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Asparagus Cheese Strata

Recipe Name: 
Asparagus Cheese Strata
Picture: 
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Description: 

Cheesy asparagus pieces baked between slices of homemade bread

Yield: 

8-10 servings

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 16-ounce loaf of Italian bread, sliced 3/4-inch thick (I use leftover slices of my homemade Italian bread)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese (or more!)
6 eggs
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

Instructions: 

1. In saucepan, cook asparagus with some water until tender but still firm. Drain well.

2. Combine butter and garlic salt. Toast enough slices of bread to cover the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread butter on one side of the bread slices. Place the toasted bread, buttered-side-down, in a greased 9" x 13" x 2" baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese.

3. Spread asparagus over cheese. Butter remaining slices of bread and lay on top, buttered-side-up.

4. In bowl, lightly beat eggs, milk, onion, salt, and dry mustard. Pour over bread.

5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

6. Remove from refrigerator several hours before you plan to serve your meal. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 75 minutes.

7. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and return to the oven for 10 more minutes, or until center is set (clear juices).

Asparagus Cheese Strata
Preparation Time: 

30 minutes

Cooking Time: 

90 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This dish is surprisingly easy to make and I absolutely love the flavor!! Be sure to cook it long enough... you don't want it to be too wet inside. I like to use extra cheese. I also recommend using homemade bread if at all possible.

I was surprised by how well I liked this recipe when I tried it the first time. If you like asparagus at all, it's worth a try, definitely!! My rating: 10/10

Average vote based on 2 reviews.
7.5
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User Reviews
5
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Average recipe could use some more flavor (5/10)

Lets get some of the perks out of the way: You can make it ahead of time, it uses asparagus in a breakfast dish, and it has a lot of really good ingredients that make it sound absolutely enticing.

And that is where the problems start. The recipe is bland and the asparagus is a little strong. Not overtly so, but more than I would like. This recipe could really use some Turkey ham or Pastrami to even out the flavor. Other negatives, while minor, is that it requires "day old bread" meaning the store bought stuff wont work due to all the conditioners they put in it. This not a last minute / quick recipe either, so you wont be making it as a last minute item when on the go.

I am hoping we experiement with this recipe to get better results. Adding some fragrant meat may be just the trick to balance the asparagus flavor and accent this cheesy-egg casserole.



10
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10/10

Please see my review at the end of the recipe. ~ Tammy