Strata with Goat Cheese & Asparagus


With a fluffy and light texture, this strata makes the perfect breakfast or brunch dish. Crumbles of goat cheese ensure each bite is salty and creamy. If the goat cheese is soft, place it in the fridge to harden, which will make crumbling easier.

a recipe photo of the Strata with Goat Cheese & Asparagus
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Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins


  • 8 cups cubed crusty whole-wheat bread (1/2-inch)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, sliced (1/4-inch)

  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 8 large eggs

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 6 ounces goat cheese, finely crumbled


  1. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange bread cubes in an even layer in the dish.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and starting to brown in some places, about 5 minutes. Add asparagus; cook, stirring occasionally, until bright green, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Whisk eggs, half-and-half, thyme, mustard, pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until smooth.

  4. Spread the vegetable mixture evenly over the bread. Sprinkle with goat cheese, pressing some of the goat cheese into the crevices. Slowly pour the egg mixture over the bread, vegetables and goat cheese. Cover and refrigerate until the liquid is absorbed, at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the strata from the refrigerator; let stand to warm to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

  6. Cover the strata with foil; bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil; bake, uncovered, until the center is set and the edges are browned and crispy, 35 to 45 minutes. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate unbaked strata for up to 24 hours; proceed with Step 5.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

370 Calories
22g Fat
26g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 370
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 218mg 73%
Vitamin A 1348IU 27%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Vitamin D 44IU 11%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 95mcg 24%
Vitamin K 33mcg 28%
Sodium 695mg 30%
Calcium 189mg 15%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 55mg 13%
Potassium 315mg 7%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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