Savory Bread Pudding

Yield: 8-10 Servings

1/4 Lb. Bacon

1 Cup Minced Onion

6 Large Eggs (Farm Fresh, if Available)

2 1/2 Cups Milk

2 Teaspoons Country French Seasoning

1/2 Teaspoons French Grey Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Green Peppercorns

1 1/2 Cup Grated Gruyere Cheese

1/2 Cup Chopped Kale (Optional)

6 Cups Cubed Crusty Bread

4 Tablespoons Butter, Divided

If you’re looking for a savory dish that is out of the ordinary and pleasing to both the eye and the palate, try this recipe. It is not only beautiful, but it is also a beautiful option to potatoes or rice when you want something special to complement your braised meats.

 

Sauté bacon in medium size pan until well done, but not crispy. Remove from pan and set aside. Add onion to the bacon fat and sauté until transparent. Drain and set aside to cool.

 

Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl. Add milk, seasoning blend, salt, and pepper and whisk together until mixture is smooth and creamy.

 

Place bread in large mixing bowl. Add egg mixture and toss together until bread is coated. Make sure the bread is submerged in the egg mixture. Cover and let stand for 1 hour to allow the bread to absorb the liquids.

 

Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8-10 ramekins with butter.

Carefully add bacon, onion, cheese, and kale to the bread mixture. Toss together gently, taking care not to break the break in the process.

 

Ladle bread mixture into ramekins. Dot tops with butter and place on cookie sheet. Loosely cover with foil and bake on center rack in oven for 35 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 5-7 minutes until tops are golden brown.

 

Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes, allowing the pudding to set before serving. Serve warm or room temperature.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
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French Grey
Sea Salt
With its artisanal, Old
World appeal, French
Grey sea salt is a favorite of professional chefs. Hand harvested from mineral-rich salt beds, we believe this one is the perfect salt for accomplished Home Chefs as well.
French Grey Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Country French 
Seasoning
Our Country French
seasoning blend is a
must-have for every Home Chef. Adapted from the traditional French bouquet garni, it is perfect when you want to create soups, stocks, and stews with a French flare. And it essential for dishes like Beef Burgundy, Osso Bucco, Carbonnade, Roasted Chicken, and more!
Country French Seasoning (a.k.a. Bouquet Garni) from MorningStar Kitchen
Green
Peppercorns
Green peppercorns are
harvested from the pepper
vine before the berries have reached their full maturity, resulting in a zestier flavor than that of black or white peppercorns. Chefs use them when they are seeking a lighter, cleaner, and fresher taste from their pepper.
Green Peppercorns from MorningStar Kitch
At MorningStar Kitchen we love bread pudding for its versatility, and for its ability to bring amazing flavors to a menu, both savory and sweet.
Check out some of our other recipes for bread pudding like our
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding Recipe by MorningStar Kitchen