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Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach, Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

December 19, 2010

Breakfast and brunch recipes are some of my favorites, and I love celebrating the holidays with my family with a great brunch menu. I’ve had so many emails and questions for Christmas brunch recipes, so I thought I would suggest one of my favorites. This Savory Bread Pudding with Bacon, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes makes a hearty breakfast or brunch main course, but it’s also great to serve for a weeknight or Sunday night dinner. This recipe is so easy and can be made ahead the night before. Then, all you have to do on Christmas morning is bake it in the oven. Enjoy this recipe anytime of the year since it’s also perfect for showers or any morning celebrations.

Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach, Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
1 (13-ounce) loaf Challah or Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 (5-ounce) package spinach leaves
1 jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained well
1/2 pound turkey or apple-smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
3 eggs
3 egg whites
3 cups skim milk
1 Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Arrange bread cubes in the dish and top with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and bacon. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, egg, milk and pepper. Gently pour milk mixture over bread mixture, pressing gently to soak the bread. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until lightly browned.

To make ahead of time. Pour milk mixture as in step 2. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Set at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.


10 Responses to “Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach, Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes”
December, 23 2010at 10:48 am
[...] on Christmas morning, with no luck.  I did, however, find this lightened-up and delicious sounding Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe from a sight that is rapidly becoming one of my favorites,  Alison [...]
Elisse says:
December, 19 2010at 09:24 pm
I don't usually think of bread pudding as being savoury - being a breakfast food lover, I will have to consider this recipe! Thanks Alison for commenting on my post on Sandy's blog! I appreciate it!
Barbara says:
December, 19 2010at 10:42 am
Finally an awsome looking breakfast recipe for Christmas!
Libby says:
December, 19 2010at 10:43 am
I love that you lightened this recipe. It sounds and looks divine and like the perfect breakfast casserole recipe
Rachel says:
December, 19 2010at 11:42 am
Seriously... we've all got to thinking the same things! I made a similar dish this morning. I love that you added spinach to yours.
December, 19 2010at 12:51 pm
Yum!!! This sounds so warm and hearty! Perfect for this very chilly and rainy SoCal weekend!
Tracy says:
December, 21 2010at 10:23 am
This looks wonderful for Christmas breakfast, or any breakfast for that matter. Yum!
December, 21 2010at 01:47 pm
This looks absolutely awesome! I wish I had a big slice NOW to eat for lunch!
Teri Van Hecke says:
December, 22 2010at 01:09 pm
This sounds delish - but was wondering, can I use frozen spinach, drained very well?
December, 22 2010at 01:26 pm
Teri, that should be fine! Just make sure you do drain it well

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