Friday, December 11, 2015

Dozens of reasons to celebrate the season #OhioEggs --Ham Asparagus Tomato Strata Christmas morning casserole...



This is the busiest time of the year. Everyone seems rushed. Whether you're trying to finish your last minute holiday shopping or planning your big Christmas morning breakfast for the family it can definitely add a lot of extra stress and take away a little bit of the holiday cheer!

Today, I'm excited to share an easy morning casserole dish that you can make ahead of time from the Ohio Egg Farmers. It's a good chance the eggs you're eating this holiday come from them as they are the second largest egg producing state in the nation, producing 8.7 billion eggs each year!

They have also shared some great egg facts and breakfast cooking tips that will hopefully make your life a little bit easier as we get through these next couple of weeks.

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 The Ohio Egg Farmers recommend starting your day with eggs to keep you energized during this busy time of year! Not only will all-natural eggs keep you energized, but because they are packed with high-quality protein they will help you cut down on unnecessary snacking and overeating by keeping you fuller longer. One egg only has 70 calories and it's packed with 13 essential vitamins and minerals as well as high-quality protein and healthy antioxidants. 


Ham Asparagus Tomato Strata

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 50 min
Yields: 10 Servings

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. butter
2 cups asparagus pieces (1-inch)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup grape tomato halves 
1 cup (5 oz) diced cooked ham (1/2 inch)
10 cups French or Italian bread pieces (3/4 inch)
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Italian cheese blend
10 eggs
2 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add asparagus and onion, cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes and ham.

Place 1/2 of the bread in greased 13X9 inch baking dish. Top evenly with layers of 1/2 of the asparagus mixture and cheese. Cover with remaining bread, asparagus mixture and cheese.

Beat eggs, half and half, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until blended. Pour over layers in baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight. 

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 45-50 minutes or until puffed, golden and knife inserted near center comes out clean.

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Sleep in on Christmas morning by making this the night before! Pop in the oven when you wake up for a warm and hearty breakfast.

Cut down on holiday stress by making breakfast casseroles weeks, or even months ahead of time. Freeze it before or after baking it. Just make sure to eat the casserole within 3 months!

When making a baked egg dish, pour your egg mixture on top of the layers of meats, breads, cheeses and vegetables. This helps the egg mixture soak into the ingredients and ensures the dish is moist and delicious.

Egg dishes should be cooked until an internal temperature of 160 degrees F is reached to prevent foodborne illnesses. 

Visit OhioEggs.com for this recipe and more cooking and safety tips from Ohio's egg farmers. 

Happy Holidays!


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