Mediterranean Breakfast Bread Pudding

Get ready for some beauty sleep!  Everyone needs the perfect overnight egg dish that lets you sleep in on a morning when you are entertaining and makes it look as if you have been up for hours slaving away in the kitchen. This one-dirty-dish, overnight bread pudding, is that dream recipe. The filling can be cooked ahead as much as 3 days and the bread pudding assembled the night before.  The ingredients can be tweaked to what you have on hand if the proportions are maintained. Come morning, the whole thing goes into the oven and  45 minutes later, while you enjoy a cup of coffee with your morning paper, you have a cheesy aromatic meal that will wake up every last sleepy head.

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MEDITERRANEAN BREAKFAST BREAD PUDDING

Ingredients:

1 large onion, diced

16 oz Italian sausage, casings removed

1 red pepper, chopped

1/2 c sun dried tomatoes, not packed in oil, slivered

2 c baby kale or spinach

6 cups of white bread, torn into inch size pieces

2 1/2 c milk

8 large eggs

2 T Dijon mustard

1/2 t each sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1 1/2 c shredded cheese(gruyère or Italian blend)

1 c feta, crumbled

1 T rosemary leaves, finely chopped

3 T basil leaves, torn

Prehat oven to 350F.  Butter an 9 X 13 inch baking dish.

Method:  In a pan, brown the sausage meat, add the onion and peppers and sauté until the onion is soft.  Add the spinach or kale and sauté until wilted.  Remove from the heat.  Add the herbs and sun dried tomatoes.  Reserve.  This can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Whisk together the milk, eggs, Dijon, salt and pepper.  Place bread into prepared baking dish.  Add the vegetable and meat mixture and combine thoroughly with  the bread.  Add the grated cheese and mix through.  Top with feta.  Pour milk and egg mixture over the whole dish, making sure all the  bread is moistened.  Cover and chill for at least an hour or overnight.  Bring to room temperature for about a half hour before baking on the center rack for 45 minutes.

The browned sausage, vegetabkes, herbs and bread combined inthe baking dish.

The browned sausage, vegetables, herbs and bread combined in the baking dish.

Cheeses added.

Cheeses added.

Milk and eggs added. Note hiow the bread is uniformely moistened.

Milk and eggs added. Note how the bread is uniformely moistened.

Aromatic, cheesy and loaded with sausage and veggies, what's not to love?

Aromatic, cheesy and loaded with sausage and veggies, what’s not to love?

Bring on the rave reviews.  You are the only one who will know how effortless this dish really was.plus with that extra sleep, you’ll be looking good too!

I’m taking this recipe this week to Fiesta Friday #39 where our host Angie at The Novice Gardener is putting her spatula away in honor of her birthday and Suzanne @A Pug in the Kitchen and Sue @ Birgerbird are hosting the party!  Happy Birthday Angie!

31 thoughts on “Mediterranean Breakfast Bread Pudding

  1. Geez Louise, that looks good! It reminds me a little of the Diane Keaton movie “The Family Stone”. I’m pinning this for our Christmas brunch celebration this year! The less work I have to do the morning of, the better! And what’s really great about it is that I pretty much have at least 9/10 of all ingredients here at home at any given time, so it’s not like I’d have to run out in a panic trying to find the ingredients!!!

    • I’m happy you like it Alycia!!! Geez Louise is one of my favorite expressions and it is totally what this dish is about! I would be honored to see it on your Christmas table. Don’t be shy to tweak it with what you do have on hand. Thanks for visiting with me today. Was grounded with a massive migraine today and I can now just toterate light am reading your comment to make my day!

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    • Me too! Thank you for visiting and starting to follow me Ginger! I have a son who is fluent in German and is studying German and International business in university. My husband is technically German but of ” Pennsylvania Dutch” heritage…(really “Deutsch”) but he is totally Americanized and does not speak a word!

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      • What an amazing family you have! We have the game Dutch Blizt, I don’t know if your husband knows it, it’s a Pennsylvania Dutch card game and we absolutely love it. I only found out about it through a Dutch (from the Netherlands ;-)) friend who had lived in Canada …
        Glad to know your son made up for his father’s sins!

    • Thank you Prudy! We used to have a cabin in The Poconos of PA and it was my favorite place in the world. Hélas we sold it a few years ago but it makes me happy thinking maybe this bread pudding will be travelling with your family to yours:) thanks for visiting!

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    • I’m delighted you will give this recipe a try Selma! I made your lamb last week and it was indeed sublime! My first discovery of Harissa and am now putting it in everything! Making up for missing it the first 55 yrs of my life:)!!! I will blog about it soon, while I am away in Florida next week and need some archival material to post. Thank you again for that delicious recipe.

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      • Oh, so pleased to hear that Johanne!! Harissa is great, isn’t it? It’s also fab on fresh mackerel – google Jamie Oliver mackerel and harissa to get the recipe – seriously great and if you are in Florida (lucky you) then you can barbecue it too!!

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