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Ham & Asparagus Strata

Ingredients

  • 1 lb asparagus, cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, 1/2” dice
  • 2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 green) 1/2” dice
  • 10 oz thick sliced ham, 1/2” dice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 7 cups cubed bread like ciabatta* (14-16 oz loaf)
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2-13.5 oz cans Coconut Milk (found in the baking section)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • Optional: 1 cup lactose free cheese such as Daiya
You’ll find Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk at Walmart

Coconut Milk replaces milk for a dairy-free strata. It makes the tastiest breakfast or brunch treat. Assemble a day ahead for care-free entertaining!

Time

  • 40 minutes to assemble
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • 60-70 minutes to bake

Yield

  • Serves 8

Directions

  1. Grease a 9″ X 13″ baking dish. Blanch asparagus one minute in boiling, salted water. Cool in ice water and drain well. Or in place of blanching, roast asparagus in a 450° oven until lightly blackened, for an added depth of flavor
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over a medium-high temperature. Add onion and peppers. Stir-fry until tender crisp. Pat asparagus dry and add to skillet with ham. Salt and pepper to taste. Sauté 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add bread. Mix well and spread into baking dish. Cool mixture in refrigerator.
  3. Beat eggs, Coconut Milk, mustard and dill in a large mixing bowl. Pour evenly across bread mixture. Poke with a fork and press down to make sure all liquid is soaked into ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Remove baking dish from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 50 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese (if desired) and bake 10-20 minutes longer or until puffed and golden. Knife inserted in middle should pull out clean. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

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