savoury bread pudding with mushrooms and parmesan cheese

October 19, 2009

Good day to you! It certainly is delightful being back in Minneapolis and the comfort of my own home. The weather here is ridiculously gorgeous at the moment. Think autumnal, bright, sunny and highs of 65. Amazing.

Dan and I got to go to a neighborhood potluck Sunday. We made a savoury bread pudding and since we were silly and took lots of photos of the process, I thought I would post a step by step. I know this has been the case a lot recently, but this is not the healthiest recipe ever but there are definitely steps you could take to make it more so, like using less butter, or substituting olive oil and using more milk instead of cream. Amping up the veggie content would also be a great plan.

If you’ve been reading my blog a while you will know that generally I do eat pretty healthily (I promise!) but I love exploring new recipes that are rich in flavor and all that jazz. Sometimes I make the effort to healthify recipes and other times I’ll follow them to the tee. It just depends on my mood. But I am a strong proponent of the idea that once you have reached a happy place with weight and exercise, everything in moderation is a recipe for happy times.


Savoury Bread Pudding with Mushrooms and Parmesan Cheese
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  • 1 (1-pound) loaf crusty country-style white bread
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms (such as crimini, button, portobello, and stemmed shiitake), thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (we used 2 cups heavy whipping cream and skim milk for the rest)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Step by Step Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Cut bread with crust into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups loosely packed).

Look how fast my arm is moving – this was a work out!

Voila! Bread!

2. Place cubes in very large bowl. Add oil, thyme, and garlic; toss to coat.

3. Spread cubes out on large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4. Bake until golden and slightly crunchy, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Return toasted bread cubes to same very large bowl.

5. Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, celery, and bell pepper. Sauté until soft and juices have evaporated, about 15 minutes.

6. Add sautéed vegetables and parsley to bread cubes.

7. Whisk heavy cream, eggs, salt, and ground pepper in large bowl.

8. Mix custard into bread and vegetables.

9. Transfer stuffing to prepared dish. Sprinkle cheese over. [This can be prepared 1 day ahead, covered and refrigerated].

10. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake stuffing uncovered until set and top is golden, about 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes.

Ta-da!! This was delicious and people seemed to love it at the potluck. I think we could have used more mushrooms (we didn’t end up using the required amount) and more bread so that every bite had one of those elements. As it was this tasted like a sort of hybrid quiche/ souffle/ stratta, but super delicious. It could definitely be enjoyed solo with a salad but also makes an awesome side.

By the way love muffins, I am still catching up on a week’s worth of all your awesome blog posts so please bear with me if my commenting is sub-par. I’ll be all caught up soon!

What’s your favorite thing to bring to a pot luck?
I normally like to do something simple like a pasta salad – i.e. something that can’t go wrong!

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VeggieGirl October 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I always bring a batch of my blondies to potlucks :)


Food Makes Fun Fuel October 19, 2009 at 6:35 pm

When it comes to potlucks or gathering, I'm almost always the dessert person. A good, basic cookie recipe is always a winner. And I never slack on the oils when other people are eating it; it just makes the food that much yummier!


K from ksgoodeats October 19, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I've never had a sweet or savory bread pudding and it looks fantastic! Well worth the splurge in my opinion.

I'm crazy and LOVE when it's too sore to laugh – you must have been working hard! Hope your appointment goes well :)


Katie October 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm

I love sweet bread pudding, but have never thought of making it savory! It looks awesome – I will have to try.

I can't remember the last time I went to a potluck, but I imagine I would bring something sweet – cookies, brownies, etc.


Susan October 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm

That looks amazing!! I tried to make something similar once and it turned out kinda mushy. I think it's because the recipe didn't call for toasted bread?

I usually bring hummus and some sort of bite-sized dessert to potlucks. Safe, but they always get gobbled up! :)


Holly October 19, 2009 at 9:56 pm

the bread pudding looks amazing dear! i prefer to bring dessert to potlucls :)


Erica October 19, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Heck yah for pump and step! Sorry about the shins! Make sure you're grounding those heels during the cardio…that should help a bit. Yummy dish! Love the step by steps. The bread used looks just delicious. I usually like to bring dessert or some sort- a crisp/crumble or a fruit dip!


