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Ham & Swiss Bread Pudding

 Ham & Swiss Bread Pudding
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.
9 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place dish in a larger baking pan. Fill larger pan with hot water to

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Ham & Swiss Bread Pudding (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.