Caramelized Onion Bread Pudding

  • Yield: 12 servings


2tablespoons unsalted butter
2cups thinly sliced leeks, white and yellow parts only (leeks, ramps and/or spring onions)
4ounces thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
3/4teaspoon coarse salt, divided
3/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1teaspoon brown sugar
1/2teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 (1-pound) loaf ciabbata bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 12 cups)
1bunch green onions, finely chopped
4 eggs
6cups whole milk
1 1/2cups grated Gruyère cheese


  1. Heat butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add leeks, mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, brown sugar and nutmeg. Cook, stirring occasionally, until leeks are soft and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  2. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes or until dry and lightly browned.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a shallow 4-quart baking dish.
  4. Combine leek mixture, bread cubes and remaining ingredients. Mix well and let stand 20 minutes. Press mixture into prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. (You may cover and refrigerate the bread pudding up to 4 hours before baking.)
  5. Bake about 1 hour, or until pudding is set and golden brown on top.  Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 287
  • Fat 14g
  • Cholesterol 108mg
  • Sodium 443mg
  • Carbohydrate 28g
  • Fiber 1.5g
  • Protein 15g