Savory Apple and Sausage Bread Pudding
Indulge guests at your next brunch with this savory, hearty bread pudding made with Italian sausage, Rome apples, dried cranberries and Gruyere cheese.
Ready In: 90 Minutes
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 75 Minutes
Grease a 9- x 13-inch baking dish and reserve. Preheat oven to 300°F. Arrange bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast until partially dried out, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and reserve. Raise oven to 375°F.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook sausage, seasoning with salt and pepper and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink and cooked through, 6-7 minutes. Remove from skillet and reserve. Add remaining oil to skillet. Add onions and cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook one additional minute. Add apples, celery and thyme and cook until apples and celery are crisp-tender, about 5-6 minutes. Return sausage to skillet and add Girard’s® Champagne Dressing, cranberries, salt and pepper. Stir through, cook for 1 minute, remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
Place bread cubes in a very large bowl. Add apple-sausage mixture and toss to incorporate. Arrange in prepared baking dish. Combine cream, milk and eggs and whisk to make a custard. Stir Gruyere into custard. Pour custard along sides of baking dish, tipping to distribute custard evenly among bread-sausage mixture. Bake until crust is golden brown, about an hour.
Remove from oven, cool slightly and serve. Drizzle with additional Girard’s® Champagne Dressing.