Browning bananas = banana bread. Old rice = fried rice. Slightly stale bread = French toast……or bread pudding……or stratas.

As the self-anointed queen of leftovers (no, no….please, don’t bow, it’s nothing quite so formal), I make it my mission to redeploy anything I can into a new meal.

This breakfast bread pudding (or strata) was the happy collection of leftover sausage (from a pasta dish), leftover challah, and shredded cheese, which I always have in the fridge.

Savory Challah Bread Pudding

How to Make Savory Challah Bread Pudding

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13, or 2 1/2 to 3-quart baking pan, or spray it lightly with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, salt (go easy on the salt as the sausage and cheese are salty), pepper, mustard and honey.

Place the bread, cheddar, and sausage in the baking pan, toss to combine.

Savory Challah Bread Pudding

Then pour the liquid over, and toss the everything so the bread is soaked with the milk mixture.

Savory Challah Bread Pudding

Spread out in the pan.

Savory Challah Bread Pudding

Bake for about 40  minutes until puffed and golden brown. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

And the result is that happiest of words: brunch. (I read somewhere that a brunch without booze is just a sad, late breakfast. That’s pretty extreme, but also pretty funny, and you are more than welcome to add a nice mocktail or cocktail to the equation).

A savory bread pudding, or strata, is great way to make a hearty breakfast for a big group.

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Breakfast Challah, Smoked Cheddar and Sausage Bread Pudding

A savory bread pudding, or strata, is great way to make a hearty breakfast for a big group.
Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk preferably whole
  • 8 large eggs
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 6 cups cubed challah
  • 1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 ½ cups crumbled cooked sausage, turkey or pork

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13, or 2 1/2 to 3-quart baking pan, , or spray it lightly with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, salt (go easy on the salt as the sausage and cheese are salty), pepper, mustard and honey.
  • Place the bread, cheddar, and sausage in the baking pan, toss to combine, then pour the liquid over, and toss the everything so the bread is soaked with the milk mixture.
  • Bake for about 40  minutes until puffed and golden brown. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 673IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 2mg

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