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  • 3 cups fresh asparagus (about 1 pound), tough stems removed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup nonfat or low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cups whole-grain bread cubes, crusts removed (5-6 slices)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 medium pepper)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 cup finely chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1 cup grated Swiss or Emmenthaler cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, Asiago, or other sharp, hard cheese

Asparagus and Red-Pepper Strata

Staff | Delicious Living
  • Serves: 6 people

This savory egg-and-bread pudding, laden with colorful spring vegetables, can be prepared in advance for an elegant one-dish meal. Serve with a simple green salad and a crisp white wine.

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cut asparagus on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces. Blanch in boiling, salted water for 1 minute, then transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Whisk in sour cream, milk, red pepper flakes, white pepper, and basil.
  4. Place half of the bread cubes in the baking dish, then layer on half of the asparagus, red pepper, mushrooms, onions, and Swiss cheese. Pour half of the egg mixture over the vegetables. Lightly press down with a spatula. Repeat all layers. Top with Parmesan cheese. Press down again and let stand for 10 minutes.
  5. Bake for 45–50 minutes, until firm in center and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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