Ham and Asparagus Strata
The savory bread pudding called strata
has become one of America’s favorite egg casseroles.
Strata means layers and layering is almost all you have
to do to make one. Once you’ve poured on the custard,
bake or microwave the strata right away or cover and refrigerate
it for several hours or even overnight. With a cold mixture,
allow a little more cooking time to serve up a quick meal
whenever you need it the next day.
12 to 16 (1/2-inch thick) slices French or Italian
bread (about 4 oz.)
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella
or Italian-blend cheese, divided
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped cooked lean ham, divided
8 oz. fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
(about 2 cups)
1 cup skim or low-fat milk
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Evenly coat 8-inch square baking dish with
spray. Layer half of the bread slices on bottom of dish.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese, 1/2 cup of the ham,
and 1 cup of the asparagus pieces. Cover with the remaining
bread slices, laying them flat or in a shingled pattern.
Sprinkle with the remaining cheese, ham, and asparagus spears.
In medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, lemon juice, and
garlic powder. Pour evenly over layers. Cover with plastic
Microwave: Cook on full
power 5 minutes. Rotate dish 1/4 turn. Microwave on 50-percent
power, rotating dish 1/4 turn each 3 to 5 minutes, until
thermometer inserted near center reads 160° F and/or
knife inserted near center comes out clean, about 10 to
Conventional oven: Prepare strata as above.
Cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 350°
F oven until thermometer inserted near center reads 160°
F and/or knife inserted near center comes out clean, about
40 to 45 minutes. Makes 6 servings.