Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Asparagus and Mushroom Strata
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While it is starting to get spindly, asparagus is still available in our local farmers' markets. I've been wanting to make this strata for ages, but for one reason or another kept putting it off. I finally decided it was foolish not to try it while asparagus is so cheap and plentiful. I always welcome recipes that make company breakfast or brunch easier to do and I like stratas because they can be assembled the night before they're needed. This one, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens magazine, is really easy to assemble and it is a pleasant way to start the day. If you are looking for a recipe that will simplify the serving of breakfast or brunch, you might want to give this one a try. It will never replace Eggs Benedict, but it's easy to do and festive. Here's the recipe.
Asparagus and Mushroom Strata...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, adapted from a recipe in Better Homes and Gardens magazine
1 pound thin asparagus spears
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (8 ounces)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh dillweed or 1 teaspoon dried dillweed
12 slices French or Italian bread, cut into 4x1x1-inch sticks
2-1/4 cups half-and-half or whole milk
1/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
1) Clean asparagus; snap off woody bases. Cut thick spears in half lengthwise. Cut spears into 3-inch pieces. In a large saucepan bring a small amount of water to boiling. Add asparagus. Cook, uncovered, 1 minute. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain on paper towels.
2) Lightly grease a 2-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside. In a large skillet heat oil. Add mushrooms, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until nearly all liquid has evaporated. Set aside.
3) In a bowl toss together the Swiss cheese and dillweed.
4) Cover bottom of baking dish with half of the bread sticks. Top with half of the mushrooms, half of the cheese mixture, and half of the asparagus. Repeat with remaining mushrooms, cheese mixture, and asparagus. Top with remaining bread pieces.
5) In a bowl beat together eggs and half-and-half. Pour mixture over layers in dish. Press lightly with back of a spoon to thoroughly moisten bread. Sprinkle grated cheese over top. Cover and chill 2 hours. Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degree F oven about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
To Make Ahead: Layer the strata and pour the egg mixture over layers. Cover and chill up to 24 hours. Bake, uncovered, as directed above.
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Asparagus and White Bean Salad - One Perfect Bite
Penne with Asparagus and Lemon Sauce - One Perfect Bite
Asparagus Soup - One Perfect Bite