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!
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.
- My car broke down.
- I got robbed. For real. Someone cleaned out my wallet and there was a hefty amount in there for Christmas shopping.
- A coworker had to take me home because it was raining.
And it sucked, but here’s what I want you to know when you have a really bad day.
- 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.
- 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.
I’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.
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!
- 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
- 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.
- In a 13x9 pan, layer English muffins, ham, asparagus, and cheese. Repeat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Prepare the Hollandaise sauce as directed on the package and drizzle over the strata before serving.