Asparagus and Sausage Strata

This is a perfect recipe if you’re going to have overnight company. You can throw it together the night before and just pop it in the oven when you get up in the morning and wake your houseguests up with a delicious aroma wafting from your kitchen! This is a recipe my mom has used and you can change up the ingredients depending on what’s in season. You can put in peppers, tomatoes, spinach, scallions, broccoli, mushrooms, ham, chorizo, bacon…the list goes on! Whatever combination sounds good to you, just make sure the ingredients are fully cooked before putting the strata together, that’s it! Also, I used up a couple of small blocks of cheese that were in my fridge, but the original recipe calls for cheddar. I had a mix of A Barndance, swiss and gouda but this would also be good with fontina, mozzarella or parmesan. Sound good? I thought so! Here we go!

You’ll need:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Wash the asparagus and cut the woody ends off. Peel and chop the onion.
  3. Put the asparagus and onion in a large baking dish, drizzle with the oil and move them around to get everything coated. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes until softened, turning halfway through.
  5. Remove from the oven and chop into bite sized, 1” pieces. Let them cool.
  6. Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a fry pan over medium heat on the stove until cooked through. Drain the sausage well. Let it cool.
  7. Make sure both the asparagus and sausage are cool before proceeding to the next step!
  8. Butter a large glass baking dish.
  9. Cut the bread into bite sized, 1” pieces. Put the bread in a large bowl.
  10. Add the asparagus, onions, sausage and thyme. Stir to combine.
  11. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and milk. Pour over the bread mixture and stir to combine.
  12. Fold in half of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  13. Put the strata into the prepared baking dish and use a big spoon to spread it evenly.
  14. Cover the strata with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge for at least 4 hours and up to overnight. I refrigerated it for 8 hours and it was perfect.
  15. When you’re ready to cook the strata, preheat the oven to 350.
  16. Unwrap the strata and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  17. Bake  uncovered about 1 hour until the middle is set (not jiggly).
  18. Let it cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
  19. Enjoy!

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