Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to start thinking about the next round of holiday guests that will be
invading visiting your home.
Every Christmas we have this amazingly flavorful, savory bread pudding style casserole. It is perfect because it feeds a crowd, is easy to put together and literally everyone will like it- cheesy, fluffy like a souffle and just down right delicious.
We unwrap presents on Christmas morning while this bakes in the background. Generally Santa brings us some chocolates in our stockings that we nosh on during the festivities, so we are just about crashing from a sugar high when this baby is ready to come outta the oven.
Bread pudding is notoriously forgiving, so you can really add whatever you like to the dish as long as you use the same base of eggs, milk and bread. I’ve toyed with the idea of using old bay or Cajun seasoning instead of the dry mustard– but I’m such a traditionalist I just can’t bring myself to do it!
I really recommend trying the recipe as outlined below before tinkering… you probably won’t even want to once you’ve had a bite. 😉
- 8 slices of bread, crust removed and cubed
- 1 1/2 lbs Bob Evans sausage links, cooked, drained and cut in thirds
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 large eggs
- 3/4 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 cup milk (just before baking)
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Put in bread cubes, cheese and sausage pieces- mix with your hands. In a separate bowl, beat the 2 1/2 cups milk, eggs, cream of mushroom soup and dry mustard. Pour over the bread and press it down gently with a spatula. Cover and let stand in the refrigerator for several hours of overnight.
Preheat oven to 300°. Before baking, remove from the fridge and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup milk over the bread. Bake for 1 hour and 3o minutes (up to 2 hours), remove when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean and casserole puffs up and is fluffy.*
*Note: I have cooked this for 1 hour 15 minutes in a 325° oven and was successful, but it didn’t retain it’s fluffiness quite the same.