BroccoliHut October 19, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I've never made bread pudding, oddly enough–I should change that, no?
I like to bring guacamole or pizza dip!


runroamrecycle October 19, 2009 at 11:17 pm

ahhh my miniapple-english-blogging-buddy is back!! LOVED the weather today.. sounds like we wont be loving it starting tomorrow though.

i love your attitude on food – it's so nice to see someone who realizes a little butter on occasion won't KILL you. and your bread pudding looks delicious!!

I usually bring something vegetarian so I know there will be at least one main dish i can eat :) I also like to bring dessert because… well, I like dessert!


Leianna October 20, 2009 at 9:39 am

I love to bring desserts to pot lucks. Breads, cookie pizza, or a homemade pie!


Coco October 20, 2009 at 9:45 am

Yum! What a great thing to bring to a potluck!!!! Savory bread pudding sounds divine!
I usually bring some of my Dad's Spicy Thai Chicken Pasta, my Mom's mexican casserole, or I'll bake something.


Janetha October 20, 2009 at 11:32 am

honey pie! hi! this bread pudding is remarkable. i am making it at my next event.. no ifs ands or buts. i love the thought of savory bread pudding. i saw some heirloom tomato bread pudding somewhere and was like DUH such a good idea. thanks for the recipe!

loveeeed your texas recap, holy crap they have a TON of good places to eat! i love the juan in a million name for a mexi place. and we have a spot like that veggie house called evergreen.. reminded me exactly of it. you are so cute in your hat and HOLY BBQ! yumm. i love bbq. i am actually working on a catering order for a work lunch and we are getting bbq! ha. i agree, how do people drink those sweet drinks daily? no idea.

LOVE YOU! sorry i am a slow ass but i came here first!


Thinspired October 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm

You are definitely invited to my next pot luck ;) That recipe looks amazing. Don't you just love epicurious?

I haven't been to many potlucks! I've started bringing things to family events though, since I am trying to be a grown up now. But it is usually just a veggie tray with dip ;) Fail.


brandi October 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

oh my goodness, that looks fabulous!

I like bringing things like pastas or soups, too. It's easy to make a large amount of those and I can usually keep them warm in a crockpot.


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Ahhahaha – we are weather description twins!!

Love that picture of you slicing your heart out – so funny!

I tend to bring a dip of some kind to potlucks. Kind of boring, but I like dips, you know?!


elise October 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm

this is gonna make me sound like an alchy but i like bringing a nice bottle of wine to potlucks.

anyways, i always wondered what bread pudding was. so thanks!


joyofood October 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I'm sorry you have to translate, what is a pot luck? I'm thinking it's like a bbq or buffet.
Anyway me love potato salad.



lilveggiepatch October 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I love potlucks! You and Dan are so cute, and the bread pudding looks FAB. I've only made sweet bread pudding before for breakfast!

I usually bring baked goods, but I brought a savory souffle to the last one I went to.


Alison October 21, 2009 at 6:22 am

Holy Bread Pudding that looks amazing! And girlfriend I know exactly what you're saying and I couldn't agree more – it's ok to eat meals like this from time to time, keeps me sane!


Christina- MINDFUL LIVING October 21, 2009 at 9:06 am

yumm! looks good! im so happy to be back in the blog world- ive been reading all of your posts- never a dull one let me tell you haha. glad to hear everyone enjoyed your dish at the potluck- always makes you feel good, no? also- thanks alot for your comment on my blog ;) you really know how to make someone feel just a tad bit better ;)


runnerskitchen October 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Love this recipe! And my life motto is "everything in moderation". Especially if "moderation" means I get to eat fancy cheese and pie and drink beer. Yay!

Congrats on the return to the gym – sometimes feeling sore can feel oh-so-good :-)


Jolene - EverydayFoodie October 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Oh wow does that look good! I absolutely LOVE potlucks!


runsrests October 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Oh wow, that looks so good! I want to try that when I'm back home. That way, there are more people to eat it. :)
I just read your Texas recap and everything looks amazing. Juan in a Million is a fantastic resto name!
I also love getting sore. I just got back to running after more than a month I'm loving how my muscles ache. ;P


Karena October 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

Coincidence! I made this for Thanksgiving last year (I may have thrown in some sausage for good measure hehe)…complete hit!


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