Sunday, April 7, 2019

Easter Round-Up Part 2

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Asparagus, Bacon and Roasted Red Peppers Strata with Swiss Cheese 
Cook's Notes: Fresh asparagus combined with bacon and roasted red peppers mixed with tart Swiss cheese make this a real crowd pleaser. It's an easy make ahead egg breakfast dish.
Use a dense firm bread e.g. French or sourdough. Recipe adapted from BHG and serves 8-10.

  • 10 strips of bacon, crisp cooked, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup sweet onions, diced
  • 2-1/2 cups diced asparagus, cut in 2 inch lengths
  • 1 cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers, drained, chopped and patted dry on a paper towel
  • 8-10 cups torn bread cubes
  • 3 cups shredded Swiss Cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. each Italian seasoning and parsley flakes
  • Lightly coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Fry bacon and last few minutes add in chopped onions. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • In a medium bowl combine bacon, onions, 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 blender beat eggs with milk, mustard, spices, 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 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until puffed, golden, and set. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Meyer Lemon Cream
Cook's Notes: A light dessert the perfect finish to your Easter Brunch

UP NEXT Easter Round-Up Part 3 
Baked Blueberry Lemon French Toast  and  Bacon Wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus

Savor a poem
"The Lesson"
by Billy Collins

In the morning when I found History
snoring heavily on the couch,
I took down his overcoat from the rack
and placed its weight over my shoulder blades.

It would protect me on the cold walk
into the village for milk and the paper
and I figured he would not mind,
not after our long conversation the night before.

How unexpected his blustering anger
when I returned covered with icicles,
the way he rummaged through the huge pockets
making sure no major battle or English queen
had fallen out and become lost in the deep snow.

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