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Ham and Asparagus Strata

by Amy D

Easy make ahead meets elegant when it comes to this ham and asparagus strata. Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise sauce mix, and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. 

Excellent for using up leftover ham!

Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybaker

I meant to get this ham and asparagus strata posted last week. As I mentioned in my eggnog scones post, it would be a great make ahead breakfast for Christmas morning. But then last week, I had such a humdinger of a bad day that it left me reeling for a few days.

  1.  My car broke down. 
  2. I got robbed. For real. Someone cleaned out my wallet and there was a hefty amount in there for Christmas shopping.
  3. A coworker had to take me home because it was raining.Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybaker

And it sucked, but here’s what I want you to know when you have a really bad day. 

  1. It’s okay to say all right, I’m taking a mental health break…and then follow through with it! I spent the next few days with my family, making Christmas candy, not obsessing over my to do lists and just allowing myself to be in the moment with them.
  2.  When something rotten happens you can focus on the bad stuff or you can focus on the good stuff. I had so many people offer their assistance to me after they heard what happened. People who wanted to make sure that my kids were still going to get their Christmas. People who wanted to be sure I could get where I needed to go. People who care about me and my family. What was it Mr. Rogers said? When something bad happens look for the helpers. I am so thankful for all the helpers who stepped up for me last week.

Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybaker

 Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybakerI’ve been wanting to make this for the blog for ages and then recently fresh asparagus was on sale and I couldn’t resist! Asparagus is my favorite vegetable.  But it was kind of sad asparagus and I maybe should have just bought frozen. So if you run into the same problem as me, just buy the frozen stuff. Also, if you use frozen asparagus you can forgo the blanching.Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybaker

Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybaker

My kids love this easy make ahead breakfast casserole  because it’s got two of their favorites, asparagus and ham. I like it because,well you saw the part about how it’s an easy make ahead recipe that my kids love and it’s a great way to use up leftover ham. Enough said! This ham and asparagus strata is a great dish to make for a crowd because it’s so easy to whip up and just stick in the fridge, making it perfect if you have overnight guests. And with such versatile ingredients it can be eaten as breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. 

Don’t like asparagus? Try it with broccoli or bell peppers.

Hate Swiss cheese? Use your favorite instead.

Hollandaise too out there for your kids? Top it with your favorite cheese sauce instead. This strata is so easy to modify!

Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybaker

Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybaker
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Ham and Asparagus Strata

Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a creamy breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. Excellent for using up leftover ham! 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped asparagus
  • 8 English muffins cubed
  • 2 cups ham chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 packages Hollandaise sauce mix
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup half and half or milk

Instructions

  1. If using fresh asparagus, bring a pot of water to a boil, add the asparagus and bring back to a boil. Then immediately drain. If using frozen asparagus, simply thaw and chop. 

  2. In a 13x9 pan, layer English muffins, ham, asparagus, and cheese. Repeat.

  3. In a medium sized bowl,  whisk together the eggs, one package of the Hollandaise sauce mix, the half and half, salt and pepper. Pour over casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate preferably overnight, but at least 8 hours. 

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the pan in the oven still covered with the foil. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the casserole is set and the edges are golden brown, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking. 

  5. Prepare the Hollandaise sauce as directed on the package and drizzle over the strata before serving. 

Layers of English muffins, ham, asparagus and cheese are drenched in eggs, Hollandaise mix and half and half for a hearty breakfast casserole that works great anytime of year. #ham #asparagus #breakfastcasserole #breakfastrecipe #accidentalhappybaker

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Jacque Hastert January 15, 2019 - 11:33 am

5 stars
I am making this for Sunday brunch. Adding the ingredients to my list right now.

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Chef Mireille January 15, 2019 - 11:17 am

5 stars
what a fabulous casserole for brunch and asparagus is one of my favorite veggies too! I wouldn’t mind digging into this one!

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Anna Hettick January 15, 2019 - 11:15 am

5 stars
What a great recipe for brunch or even meal prepping! I may try this-this weekend for our breakfasts next week!

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Dannii January 15, 2019 - 10:55 am

5 stars
This would be great for feeding a crowd at brunch. A great way to get some extra veggies too.

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Amy D January 16, 2019 - 9:53 am

I’m all about sneaking the veggies in where I can!

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Mike Hultquist January 15, 2019 - 10:50 am

5 stars
I love this recipe. You’re right, it’s totally easy to throw together when people wind up crashing over, and you can also toss in a few other ingredients as desired. Nice!!

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Amy D January 16, 2019 - 9:53 am

Yes, it’s so easy to modify to suit your own tastes! You’re sure to find a version that your family will love, Mike.

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Jessica Formicola January 15, 2019 - 10:03 am

5 stars
This would be the perfect dish for our Sunday brunch! Can’t wait to try it!

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Amy D January 15, 2019 - 10:09 am

Sounds like a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning to me!

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