Easy Cheese and Herb Bread Pudding

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on November 13, 2011

We are on the official countdown to my favorite holiday of the year – Thanksgiving!!

So, I thought I’d start things off by tackling the tough things first. Stuffing.

I know, it’s a  pretty controversial topic – cooked in or out of the bird? Packaged mix or homemade – Grandma’s standard recipe or something new?

In my family, the answer to that  question was always easy. We did not have stuffing. Since my grandparents were immigrants, Thanksgiving was a new holiday for them and although my Gran happily made  a turkey with gravy,  cranberry sauce and potatoes, she was NOT going to make stuffing.. or a pumpkin pie for that matter..

So, for me, stuffing was never an issue – until I was in college – and had stuffing for the first time.

It was not a memorable occasion. In all honesty, I couldn’t see the appeal -  salty, mushy and grayish brown in color I honestly couldn’t understand why someone would allot valuable stomach room to it. But as the the years passed I had different versions – some made with bread, and some made with rice and all sorts of delicious ingredients.  Now this was something I could definitely devote some tummy space too!

Savory Bread Pudding BC2 Easy Cheese and Herb Bread Pudding

This bread pudding definitely falls into that category. Technically, it’s not really a “stuffing” – there is no chicken stock in sight.  Instead, it’s made with half and half and cheese  (I know, need I say more??) and it goes beautifully with turkey. Yes, it’s a bit rich but as they say “it’s the holidays!!”

Easy Cheese and Herb Bread Pudding

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 8 servings


  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or sherry
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups half and half
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh sage
  • 1 Tbsp. herbs de Provence
  • 1 lb. day old sourdough baguette, cut into 1/2 inch pieces


  1. Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saute pan melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the shallots until they are soft and translucent. Add the wine and simmer for 3 - 5 minutes until wine is reduced to approximately 2 Tbsp. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, half and half, salt and pepper together. Add the herbs and the shallot/wine mixture. Stir to combine. Stir in the cheese. Fold in the bread cubes. Let sit for an hour (or refrigerate overnight in the refrigerator).
  4. Grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish and pour bread mixture in. Bake bread pudding for 35 - 40 minutes until it is puffed and golden. Cool for 10 minutes. Serve
 Easy Cheese and Herb Bread Pudding

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin November 14, 2011 at 3:46 am

I have been dying to try one of these for a while now. I bet I can get my picky eater to try this. Cream! Cheese! Bread!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme November 14, 2011 at 7:02 am

What a gorgeous savory bread pudding! I see so many recipes on a daily basis and many are very good. But few really excite me. This one does. I can hardly wait to recreate this in my own kitchen. Bravo!


Barbara | Creative Culinary November 14, 2011 at 8:23 am

I am so with you on the stuffing history. It always tasted exactly the same and has way too much sage. Which I now love but that’s because I have my own plant and fresh is so amazing compared to dried sage. I try to make a new one each year but I have to admit; and this will come as no surprise to you at all…the one with pumpernickel bread and bourbon; well that one has been a keeper.

I agree with Lana…this is so unique and I’m dying to try it!


Jamie November 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

I really love this beautiful, flavorful alternative to stuffing! I’ve had good stuffing, bland stuffing and fabulous stuffing, but I think this bread pudding outdoes them all. I’ll try this even without the turkey (we don’t do Thanksgiving here). Perfect!


Marla November 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

You are right the count down is here!! Love this savory bread pudding :)


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

Amazing! This is a fabulous recipe Nancy!! Love it.



Kelly @ Evil Shenanigans November 14, 2011 at 10:08 am

I personally love stuffing, my mom’s is legendary in our family, but I am always up for alternatives, and this would also make a wonderful Christmas side to a prime rib or roast duck or goose. I am so saving this for then!!


aida mollenkamp November 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Nancy — We also make bread pudding instead of stuffing because it’s also doubles as a satisfying main for the vegetarians at the table. This one sounds fabulous!


mjskit November 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Well…I have to say that for me, the dressing (or stuffing) is the best part of a Thanksgiving meal. :) I’m sorry your experience with it is salty, mushy and brown. I need to make you a good dressing! With that said – your herb bread pudding looks fabulous! Looks like a great dish for between the two up and coming holidays! Beautiful dish.


Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Thanks MJ!! I definitely think I did not get the proper introduction to stuffing!


