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Author Notes: I loooooove pesto, but of course for the basil week I had to step out of the box a little. I've been wanting to make a savory bread pudding for a long time and... —whatsjohneating
Makes 1 bread pudding
- 1 sourdough loaf, stale
- 3 cups milk
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 5 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- zest and juice of one key lime
- 1/4 cup thai basil, cut in chiffonade
- 1/2 pound asparagus
- some white mushrooms
- 1/2 cup gruyère
- Cut loaf into 1 inch cubes and let sit overnight so the bread can dry out. Or you can cut it up just before and stick them in the oven on 250º F for about 20 minutes until they dry out a little but. Works just as well!
- Whisk together milk, eggs, chicken broth, salt, pepper, olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Then add the nutmeg, and the lime zest and juice. Throw in the bread cubes, toss, and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
- In the meantime, break the hard ends off of the asparagus, cut them into one inch pieces and throw them in. Then wash, stem and chop the mushrooms (however you wish) and throw them in too. Be careful not to toss too much since the bread tends to disintegrate.
- Pour into your baking dish (I used a springform cheesecake pan that I lined with parchment paper so it wouldn't leak) and then sprinkle the gruyère on top, liberally coating the pudding.
- Bake at 400º F for about 40 minutes.