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Asparagus Sourdough Strata

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Strata cooling after baking

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast‘s signature recipe for the month of April is this delicious, custardy dish made with spring’s fresh asparagus and tangy sourdough bread cubes.  Ideal when feeding a crowd this brunch dish is sure to delight your family and friends.  Just remember, you need to make it the night before you will serve it!  Visit us in Lynchburg, VA and you too will have a chance to enjoy our spring garden dish.

 

  • 1 loaf of sourdough bread, cubed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 9 ounces fresh asparagus, cut into sections
  • 8 ounces diced ham
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Gather everything you need to make strata

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a baking pan with parchment paper and grease a 9×13 baking dish.

Toss bread cubes with the melted butter and spread evenly onto baking sheet.  Toast in oven about 10 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp.

Cook asparagus sections in rapidly boiling water for about 4 minutes, just until tender (they will continue cooking in the oven.)

Toss onion, asparagus, ham and 1 1/2 cups cheese with the bread cubes.  Spread mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish.

Mix everything in a large bowl

Mix together the eggs, half and half and salt; pour over bread mixture, pressing the bread gently into the liquid to cover.  Add  more half and half if there isn’t enough to come within 1/2 inch of the top of the bread cubes.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.  Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight, or at least 6 hours.

Put everything in pan and press down then add additional cheese

Remove strata from refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.  Bake the strata uncovered in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.  A knife blade inserted in the center will come out clean.  Remove the strata from the oven and allow to set for 15 minutes before serving.

Serves 12-15

Notes–We plate our food rather than serving family style so we bake them in muffin pans.  Cooking time is about 10 minutes less this way.  Also make sure pan is sprayed with a cooking spray before adding ingredients.  This made 12 individual stratas.