You can easily prepare this the night before for a luncheon or during the morning for a dinner. I serve it year-round, for large groups like my card club or garden club, at picnics and at other occasions. When I do, just about always someone requests the recipe! My husband and I have been married 49 years (two sons and five grand daughters). I've enjoyed cooking since I was a girl. My mother was an excellent cook, and she passed along many of the Pennsylvania Dutch recipes that are popular in this part or our state.
Ingredients of Christmas Asparagus Strata Recipe
12 slices white bread
12 ounces sharp process cheese, diced
1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
2 cups diced cooked ham
3 cups milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
Preparation of Christmas Asparagus Strata Recipe
Using a doughnut cutter, cut 12 circles and holes from bread; set aside. Tear remaining bread in pieces and place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
Layer with cheese, asparagus and ham; arrange bread circles and holes on top. Lightly beat eggs with milk. Add onion, salt and mustard; mix well. Pour egg mixture over bread circles and holes. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 55 minutes or until top is light golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Christmas Asparagus Strata Recipe
6-8 Servings/Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + standing
Category: Christmas Recipes