What’s Cookin? Sunday Brunch: Savory Bread Pudding

There is breakfast, and of course; breakfast for dinner. But on Sunday’s, there is breakfast for lunch, or what the ‘cool kids’ call “brunch”.

Wikipedia: A meal is not usually considered brunch if it is started before 10:30 am; such meals would still be considered breakfast. Typically brunch is had between 10:30 am and 2 pm, close to lunch time but still before. Brunch is usually eaten in the late morning.

Oh, and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Softened butter for greasing the dish
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 6 cups 1/2- to 1-inch bread cubes (about 10 ounces bread; I used half of an olive boule)
  • 1 small head cauliflower (about 1 pound) chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Olive oil
  • 6 strips good bacon, preferably thick-cut
  • 1 large shallot, sliced (or a small onion)
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped
  • A cup of cheese (here, 1/4 cup soft goat cheese and a large handful of grated sharp cheddar)

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Rub a 9×13 baking dish with a generous amount of butter (perhaps a tablespoon). Whisk together the milk, eggs, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Put the bread cubes in the baking dish and pour the egg mixture over them.
  • Toss the cauliflower with a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and some pepper. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, or until it is soft and beginning to caramelize.
  • Cook the bacon, either in a skillet or in the oven (10-15 minutes at 400 degrees, depending on the thickness of the bacon). When it is crispy, drain it on paper towels and then crumble.
  • If you cooked the bacon in a skillet, discard all but about a tablespoon of its fat. If you cooked it in the oven, pour about a tablespoon of its fat into a 12-inch skillet, and reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Heat the fat over a medium flame and then add the shallots. Saute until they have softened but not yet turned brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about a minute more before stirring in the roasted cauliflower. Stir just long enough to coat the cauliflower with bacon fat and onions.
  • Scatter the bacon and cheeses over the custardy bread crumbs and then stir them in. Stir in the cauliflower mixture. When everything is evenly mixed, cover the dish with aluminum foil and put it in the oven. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake 10 minutes more uncovered.

Source: SeriousEats

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