Savory Onion Bread Pudding
This is a versatile recipe. You can prepare it well ahead and bake it when you are ready. You can easily add vegetables and/or meat. Try spinach sauteed with the onion, and cooked crumbled bacon, for a nice brunch dish. Some recipes call this a strata. No matter the name, it's delicious. Serves 6 - 8.
2 large onions, chopped
1/4 c butter
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp dry dill and basil
8 c bread cubes
2 c grated cheese, cheddar or other sharp, firm farmstead cheese, your choice
3 c milk
1 tbsp prepared spicy mustard
Butter a 3 quart baking dish. Saute onions in butter with salt and pepper until sweet and golden brown. Season with herbs, nutmeg and adjust salt. Whisk together milk, eggs, mustard and 1/2 tsp salt.
Spread 1/2 bread in the baking dish. Top with 1/2 the onions and 1/2 the cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Pour in the egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, up to 24.
Before baking, let sit at room temp for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Bake uncovered 45 minutes, until golden and puffed. A knife inserted will come out clean.