Fresh Asparagus Strata

12 eggs
1 quart half and half
2 cups milk
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
7-8 cups bread cubes from day old French or Italian bread
1 lb fresh asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces, stems removed
1 cup diced ham (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, half and half, milk, thyme, dill, salt
and pepper until frothy.

Add cheese and breadcubes. Stir well. (Can soak overnight, covered in
fridge at this point.)

Spray 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. Place in pre-heated 350 degree oven for
5 minutes. Remove from oven.

Stir fresh asparagus and ham into bread mixture. Pour into prepared pan.
Spread evenly. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake in the middle of the
oven for 45-minutes. Remove foil. Bake an additional 10-minutes.

Strata should be puffy and golden. To test for doneness insert knife in
center, if it comes out clean, it’s done. Sprinkle with additional parmesan
cheese, if desired.

Cool for 10-minutes before cutting.

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