Savory Bread Pudding

PREP TIME  20 MIN  TOTAL TIME  1 HR 30 MIN, plus overnight  SERVES 4 – 6

Who says bread pudding needs to be sweet? Brazi Bites, ham, onions, and Gruyere in this savory dish will have your guests reaching for more! Great all-in-one dish for brunch or dinner.

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INGREDIENTS

• 1 T unsalted butter plus dollop for greasing the baking pan
• 1 yellow onion, minced
• 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
• 2 T fresh thyme leaves, chopped
• 8 large eggs
• 1 1/2 cups half and half
• 2 T Dijon mustard
• 1 t Frank’s hot sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
• 1 1/2 t Kosher salt
• 1 lb Brazi Bites (about 30 Bites), stale or toasted, cut in half
• 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
• 1 lb Hempler’s Ham (or your favorite ham) cubed
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

INSTRUCTIONS

PREHEAT OVEN TO 325° F
STEP 1
Coat an 11×7 baking dish with softened butter and set aside.
STEP 2
Place a nonstick frying pan over medium heat and add 1 T butter. When hot, add onions and saute until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic cloves and cook until fragrant, about 1 more minute.
STEP 3
Remove from heat and add 1 T fresh thyme. Set aside.
STEP 4
Whisk eggs, half and half, mustard, hot sauce and salt in large bowl until combined.
STEP 5
Arrange half of the Brazi Bites in the bottom of the greased dish.
STEP 6
Sprinkle with half of the onion mix, ham and Gruyere. Repeat layering with remaining Brazi Bites, onion mix, ham and Gruyere.
STEP 7
Pour egg mixture over the top and press down to immerse bread mixture in the egg mixture. Cover with plastic and place in refrigerator overnight.
STEP 8
Let bread pudding set at room temperature for 30 minutes while oven heats. Bake in middle rack for 20 minutes.
STEP 9
Sprinkle Parmesan over pudding and return to oven at 375 for another 15-20 minutes until puffed and pulling away from the sides.
STEP 10
Sprinkle remaining 1 T Thyme over the top. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.

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