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Asparagus Cheese Strata

1½ lbs asparagus, cut into 2-in. pieces                   
3 tbsp butter, melted                                                     
1 loaf sliced bread, crusts removed                         
¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided                              
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham                                 
6 eggs
3 cups milk
2 tsp dried minced onion
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp dry mustard

1)      In saucepan, cover asparagus with water; cover & cook until tender but firm. Drain & set aside. 
2)      Lightly brush butter over one side of bread. 
3)      Place half of bread, buttered side up, in greased 13x9 in. pan. Sprinkle with ½ cup cheese.  Layer with asparagus & ham.  Cover with remaining bread, buttered side up.
4)      In bowl, lightly beat eggs; add milk, onion, salt & mustard; pour over bread.  Cover & refrigerate overnight. 
5)      Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 50 min.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Return to oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and knife inserted comes out clean. 

Makes 10-12 servings.