Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vegetable & Ham Strata

1/2 lb fresh asparagus spears, trimmed & cut into 1" pieces
1/2 cup (3 oz) ham, chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
2 sourdough English muffins, split in half
1 cup shredded Cojack cheese, divided
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Cook asparagus in saucepan, covered, in a small amount of boiling water 6 - 8 minutes, or until crisp-tender; drain.  In bottom of 8 x 8 baking pan, place English muffin halves, split sides up.  Top with 1/2 cup of cheese, asparagus, ham & bell pepper.  Whisk eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt & pepper until well blended.  Pour egg mixture over muffins & cheese.  Place remaining cheese in a quart-sized ziploc bag.  Cover pan, label, & freeze, attaching bag of remaining cheese to the pan. 

To serve:
Thaw completely in refrigerator.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake, unocovered, 35 minutes.  Top with remaining cheese and bake 5 - 7 minutes longer, or  just until cheese is melted.  Cut strata into squares.  If desired, serve with prepared packaged Hollandaise sauce.

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