Fat Tuesday is around the corner and we are feeling indulgent. This savory bread pudding is truly amazing and can be served alongside a salad as a full meal!
SAVORY BREAD PUDDING (LEEKS + ITALIAN SAUSAGE + MUSHROOMS)
1 French baguette, cubed into 1-inch pieces (approx. 6 cups)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 pounds Italian sausage
2 large leeks, green parts only, sliced and chopped (approx. 6 cups)
2 cups chopped Cremini mushrooms
1 cup shredded Jarlsberg cheese
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2.5 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup white wine
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Toast bread cubes for 15 minutes. Whisk eggs, cream, and cheese together. Once toasted, soak bread cubes for 20-30 minutes.
Melt butter over medium heat in large sauté pan and brown sausage, about 10 minutes; add salt and pepper. Add leeks and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes. Add wine and cook until evaporated, about 5 minutes.
Add meat mixture to bread mixture in a 9x13 baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes.
Happy Mardi Gras!