Cheddar, Bacon and Asparagus Strata

    Cheddar, Bacon and Asparagus Strata

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    9hr45min


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    About this recipe: This strata recipe is an impressive layered dish of egg, bread, cheese, bacon and gorgeous green asparagus. I made this for my family and it was devoured. Simply assemble in the evening and bake it in the morning for a fab brunch dish.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 450g bacon
    • 450g fresh asparagus, trimmed
    • 8 eggs
    • 475ml milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 (500g) loaf sliced bread, crusts removed
    • 120g grated Cheddar cheese
    • 4 tablespoons chopped onion
    • 1/2 red pepper, diced
    • 120g grated Cheddar cheese

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Extra time:8hr chilling  ›  Ready in:9hr45min 

    1. Cook the bacon in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a kitchen paper-lined plate. Chop the bacon and set aside.
    2. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover and bring the water to the boil. Add the asparagus, cover and steam until bright green but still crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove asparagus and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard powder, salt and pepper until smooth and well combined.
    4. Grease a 20x30cm baking dish. Layer the bread slices into the bottom of the dish, cutting and fitting extra slices as needed to fill spaces. Sprinkle 120g of Cheddar cheese over the bread, followed by the chopped onion. Arrange asparagus spears and red pepper in a layer over the onion. Sprinkle chopped bacon over the red pepper; top with another layer of bread slices, cutting and filling in spaces as before. Pour the egg-milk mixture evenly over the casserole, and refrigerate overnight.
    5. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes; sprinkle 120g grated Cheddar cheese over the top of the dish, return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean, 10 to 15 more minutes.

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