Bacon-Asparagus Strata

Recipe by ratherbeswimmin
READY IN: 1hr 55mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 8
    slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and chopped
  • 1
    (9 ounce) package frozen cut asparagus, thawed and well-drained
  • 34
    cup bottled roasted sweet red pepper, drained and chopped
  • 12
    slices dry white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
  • 3
    cups shredded swiss cheese (12 oz)
  • 3
    cups milk
  • 1 12
    teaspoons dry mustard (or 3 T dijon mustard)
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 14
    teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

  • Lightly coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine bacon, asparagus, and red peppers.
  • Place half of the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish.
  • Top with half of the bacon mixture and half of the cheese.
  • Repeat layers with remaining bread cubes, bacon mixture, and cheese.
  • In a big bowl, beat eggs with a whisk; beat or whisk in milk, mustard, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  • Carefully pour egg mixture evenly over bread mixture in dish.
  • Using the back of a spoon, gently press down on layers to moisten all of the bread.
  • Cover dish with plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 325°; bake, uncovered, for 50-60 minutes or until puffed, golden, and set.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.