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Easy Breakfast Strata

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, brunch, breakfast,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 10 slices Italian Bread the best of it's a bit stale, two to three days old
  • 8 Large Eggs mixed
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Whipped Cream or Half and Half
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 10 Asparagus younger, if possible, sliced
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Diced Country Ham you can sub with bacon, Canadian bacon, or boar's head smoked ham
  • 1/2 Green Pepper diced
  • 1 cup of Shredded Cheese or 6 slices deli cheese (I used smoked gruyere cheese)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a large pan saute together asparagus, country ham, and green peppers. Add about 1 tbsp of olive oil. Cook for 5 minutes at medium-high heat. Stir to saute everything equally.
  3. Mix eggs together, then to the eggs add 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon dry parsley and a pinch of baking soda. Baking soda acts to make eggs puffy and perfect so do not be afraid to add just a pinch. If you don't have it, that's fine too. No need to panic. Strata will come out delicious regardless.

  4. To the egg mixture add 1/2 cup heavy whipped cream, or half and half; Mix it again.

  5. Oil the baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil, you can use butter if you wish.
  6. Line bread in the baking dish and drizzle with a bit of olive oil.

  7. Top bread with the veggie and ham mixture. Spread equally. Then pour over mixed eggs and cream mixture. 

  8. Press the bread with the fork or spatula. You can keep it in the fridge overnight, or you can bake it right away.
  9. Add cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes in the preheated oven. You may use any cheese that you prefer. I made this with the Mexican blend, cheddar, and mozzarella, so whatever cheese you use it will be fine. 

  10. You can garnish it with chopped parsley or green onions.

Recipe Notes

I made this one using two smaller baking pans but the measurements are for one family size Strata, about 8 servings. This makes an amazing meal for a week. You can mix and match vegetables and meat. You can make it vegetarian or for meat lovers.

Sodium: Country ham is already packed with sodium, as well as cheese so you really do not need much.