Breakfast and brunch recipes are some of my favorites, and I love celebrating the holidays with my family with a great brunch menu. I’ve had so many emails and questions for Christmas brunch recipes, so I thought I would suggest one of my favorites. This Savory Bread Pudding with Bacon, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes makes a hearty breakfast or brunch main course, but it’s also great to serve for a weeknight or Sunday night dinner. This recipe is so easy and can be made ahead the night before. Then, all you have to do on Christmas morning is bake it in the oven. Enjoy this recipe anytime of the year since it’s also perfect for showers or any morning celebrations.
Savory Bread Pudding with Spinach, Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
1 (13-ounce) loaf Challah or Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 (5-ounce) package spinach leaves
1 jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained well
1/2 pound turkey or apple-smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
3 egg whites
3 cups skim milk
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Arrange bread cubes in the dish and top with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and bacon. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, egg, milk and pepper. Gently pour milk mixture over bread mixture, pressing gently to soak the bread. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until lightly browned.
To make ahead of time. Pour milk mixture as in step 2. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Set at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.