Use Your Stale Bread in These Savory Bread Puddings
Once bread has turned stale, your options for restoring it to an edible form are limited. You can toast it for bread crumbs. You can even use it in French toast. Or — and it's one of our favorite ways to use stale bread — you can make bread pudding. When dinner time comes and you need a simple meal to feed the family, savory bread pudding is a unique dish that is sure to be a hit. Cubed bread is mixed with a custardy sauce before savory ingredients like bacon, veggies, and lots and lots of cheese are stirred in. So next time you have a loaf that is past its prime, look to these 8 savory bread pudding recipes for inspiration.
Savory Rosemary Bread Pudding
Recipe creator Syd says, "Tossing the bread with olive oil before assembling the dish makes the top crunchy and very tasty--reminiscent of good, homemade croutons, which is exactly what it is."
Savory Leek and Bacon Bread Pudding
This savory bread pudding works for breakfast or dinner, thanks to the addition of bacon. Gruyere adds creaminess without too much tang, and sautéed leeks complete the savory trio.
Savory Gorgonzola Bread Pudding
Rich and tangy gorgonzola stands in stark contrast to the creamy custard base. Serve on its own, or as a side dish for a steak. "This was wonderful," says Jen526. "Such easy prep-work for such a rich and delicious side dish."
Savory Bread Pudding with Mushrooms and Leeks
Get a double dose of mushrooms with this recipe, which features both cremini and portobello varieties. Layer them up with tangy sourdough bread, flavorful leeks, and creamy cheese before baking.
Savory Tomato Bread Pudding
"If you enjoy your grilled cheese sandwiches dipped into tomato soup you'll love this," says reviewer CHRISWELLSW. If you don't have Zinfandel wine on hand, it can be subbed with your favorite type of broth.
Savory Sausage Sun-Dried Tomato and Pumpkin Bread Pudding
This savory bread pudding is sure to be a new favorite fall dish. Fresh pumpkin, rich sausage, and tangy sun-dried tomatoes infuse the casserole with bold flavor.
White Cheddar Savory Bread Pudding
Meatball Bread Pudding
"This was very tasty and incredibly easy," says Stephanie Hamilton. "I could incorporate all 4 food groups and my kids had no idea — they just knew they wanted more!"