A classic French dish with a twist, this Croque Monsieur Savory Bread Pudding is the perfect way to use up leftover bread. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this savory bread pudding is easy to make and can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serve it with a side of salad for a complete meal.
What is a Croque Monsieur?
A Croque Monsieur is a popular French sandwich made of ham and cheese. This dish is usually served warm and the cheese is melted.
The Croque Monsieur Savory Bread Pudding is a variant of the original sandwich. This is a popular casserole style bread pudding. This bread pudding has all the right flavors for an ideal breakfast buffet or brunch.
It is a nice flavorful plate of cheesy goodness. It is made with brioche or baguette, baked with Gruyere cheese sauce, and served with a side of greens.
How To Make Croque Monsieur Savory Bread Pudding
• 1 (1 pound) loaf of French bread, cut into chunks
• 2 cups of Gouda cheese, shredded
• 1 cup jack cheese grated
• 1 pound baked ham cut into ½ inch pieces
• ½ cup unsalted butter melted
• 1 cup milk
• 8 large eggs
• 1 ½ cups half and half
• 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
Prep time:30 minutes
Cook time:1 hour 10 minutes
For Bread Pudding
1.Spray an 11×7- inch baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray
2.Take a large bowl and add the bread, ham and cheese
3.Take a small microwave safe bowl and melt butter. Leave it aside to cool, until you arrange other ingredients. In a medium bowl and add in eggs, half and half, milk, mustard, pepper, thyme and salt. Slowly whisk this in butter
4.Pour the bread mix. Mix all the ingredients carefully making sure the bread is soaked nicely. Pour into a prepared baking dish and cover it with foil
For Baking on the same day
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degree F
2.Place the baking dish with the bread pudding on the rimmed baking pan. Bake it for 30 minutes covered. Remove the cover and allow it to bake for more than 40 minutes or until it is lightly brown and fluffy
For baking the next day
1.Set the baking dish to warm-up a bit while the oven reaches the set temperature
2.Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Place the baking dish with the bread pudding covered with foil on the rimmed baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes covered. Remove the cover and continue baking for an additional 40 minutes or until it is lightly brown and fluffy