This recipe of my mom's is a colorful make-ahead dish that makes brunch a breeze! Substitute the asparagus with other veggies such as broccoli or zucchini, or add a cup of cooked diced ham or sausage for a non-vegetarian twist.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
8 hrs 5 mins
total:
9 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the mushrooms until their liquid has mostly evaporated and the mushrooms are beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Set the mushrooms aside.

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  • Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish, and arrange 8 muffin halves, cut sides up, in the bottom of the dish. Stuff pieces of remaining muffins into the spaces between the halves. Spread 1 cup of Colby-Monterey Jack cheese over the muffins in a layer, and distribute the asparagus pieces, mushrooms, red pepper, and onion over the cheese.

  • Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, dry mustard, and black pepper in a bowl, and pour the egg mixture over the muffins and vegetables. Cover the dish, and refrigerate overnight.

  • The next day, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Remove the casserole from the refrigerator and let stand for 30 minutes. Spread 1 cup of Colby-Monterey Jack cheese in a layer over the casserole.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted near the edge comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; protein 21.2g; carbohydrates 24.7g; fat 18.9g; cholesterol 226.2mg; sodium 784.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2012
This was downright tasty. 5 stars for ease ingredients on hand and the low amount of prep time involved. After reading through the reviews I consolidated the best changes and I am so glad I did. Cooked the onions with the mushrooms and added crookneck squash (before it went bad in the fridge as I hate to waste food). Added a 1/2 tsp of onion powder and a tbsp of hot sauce to the eggs. Forgot to toast the english muffins and the strata still turned out fabulous. Served to 11 women on the last day of our Girl's Weekend and every single one of them asked for the recipe. Now that's my idea of success!!! Thanks Shandeen for a wonderful recipe!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2011
Made this for a New Year's Day brunch. no one said a thing about it which translates to a solid "ehh". Read More
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165 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2012
This was downright tasty. 5 stars for ease ingredients on hand and the low amount of prep time involved. After reading through the reviews I consolidated the best changes and I am so glad I did. Cooked the onions with the mushrooms and added crookneck squash (before it went bad in the fridge as I hate to waste food). Added a 1/2 tsp of onion powder and a tbsp of hot sauce to the eggs. Forgot to toast the english muffins and the strata still turned out fabulous. Served to 11 women on the last day of our Girl's Weekend and every single one of them asked for the recipe. Now that's my idea of success!!! Thanks Shandeen for a wonderful recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2010
I used Thomas' Better Start Light Multi-Grain English Muffins 2% milk & Kraft 2% shredded Colby-Jack cheese. It dropped the calories per serving to 270 and dropped the fat to 12 grams per serving (22 carbs 20 grams protein). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2010
Wow, the best new recipe I've tried in a while. This recipe prompted me to get an allrecipes sign on so I could give a rating. 5 + stars! I halved the portions and prepared it in a 8x8 pan as suggested by another reviewer, baked for 45 minutes and it came out perfectly. The only thing I did different than the directions was cook the onions - added them to the mushrooms when they were about 2/3 done. So simple. Would be a very impressive brunch dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
Yum! I halved the recipe, but was generous with the seasonings. When making eggs, I always add some drops of hot sauce. It doesn't make things spicy, but definitely kicks the flavor up. I sauteed all the veggies except for the asparagus and since I used a 9x9 pan, the dish only had to cook for 35 minutes. If I made this for more people, I would definitely add some chopped ham. Thanks for the easy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
This was fantastic! I did not have any Colby Jack cheese so I subbed in sharp cheddar instead. What's great about this dish is that you can add any vegetables you like-it is really flexible. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2010
Made this for my daughers graduation brunch and it was EXCELLENT! So easy to make and anytime you can make something the night before is a good thing! I used Portabello mushrooms because I couldn't find crimini... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2010
This is the most amazing breakfast I've ever had! Moist, tender, savory.....sheer heaven in my mouth. For couples I recommend halving the recipe and using 8x8 dish as this dish is best eaten fresh out of the oven. Leftovers tend to be tough and rubbery, but still yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2010
This was delicious and very easy to make. Now to figure out how to make a lower fat version. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2012
Delicious! I chose to try this out this year for a Mother's Day brunch with my mother in law. It turned out wonderfully and everyone said it was great! I didn't have any Crimini mushrooms so I used sliced white button mushrooms and added some sausage. My mother in law is allergic to peppers so I omitted those and they weren't missed at all. I also used Kraft Tex Mex cheese mix and substituted the dry mustard for yellow mustard (I tripled the amount as per google directions). As per a review I added 2 extra eggs. Yum! Will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2011
Made this for a New Year's Day brunch. no one said a thing about it which translates to a solid "ehh". Read More
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