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Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for Dinner

What do you do with a stale loaf of bread and a fridge full of wilting vegetables? I made a savory bread pudding–some might call it a strata. I call it breakfast for dinner.

It is very easy and I’ve made it a few times with different ingredients. It clears out the fridge quite well. At a very basic level, all you need is stale bread, some sauteed veggies, cooked meat if you please, enough eggs + milk to cover your bread mixture and some cheese to top it off.

  1. Cube enough bread to fill half your chosen baking pan and set aside. If the bread isn’t stale, you may want to toast it in the oven for a bit for extra texture. Or just cut it up the night before and leave it out. Half a loaf was plenty for my 8×8.
  2. Brown your sausage or cook up your bacon. Drain & set aside.
  3. Sautee onions or shallots (1/2 to 1/4 of an onion depending on what you like), chopped garlic and whatever veggies you have. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  4. Add cubed bread and meat back to the pan and toss with veggies. Transfer to baking pan and let it cool.
  5. In a bowl, beat eggs & milk together. For an 8×8 pan, I needed 9 eggs and used a 1/2 cup of milk. For a 9×13 pan, I used to closer to 15 eggs. If you want yours eggier, add more eggs! I only had a 1/2 cup of milk for the 9×13 but would have liked to use more. The more milk or cream you use, the creamier your bread pudding will be.
  6. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture. I like to let it sit for at least an hour or two so the bread soaks up the egg mixture.
  7. Top with shredded cheese (you can also mix some in if you like)
  8. Bake uncovered in the oven at 350F until golden brown on top. My 8×8 took about 50 minutes.
  9. Serve hot topped with sour cream and hot sauce!

Breakfast for Dinner

The strata above had sourdough bread, swiss chard, bacon, mushroom stems, and a mix of pepper jack and cheddar cheeses. The strata below had whole wheat bread, spinach, kale, mushrooms, merguez lamb sausage (left over from pizza night), and a smattering of cheeses I found in the fridge.

Breakfast for Dinner

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