Kathryn (kathrynt) wrote,
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Savory Bread Pudding

I just put 7 individually-sized savory bread puddings into the oven to cook. I should do these more often. The basic formula is to take stale bread, herbs, cheese, and something else, cube the bread, toss the cubed bread with the other things, mix milk & eggs, pour over, and bake. The ones I have in the oven right now have ham, gruyere, and scallions in them. I've done these with basil, zucchini, and parmesan as well, and the combinations are almost endless -- anything you would put in an omelette or a quiche can go in one of these. If you have access to Real Eggs (by which I mean farm-raised scratch-fed eggs, which are a fundamentally different food than grocery store eggs), these are a good use for them. I do, although I have to get to the farm pretty early to find them still there, and they are $2.50 for six.

Even with Super Pricey Eggs, though, this is not an expensive way to eat. For my current seven-lunch batch, the total cost is:

Eggs: $2.50 (I actually used grocery store eggs for these, but let's price it out by highest-quality)
Ham: $2.50 (two thickish slices)
Gruyere: $6
Milk: Three and a half cups of milk, organic milk is about $3 for a half-gallon, let's say $1.50
Bread: A dollar. This used one half loaf of Fancy Bread which had accidentally gone stale before even being opened; it was $2.19. If we'd planned ahead for this express purpose, we could have gotten day-old bread for half price.
Scallion: fifty cents.

So, fourteen dollars for ingredients. Divide by seven, that's $2 per serving for a delicious, organic, portable, microwaveable lunch. Y'all, you can't go to damn McDonald's for that. And it would be fairly trivial to cut the ingredients cost in half if you forewent the Sooper Hippie Gourmet angle; this would be nearly as good with swiss or cheddar instead of gruyere, and I used grocery store eggs as it is. For those of you with produce boxes, this can often be a good use for some of the leafy veggies that can be otherwise mystifying.

Bake for about 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Microwave for 45 seconds to reheat.
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