.

  2. In a greased 3-quart baking dish spread half the bread cubes. Top with cheese, onion, chives and half the ham and asparagus. Top with remaining bread.

  3. In a bowl whisk together four of the eggs and the milk. Evenly pour over layers in dish. Press down bread pieces into the egg milk mixture with the back of a spoon. Top with remaining ham and asparagus. Cover with plastic wrap, then chill for two hours.

  4. Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degrees F oven 30 minutes. With the back of a wooden spoon, press 6 indentations in top of strata. Pour a whole egg into each indentation. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of strata registers 170 degrees F and eggs are set. Let stand 15 minutes.

  5. Cut into squares to serve. If desired, drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and cracked black pepper. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Make-Ahead Tip

Prepare as directed. Cover; refrigerate up to 12 hours. To serve, preheat oven to 325 degrees F, then bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, then press 6 indentations in top of strata. Pour a whole egg into each indentation. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of strata registers 170 degrees F and eggs are set. Let stand 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
26g Fat
22g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 421mg 140%
Sodium 936mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 4.7mg 24%
Calcium 535.1mg 41%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 442mg 9%
Folate, total 104.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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