A strata is an easy, make-ahead layered dish that’s ideal for a large crowd. Whether or not you use leftovers such as ham, it’s impressive enough to serve for an Easter brunch. Ours is chock full of yummy spring classics–asparagus, ham and hard-boiled eggs.
Prepare strata, but do not bake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 day. Remove plastic wrap. Place straight from the refrigerator into centre of preheated 350F (180C) oven. Bake until edges are golden and a knife inserted into centre of strata comes out fairly clean, from 50 to 55 minutes.
If using fresh bread, lightly toast whole slices in a toaster or a preheated 375F (190C) oven just until lightly browned. This will help prevent strata from becoming too soggy and mushy.