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Spicy Breakfast Strata

Jennifer and Dave We love hosting brunch and are always looking for new recipes to share with friends and family. This recipe is from Aida Mollenkamp of the Food Network. The strata is unique in that there is no breakfast meat. It packs a spicy punch and has been a crowd-pleaser several times over. Note: This strata needs to sit overnight in the refrigerator before baking

Prep
Cook
Serves 6people
Ingredients
1
tbsp unsalted butter
6
medium scallions, ends trimmed and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
8
oz asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
6
large eggs
1 1/2
cups half-and-half
1
tsp kosher salt
1/2
tsp cumin
1/4
tsp ground black pepper
1/2
lb loaf ciabatta or French bread, sliced 3/4-inch thick
1 1/2
cup shredded Jack cheese (about 4 ounces)
1/2
cup pickled jalapenos, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1/2
cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
Sour cream, for garnish
Avocado, for garnish
Directions
1.
Butter (or cooking spray) 8-by-8-inch baking dish and set aside. Heat butter over medium heat. When it foams, add scallions, and cook until just softened, about 1 minute. Add asparagus and cook until bright green and beginning to soften, about 2 minutes; remove from heat.
2.
Whisk eggs, half-and-half, salt, cumin, and pepper in a large bowl until evenly combined. Arrange half of the bread in bottom of prepared dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese and half each of jalapenos, cilantro, and asparagus mixture. Pour over half of egg mixture. Repeat layering with remaining bread, another 1/2 cup of the cheese, and remaining chilies, cilantro and asparagus mixture. Pour remaining egg mixture over top.
3.
Sprinkle strata with another 1/4 cup of the cheese and push to ensure bread is submerged in egg custard. Cover with plastic wrap, put a plate and a 1-pound weight on top (a large can of tomatoes or rice in a re-sealable plastic bag works well), place in refrigerator for 1 to 12 hours.
4.
When ready to bake, heat oven to 325 degrees F and arrange rack in the middle. Let strata sit at room temperature while oven heats, at least 20 minutes.
5.
Sprinkle strata with remaining 1/4 cup of the cheese and bake until puffed and edges pull away slightly, about 40 to 45 minutes. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Serve with some cilantro, sour cream, and avocado, as desired.

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