Asparagus Bread Pudding

What you Need :

  • 1 lb of bread (French baguettes, ciabatta or other chewy bread), cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1” lengths
  • 1 small onion or 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter, plus extra to grease dish
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2-3 cups grated or crumbled cheese (such as Swiss, Gruyere, fresh goat)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 

How to Make It :

In a large skillet, over medium heat, add oil (or butter). Sauté onion and asparagus until the onion is soft and the asparagus is bright green. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Add cheese and herbs. Stir in bread cubes and asparagus mixture. Lightly oil or butter a 9” x 13” baking dish. Pour bread mixture into dish, pressing to make it fit if you need to, and let stand for 10 minutes. Bake at 350° until pudding puffs up, egg is set and top is golden brown. 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool about 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Melissa Peterson