Cheese, Asparagus and Leek Strata

Stratas are “make-ahead” wonders meant to be put together in a few minutes then refrigerated overnight or at least 4 to 6 hours before baking. This one is loaded with seasonal asparagus and savory veggies.

Makes 6 Servings


Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

5 cups sliced asparagus

2 cup sliced leeks (about 3 small)

½ cup water

1 tbsp dried parsley

½ tsp dried tarragon

¼ tsp black pepper

12 (1-ounce) thin slices firm bread (such as Stonemill rye or spelt)

Oil cooking spray

½ cup (4 ounces) shredded cheese, divided

2 ½ cups milk

3 large organic eggs

1 large organic egg white

Directions

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add asparagus, leeks, and water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley, tarragon, and pepper.


Arrange half of bread slices in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top bread slices with half of asparagus mixture, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat procedure with the remaining bread, asparagus mixture, and 1/4 cup cheese.


Combine milk, eggs, and egg white, and stir with a whisk until well-blended. Pour the milk mixture over strata. Cover strata, and chill for 4-6 hours or overnight.


Preheat oven to 400° F and bake strata uncovered for 40 minutes or until set.


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