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Recipes from the Kitchen of A Bed of Roses. A Savory Asparagus Taragon Strata

July 25th, 2015 by abedofroses

Serve the Strata with Sweet & Spicy Sausage and a Minted Fruit Salad

Serve the Strata with Sweet & Spicy Sausage and a Minted Fruit Salad

This delicious strata is perfect for brunch with a minted fruit salad and some sweet and spicy sausage, or for a special luncheon with a nice salad and a glass of white wine. For the sweet and spicy sausage, cook as directed, put aside, wipe out pan and add jalapeño jelly. Melt the jelly and add the sausage back into the pan to warm and coat with the jelly. Yum!

 

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Sourdough French Bread, cubed
  • 4 Tbs butter, divided
  • 3 scallions, diced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced asparagus spears, top half only
  • ¾ tsp dried tarragon
  • 2 cups grated Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 8 extra large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbs dry Sherry
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ~1/4 cup milk, as needed
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano Cheese

Directions:

  1. Spray a 9” x 13” glass baking dish with butter flavored cooking spray.
  2. Spread cubed bread on the bottom of the dish, covering the bottom completely to form a solid layer
  3. Melt 3 Tbs butter in the microwave and drizzle over bread cubes.
  4. Melt 1 Tbs butter in a medium saute pan and add scallions. Saute 1 minute.
  5. Add mushrooms and saute until they give up their liquid.
  6. Add asparagus and taragon and saute another minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, adding milk, mustard, pepper and cayenne.
  8. Add wine and Sherry to the egg mixture and blend.
  9. Sprinke the grated Mexican Cheese over the bread cubes.
  10. Spread the sautéd vegetables evenly over the top.
  11. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole and cover with tin foil.
  12. Refrigerate overnight.
  1. Remove strata from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for ½ hour
  2. Preheat oven to 325°.
  3. Bake, covered with foil for 50 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk sour cream with ¼ to ½ cup of milk to thin just enough to make it the consistency of a frosting.
  5. Remove strata from oven and spread the sour cream mixture evenly over the top.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese
  7. Increase oven temperature to 375° and switch to confection baking if you have that option.
  8. Return strata to oven and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes until it’s starting to brown.
  9. Let sit for 5 minutes, cut into squares and serve.

    The Strata fresh from the oven

    The Strata fresh from the oven

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