Savory Asparagus Bread Pudding
Heidi's head notes: Best to use stale bread, leave it out a day or two. Be careful with those serrated knives, I've cut myself w/ the serrated knife on stale bread more times than I can count.
One 1-pound loaf sourdough or other crusty bread
3 cups milk
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1 pound asparagus
3 to 4 ounces oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan or casserole with nonstick cooking spray (hs note: I greased the pan w/ butter).
Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into 3/4-inch slices, then stack 4 or 5 slices of bread. Cut them into 3/4-inch cubes. Repeat with the remaining bread and put all of the cubes in a large bowl.
In medium bowl, whish together the milk, broth, eggs, salt, pepper, and dill until combined. Pour the mixture over the bread.
Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus and cut the spears into 1-inch pieces. Add them to the bread along with the mushrooms and shallots. Fold everything together well to combine the ingredients. Spoon them into the prepared pan and pat down the top to compact the ingredients. Sprinkle the cheese evenly ever the top.
Bake the pudding for 45 minutes, or until the top is browned and crisp and there is no liquid in the center. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into portions.
Ann's Stress Saver Tip: Look for frozen asparagus tips and bags of unseasoned bread cubes to save some prep time.
Ann's Eye Appeal Tip: Instead of mushrooms, ad 1 cup sliced pitted black olives for color contrast and a flavor complement to the asparagus (hs note: I went this route).
From here http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001571.html
It says it serves 6 to 8 people!
I did half the recipe and it served us 6 times. So deffo halve the recipe if you're not feeding the 5000 and only have "normal" sized baking dishes! Otherwise it's lovely!
Oh and I did find that there wasn't enough liquid when I halved the recipe, but it could've been the bread I used, I ended up using 3 eggs and a little bit more than half the milk.
This is devine served with cheddar cheese, or melted cheese, and is also very good on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th days!