If you're looking for a project this weekend, why not make a wonderful and delicious brunch? This strata is the perfect way to start any day. It's decadent and rich without being too filling. A strata is similar to a savory bread pudding; basically it's layers of bread, prosciutto, cheese, and vegetables covered in an egg milk mixture and baked.
The resulting dish is puffy, flavorful, and absolutely wonderful. I especially enjoy this recipe because it has to be made the night before, meaning the day you want to enjoy it all you have to do is pop it in the oven and bake! Oh, and unless you want a burnt strata, when you make it, try not to fall asleep on the couch while it cooks. Learn the technique by reading more.
18 slices firm white bread (such as English muffin bread), crusts removed Serves 8-10.
6 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
4 ounces provolone, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 pound asparagus, root end removed, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped green onions
6 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
5 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, melted
18 slices firm white bread (such as English muffin bread), crusts removed