Monday, November 22, 2010

Savory Sausage Bread Pudding

It dawned on Eric yesterday that November is here and that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Yup, it took him until the 20th to figure that out. A month of 70 - 80 degree days here in the Bay Area can do that to you but this past weekend November came back with a vengeance. Cold, blustery and full of rain it was the perfect kind of weather to build a nice big fire (in the fireplace of course!) and cook up some warm filling food. From the looks of things, this is going to be a trend for the next few months as winter rolls in. So we spent the day doing projects and getting ready to fire up something that could keep us warm even when Eric refuses to turn on the heat. What better to keep you full and warm than a big savory bread pudding with sausage? Not much. Eric's not always the biggest fan of bread pudding but this one sent him back for thirds. All the flavors just come together in a mouthful that hearty and warming. The texture and flavors together reminded us of our honeymoon in England. English food gets panned here in America but the pubs over there are renown for the English version of down home cooking. Shepard's pie and Sticky Toffee Pudding with that dark English ale somehow brought us across the pond and into Grandma's kitchen while she cooked up something hearty and delicious. For us the flavors and textures of this pudding brought us all the way back to London. When the bowls were empty and Eric was off doing dishes Charisse was tied up keeping the cat warm on the sofa enjoying the dying fire and watching a movie and November settled in for the long haul.





Savory Sausage Bread Pudding
What You Will Need

3/4 lb day old french bread (cut into 1 inch cubes)
5 Tbs butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb pork sausage
2 leeks (halved length wise and sliced)
1 lb mushrooms (thinly sliced)
1 green apple (cored and thinly sliced)
2 cups heavy cream
5 large eggs
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 Tbs parsley
pinch of thyme 
pinch of savory
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350*

Melt the butter and toss the bread cubes to coat. Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast for about 30 minutes or until the bread gets crispy and golden. 

Once bread is done up the oven temp to 375*

In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbs oil and cook sausage, breaking up into pieces. Once cook through, place in a large bowl to cool. Using the same skillet add the rest of the 3 Tbs oil and add the leeks and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and cook until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat, add the apples and transfer mixture into the sausage bowl. Toss in the bread cubes and combine everything together. Pour into oiled baking dish. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, eggs, vinegar, cheese, 1 Tbs salt, 1 tsp pepper, parsley, savory, and thyme. Pour over bread mixture, cover and bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.  

25 comments:

  1. This looks heavenly. This recipe is a keeper. Lovely pics, also.

    Kaukab's daughter

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  2. yum. This will be delicious for brunch (or anytime). Have a great day. Michael

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  3. This has to make it to our holiday table! So glad you came for a visit to my blog, small world that you were as close as Gentry recently! We lived in Sacramento way back in the 1970's and I loved going over to the Bay area. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  4. Wonderful recipe. I'm so used to seeing the sweet bread puddings it's nice to see a delicious savory one. ;)

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  5. Oh, I love this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. Yummie, what a nice and savory dish...very creative :-)

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  7. What a lovely bread pudding. The sausage would make it only better.
    Sam

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  8. It's always warm in Phoenix, which makes the holidays kind of jump up on you. I can't believe Thanksgiving is a few days away either! This bread pudding looks like something my husband would adore...thank you for it! And for the pizza recipe as well...it was delicious :)

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  9. Wow I only make bread pudding as a dessert. This sounds awesome to me! It looks delicious and perfect for a cold snowy weather in Seattle!

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  10. bread pudding is always a winner here--i love the fact that it uses up otherwise inedible bread! sausage is a magical addition--well done, and happy thanksgiving!

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  11. Dinner was going to be that revolting-sounding British classic 'Toad-in-the-hole' but your sausage bread pudding sounds like a delightful alternative and perfect comfort food for the cold snap here.

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  12. so yummy! I can almost smell it, great job!

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  13. Great recipe! My friends loved it so much I made it two nights in a row, both times using a package of hamburger buns.

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  14. Bread pudding is a favorite of mine always but it has been years since I have made one. This one has everything to satisfy. Thanks for visiting me. Happy Thanksgiving♥O

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  15. There is nothing that warms me up better than a good bread pudding. And this one sounds fabulous. Full of my favorite fall flavors!

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  16. Oh YUM! This looks so up my alley. I love it!

    It's great to meet you; I love your blog!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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  17. Oh no! I almost love the food more than the cat - which is unusual for me. But when you put bread pudding and sausage in one recipe - I am so there. Blustery would be nice. It's snowing here. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  18. What a wonderfully comforting recipe!

    That is one pretty kitty!

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  19. Lovely recipe. I've never made bread pudding before and it must be really tasty with the sausage.

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  20. this looks so amaizing... thanks for sharing.

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  21. now that savory bread pudding looks incredible! I would never thought savory, what a wonderful idea, its almost like a stuffing with a custard. That must have made it so rich! I can see why Eric kept coming back for more!
    Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one!
    Dennis

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  22. I don't eat most meat, but I just discovered that I find vegetarian sausage delicious so I can actually make tasty sausage recipes like this!

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  23. this is my kind of bread pudding for sure.

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