Gloria November 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Nancy, this definitely looks like it’s worth reserving some of that precious stomach space for. I love the rustic look of this with the big hunks of bread. It would make a great addition to any Thanksgiving table.


Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hi Gloria!
I have to say it definitely is worth the tummy room!!!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 15, 2011 at 1:20 am

I don’t really understand the appeal of stuffing, give me a good bread pudding like this over it any day!


Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Same here Sylvie!


Tickled Red November 15, 2011 at 8:51 am

Beautiful bread pudding for the holidays luv!


Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Thanks Red!!


the urban baker November 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

did you say cheese, bread, and pudding all in the same sentence? I would eat this all year round and I would covet the whole tray!


Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Me too Susan – it is total comfort food!


Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] November 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I love this version of stuffing. I can imagine how moist and flavorful it is!


foodwanderings November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Srsly loving all these flavors. Shallots, chives all these flavorful cheeses. Just comforting holiday delicious!


Georgia Pellegrini November 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

I forget how great bread pudding is – it can be made savory or sweet with infinite flavor combinations, and is a wonderful way to use up day-old bread. I can’t give up stuffing on my Thanksgiving table, but stuffing AND bread pudding never hurt anyone…


Nancy November 17, 2011 at 8:53 am

I totally agree with Georgia!!!


Lora @cakeduchess November 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Besides the desserts, my favorite food part of the holiday is the stuffing! Your bread pudding is a wonderful and delicious alternative to stuffing:)


Nancy November 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

Hi Lora!!
So many people love stuffing more than the turkey – with all these stuffing recipes, I am going to have to try it!!


Diane {Created by Diane} November 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

this is really calling my name! It’s looks so wonderful. Comfort food at it’s best!!!


Nancy November 17, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thanks Diane – it definitely qualifies as comfort food!!


Katherine Martinelli November 17, 2011 at 1:14 am

This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Perfect for Thanksgiving, but I have a feeling I will be making this all fall and winter :-) I love your blog!


Nancy November 17, 2011 at 8:47 am

Hi Katherine!!

Aww… thank you so much – you totally made my day!! After making this, my son informed me that he is definitely ready for another batch… ah to be a teenager!!!


Jen @ Savory Simple November 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

How perfect for Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing this recipe!


Nancy November 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Hi Jen!! Thank you for stopping by the Table!


Jana @ delectablymine November 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm

This is my kind of “stuffing”. I didn’t grow up with stuffing at Thanksgiving either, so I could definitely try this for something different.


Nancy November 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hi Jana! This goes really well with roasted poultry or pork! I love that I can make it a day ahead and then just pop it into the oven – hope you enjoy it!!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' November 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

Stuffing (or dressing) is the best part of Thanksgiving for me! But I think a savory bread pudding could easily replace it :)


Nancy November 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

It definitely can replace the stuffing – it is definitely one of our new favorites!


Cindi @ Frugal New England Kitchen November 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

My that looks fabulous! I always heard my Grandmom spwak of Bread Pudding but she never made it for us. She was born in 1901. Definitely going to try your version! Pinning!


Nancy November 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

Hi Cindi!

I really hope you like it!!


Kel@The Kel Show November 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I think I would skip the turkey to make tummy room for this!

Thanks for sharing this!


Nancy November 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

Hi Kel,

Thanks for stopping by the Table! So glad you like the soup!


Magic of Spice November 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Much better than any stuffing I have seen…wow, just look at all that wonderful cheese! So delicious!
Wishing you and family a lovely Thanksgiving Nancy


Nancy November 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Thank you!! I hope you and yours have a fabulous Thanksgiving as well!!


Ross November 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Great recipe, but quick question. Can I replace the cheese listed with normal cheddar. I live in Korea and anything but cheddar is so expensive.


Nancy November 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Hi Ross!!

Yes, cheddar would work great – I would probably reduce the amount of cheese by about a cup though since cheddar is a stronger flavored cheese!!


Ross November 25, 2011 at 2:28 am

thank you so much! going to make this tomorrow, I will let you know the consensus.

Also my girlfriend is making traditional stuffing, so it will be a taste off ‘stuffing or bread pudding’


Nancy November 25, 2011 at 11:44 am

Hi Ross!

Can’t wait to hear how the “taste off” goes – I hope you had a wonderful holiday!


Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence November 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Savory bread puddings are pure heaven to me. Bread, cheese and herbs soaked in half & half then baked. Can’t get better than that!


Nancy November 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I couldn’t have said it better!!!


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