Strata

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

25 minutes

Serves:

1

Level:

Beginner

About the Recipe

Yet another delicious recipe from Judith Jones's book The Pleasures of Cooking for One! This really could be a meal at any time of the day. I found a wonderful kale/Brussel sprout salad mix at Costco that I put on the side and it was the perfect decadent dinner.

Ingredients

About 1/2 cup of stale bread torn into pieces

1/4 cup milk

2 slices baked ham

a little soft butter

3 spears cooked asparagus

Salt

1 large egg

1/4 cup mixture of milk and cream or half-and-half

Pepper

A couple of torn fresh sage or basil leaves (optional)

1 generous tablespoon of grated cheese (Parmesan or aged Cheddar or Swiss)


Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put the bread in a bowl with the 1/4 cup of milk and soak 5 minutes then squeeze through your fingers to dissolve the crumbs in the milk.

Place ham on bottom of single-portion buttered baking dish and lay the asparagus spears (cut in half) on the ham. Spread the soaked bread on top and salt lightly. Beat the egg with the milk/cream mixture, add a little salt and freshly ground pepper, and pour over the dish. Arrange optional herbs on top and sprinkle on the grated cheese.


Bake 25 minutes. Let settle for a few minutes when you take it out of the oven.



What I'm Watching




It's summer, so I'm all about watching Something's Gotta Give while I cook. Some of you might watch for Keanu Reeves. I watch because I have a crush on that house!