Spring Time Maple Ham and Asparagus Strata for Mother’s Day

Ontario Pork’s recipe for Maple Ham and Asparagus Strata is the perfect all-in-one meal for a no-fuss brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is perfect for a Mother’s Day get together. Give it a try!

Maple Ham and Asparagus Strata

Maple Ham and Asparagus Strata

Recipe and picture courtesy of Foodland Ontario.

Yield: 6 to 8
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

10 to 12 stalks Ontario asparagus (approx 2 cups / 500 mL)
1 whole wheat baguette (325 g approx)
1 cup (250 mL) finely diced Ontario maple ham
2 cups (500 mL) shredded light cheeses (Havarti, Swiss, Parmesan, Cheddar, Friulano or a blend)
1/4 cup (50 mL) finely chpped green onion
3 Ontario eggs
3 Ontario egg whites
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) 1% milk
1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp (1mL) each salt and pepper
2 tbsp (30 mL) grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Wash and trim asparagus. Place in shallow heatproof dish and cover with boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Chop remaining stalks into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces to make about 2 cups (500 mL).
  2. Cut or tear baguette into cubes; spread in greased 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish. Evenly spread chopped asparagus, ham and shredded cheese in dish; sprinkle with green onions.
  3. In bowl, beat eggs with egg whites. Add milk, mustard, salt and pepper; pour over bread mixture, pressing and smoothing top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and for up to 12 hours. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (if using). Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 1 hour or until golden. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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