I was going to say that you could cook this amazing strata with asparagus and caramelized onions for coming up Mother’s Day but not sure why would you cook if you are a mother?! Unless you are cooking for your mom.
We do not really celebrate Mother’s Day, nor Father’s Day, nor Cinco de Mayo. I mean, in America there is a show every day and a holiday every month. Both me and Alex grew up in a former USSR where timeout means belt (seriously I got it maybe twice from my crazy dad (thanks mom for the rescue) but Alex had it way more from his insane step dad). We celebrated New Years with champagne like there is no tomorrow and that’s it. I mean there is life to celebrate every day and we do not wait for special occasions to drink wine, say “I love you”, buy Lululemon or Nixon watch (that is not me). I mean we try to make every weekend a memorable one and we absolutely can’t stand restaurant crowds during any holiday. And I don’t like money wasted on flowers – get me wild flowers and buy food. Alex says I’m a nightmare to shop for. Just buy me food, honey!
Anyways, if you are a “normal” North American and are going to have brunch and have to cook, I know eggs rule for brunches. This strata came out amazeballs in all senses. And welcome to my dark and messy kitchen without quartz countertops. So what?! I have a gas stove and that beats quartz.
Today I’m enjoying this photo tutorial, might not happen soon again so I will go for it. To make strata you start with caramelizing onions. I have seen recipes calling for 1 hour cooking time but I cook mine for 15 minutes. If that is wrong, I apologize but it worked and the strata was delicious.
Caramelized onions are quite flavourful on their own but I wanted to add a bit of smoky flavour to imitate bacon aromas. We do not eat bacon so all my boys were like OMG wowed. Kids even didn’t mind eating onions with all that “bacon” flavour. Liquid smoke is optional and is totally healthy and not carcinogenic. I talked in details about it in my Clean Eating BBQ Sauce Recipe post.
Then you whisk eggs. I used almond milk which didn’t add any weird taste. I saved all those egg shells for fertilizing my organic garden. By now I have planted quite a bunch and will share pictures once it starts to grow. Do you garden? Do you want to see my organic garden?
I have to say I had plans for asparagus quiche recipe but I went grocery shopping and saw one of those yucky big corp’s recipe cards for a strata and loved the idea. Recipe is all mine though. The only ingredient I would wanna eat on that recipe card were eggs and asparagus.
Baguette is usually a bread of choice for strata but I used my beloved organic sprouted bread. Works like a charm and send baguette to your barking dog neighbour.
Then all you do is layer, that’s pretty much it. And pour egg mixture on top. So easy and flavourful! Strata can be served room temperature or we like it cold too. It is important to let it cool off for proper slicing. This strata is mostly vegetables than bread, just loaded with veggies!
My baking dish got a tiny bit overflown so maybe place a baking tray underneath the oven shelf or use larger then deep pie dish. Enjoy and be healthy!
Happy Mother’s Day!
- 3 large onions, sliced
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
- 6 eggs, large
- 1 1/2 cups any milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 11/4 tsp salt, divided
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 4 green onion sprigs, chopped
- 10 oz asparagus, trimmed & cut into 2" pieces (weigh after trimming)
- 4 organic sprouted bread slices, cut in big chunks (Dave's Killer, Ezekiel or Silver HiIls work)
- 1 oz parmesan cheese, grated
- Cooking spray (I use Misto)
- Preheat large skillet on low - medium heat and coat with coconut oil. Add onions and cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. At the end sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt and liquid smoke (if using), stir and remove from heat.
- While onions are cooking, in a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, remaining 1 tsp salt, ground black pepper and green onions. Chop asparagus.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray deep pie dish or 8" x 11" baking dish with cooking spray. Lay half of the bread, followed by half of asparagus and top with half of caramelized onions. Sprinkle half of Parmesan cheese. Repeat layer and then carefully pour egg mixture on top. Loosely cover with parchment paper and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool almost completely before slicing. Serve warm or cold.
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving = 1 slice:
Total Fat: 7.5 g
Cholesterol: 142.4 mg
Sodium: 571.6 mg
Total Carbs: 19.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.9 g
Protein: 10.5 g
WW Points+: 5