Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

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Looking for Easter or Mother’s Day Sunday brunch ideas? I love the convenience of a breakfast casserole because you can easily assemble it the night before and have it ready to bake in the morning.

Perfect hands-off cooking leaving you time for the important things, like Easter egg hunts, or Mother’s Day mimosas.

This breakfast casserole (the fancier term being “strata”) has asparagus (fresh) and artichoke hearts (canned), big cubes of rustic bread, bacon, onions, all held together with eggs, milk, and cheddar cheese.

It’s spring in an 8×13!

Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole Recipe

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  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubed rustic bread (about half a loaf), or 6 slices of bread
  • 2 ounces bacon (2 to 3 thick-cut slices), roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 pound of asparagus, trimmed of tough bottoms, spears sliced on the diagonal, in 1-inch long pieces
  • 1 15-ounce can of artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp minced chives or green onion greens
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Method

1 Dry cubed bread in oven: Place cubed bread on a baking sheet, put in a 200°F for 10 to 15 minutes, until somewhat dry. OR you can use stale bread that is no longer soft. Drying the bread in the oven will help keep it from falling apart when you add the egg mixture later.

2 Cook the chopped bacon: Place bacon in medium skillet on medium high heat. Cook until bacon is lightly browned and much of the fat rendered. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, place on a paper towel lined plate to drain. Pour off all but enough bacon fat to coat the bottom of the pan (do not put down the drain, it will clog your pipes).

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3 Sauté onions: Add chopped onions to the pan with bacon fat. Cook on medium high heat until lightly browned, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the bacon back to the pan with the onions, stir, remove from heat.

4 Blanch the asparagus: While the onions are cooking, bring a small pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain and shock the asparagus in ice water to stop the cooking.

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5 Mix eggs, milk, cheese: In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a fork or whisk. Whisk in the milk. Stir in the 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir in the grated cheddar cheese.

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6 Preheat oven to 350°F.

7 Place bread in egg milk mixture, fold in bacon and vegetables: Place the cubed bread in the egg milk mixture and press down with your hands so that the bread cubes absorb most of the egg milk mixture. Gently fold in the onions, bacon, asparagus, chopped artichoke hearts, and chives. (Be gentle as to not break up the bread.)

8 Assemble the casserole: Generously butter the inside of a 2 1/2 to 3 quart (8 x 13 inch) casserole dish. Gently pour the bread egg milk vegetable mixture into the casserole dish and spread out in an even layer.

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At this point you can make up to a day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.

9 Bake: Bake uncovered at 350°F for 4o minutes. If the casserole starts to get too browned while cooking, cover with foil. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

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  • Kate

    This may be good for brunch but I’m thinking also an excellent dinner with a salad. Yum!

  • Amy

    Truly delicious! My guests so enjoyed this dish. I swapped 1/4 lb. of the asparagus for diced zucchini and scattered some sautéed mushrooms in the mix. Also added 1/2 tsp. freshly ground coriander seed to the custard for a light lemony spice. Looking forward to playing with flavors with different breads, veggies, cheeses and seasonings. Thanks for this flexible recipe!

  • Anat

    This looks delicious!! I’m lactose intolerant and I was wondering if it will still be tasty without the cheese and using soy milk instead of regular milk? Or is there anything I can substitute the cheese with? I tried vegan cheeses and they don’t taste very good.. Thank you!!

  • Dean

    Hmmm…never heard of an 8×13 but have numerous 9×13 pans. This sounds perfect. You’ve been my go-to for years when I’m having company and want something reliably delish. Thank you again.

  • Lori Erokan

    I made this last night for dinner, and we loved it! In our family of six, we’ve had our share of strattas, but this is by far the best I’ve ever made. As usual, an Elise recipe works out perfectly–you’ve never steered me wrong! It’s the attention to detail that you provide (like quickly cooking the asparagus pieces, then draining and plunging into iced water, so the pieces stay firm and brightly colored), and the fact that you are just a darned good cook. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us, Elise! xoxo

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