New York strata
This is a popular brunch dish in America. You can prepare it the night before, refrigerate overnight and bake the following morning.
Preparation time: 10 min Standing time: Overnight Baking time: 40-50 min
12 slices white bread, crusts removed and buttered 375 ml (1½ c) grated mature Cheddar cheese 250 g Russians or chorizo, cut into slices and fried 6 tomato slices, halved and sliced 1 can (410 g) asparagus spears, drained (reserve the liquid) 6 eggs 500 ml (2 c) milk 3 ml (generous ½ t) mustard powder salt and black pepper to taste extra tomato wedges, grated cheese and chopped spring onion to garnish honey or syrup to serve (optional)
Grease a medium-sized ovenproof dish. 1 Arrange 6 slices of bread in the prepared dish. Scatter over the cheese and sausage slices and arrange the tomato slices and asparagus spears on top. Cut the remaining slices of bread into cubes and scatter on top. 2 Whisk together the asparagus liquid, eggs and milk. Season with mustard powder, salt and pepper and pour the mixture over the dish. Leave in the fridge overnight. 3 Preheat the oven to 180 °C and bake for 40-50 minutes or until set. Garnish with extra tomato wedges, grated cheese and chopped spring onion. Serve with honey or syrup, if using.
TIP Add any vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, baby marrows and mushrooms.