Easy Cheese and Herb Bread Pudding

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By Nancy Buchanan

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13/11/2011

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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
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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Marla November 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

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

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

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

xoxo
Heather

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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!!

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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!

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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.

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Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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

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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.

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Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

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

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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!

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Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Same here Sylvie!

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Tickled Red November 15, 2011 at 8:51 am

Beautiful bread pudding for the holidays luv!

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Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Thanks Red!!

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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!

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Nancy November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Me too Susan – it is total comfort food!

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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!

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foodwanderings November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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

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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…

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Nancy November 17, 2011 at 8:53 am

I totally agree with Georgia!!!

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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:)

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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!!

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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!!!

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Nancy November 17, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thanks Diane – it definitely qualifies as comfort food!!

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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!

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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!!!

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

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

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Nancy November 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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

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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.

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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!!

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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 :)

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Nancy November 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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

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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!

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Nancy November 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

Hi Cindi!

I really hope you like it!!

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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!

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Nancy November 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

Hi Kel,

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

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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

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Nancy November 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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

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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.

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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!!

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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’

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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!

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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!

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Nancy November 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I couldn’t have said it better!!!

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