Asparagus Mushroom Strata

Asparagus Mushroom Strata
7 or 8 thin stalks of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups coarsely grated Gruyere cheese
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 ½ cups milk
8 large eggs
½ pound Ciabatta bread, cut into 1 ½-inch cubes
In a medium saute pan melt the butter over medium heat and add the asparagus, shallots, and mushrooms. Allow the vegetables to saute for about 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms and shallots are softened and the asparagus can be easily speared with a fork.Meanwhile, mix the cheeses in a bowl with the salt and pepper and set aside. Then whisk together the eggs and milk and set aside.

Generously butter a 13 x 9 baking dish and layer everything as follows: one third of the bread cubes, followed by one third of the cooked vegetable mixture, followed by one-third of the cheese mixture. Repeat this layering two more times. Then, pour the egg and milk mixture over the entire dish, pushing down on the bread so it begins to soak up the custard. Cover the dish and chill it in the refrigerator for 6 hours, or up to 24.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bring the strata to room temperature, then bake it for 40 to 45 minutes, or until it is puffed up the the bread tops are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.

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About Anna K Amendolare

Anna, of aka design, is a web designer and digital marketer. She contributes recipes via homeharv.wordpress.com, manages all of the email marketing for HH, and serves as webmaster for Hometown Harvest. When she is not in front of her computer, she enjoys baking, craft beer, and spinning & cycling to burn off those calories.

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