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Ham & Swiss Bread Pudding Recipe

This rich and hearty brunch dish is loaded with ham, mushrooms and cheese, plus layers of sliced French bread. It’s a terrific choice when you have overnight guests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 18 slices day-old French bread (3/4 inch thick), divided
  • 1/2 cup stone-ground mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups (8 ounces ) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Warm maple syrup, optional

Directions

  • 1. Pour 1/4 cup butter into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside. Spread both sides of bread with mustard. Arrange nine slices in baking dish.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute the ham, mushrooms and garlic in remaining butter until mushrooms are tender. Add the onions; cook 1 minute longer or until onions are crisp-tender. Spoon over bread; sprinkle with cheese. Arrange remaining bread on top. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, cream, salt and pepper. Stir in parsley; pour over bread.
  • 3. Place dish in a larger baking pan. Fill larger pan with hot water to a depth of 1 in. Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Drizzle with maple syrup if desired. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without syrup) equals 858 calories, 69 g fat (41 g saturated fat), 415 mg cholesterol, 1,152 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 31 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sparkling Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.