They can range from informal gatherings at home to fully catered banquets. I love to see an eclectic collection of family serving pieces paired with cheery linen and flowers from the wedding reception.
Ham and Asparagus Strata from the American Egg Board
(Makes 6 servings)
The savory bread pudding called strata has become one of America’s favorite egg casseroles. Strata means layers and layering is almost all you have to do to make one. Once you’ve poured on the custard, bake or microwave the strata right away or cover and refrigerate it for several hours or even overnight. With a cold mixture, allow a little more cooking time to serve up a quick meal whenever you need it the next day.
Evenly coat 8-inch square baking dish with spray. Layer half of the bread slices on bottom of dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese, 1/2 cup of the ham and 1 cup of the asparagus pieces. Cover with the remaining bread slices, laying them flat or in a shingled pattern. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese, ham and asparagus spears. In medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, lemon juice and garlic powder. Pour evenly over layers. Cover with plastic wrap.
Conventional oven: Prepare strata as above. Cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 350° F oven until thermometer inserted near center reads 160° F and/or knife inserted near center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.
*Stratas and frittatas are great at room temperature.