This bread pudding isn't a typical dessert bread pudding. Instead it's a savory dish that makes a great side or a flavorful main dish. Use it anytime an adult macaroni and cheese would fit the meal, and you won't be disappointed. As a side note, this tastes even better as rewarmed leftovers than it does fresh out of the oven, so make enough to take for lunch tomorrow!


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 15 mins
1 hr 15 mins
3 hrs
1 9x13-inch baking dish


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

  • Place bacon in another large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels, reserving grease in the skillet.

  • Cook pear slices in reserved bacon grease over medium-low heat until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain pear slices on paper towels.

  • Beat eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl until smooth. Add heavy cream, black pepper, salt, and Italian seasoning; mix until well-blended.

  • Place half the bread cubes in a 9x13-inch glass baking pan. Sprinkle half the Gorgonzola cheese on top. Pour onion mixture over cheese. Spread half the bacon and pears on top. Repeat layering remaining bread, Gorgonzola cheese, and pears, ending with bacon. Pour egg mixture slowly and evenly over layers. Press down with a spatula or a gloved hand to prevent bread from overflowing.

  • Place baking pan in the refrigerator until bread soaks up egg mixture, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Bake bread pudding in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, covering with aluminum foil if needed, 40 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let dish set before serving, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

659 calories; protein 23.8g; carbohydrates 36.3g; fat 46.8g; cholesterol 308.7mg; sodium 1637.8mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
Next time (and yes there WILL be a next time) I'll use less Italian seasoning less salt and a lot more pear. I couldn't taste the pears at all. I have a feeling with these changes it'll be 5 stars. UPDATE: I made this again this time quadrupling the pears and cutting the salt and Italian Seasoning in half. The pear taste was strong but it was still bland. I think next time I will double the pears and add a splash of balsamic to the pears before putting them in the mix. Read More