Saturday, June 30, 2012

Savory Bread Pudding with Aged Gouda & Cheddar Cheese, Plus a Sun-Dried Tomato Giveaway



This past weekend I was lucky enough to have my brother come to Los Angeles for a brief visit after graduating from University of Oregon with his Bachelor's degree. Words cannot express how proud I am of him, especially since, these past few years, he has been balancing school with a part-time job and his blossoming music career. It was an accomplishment indeed.

And an accomplishment that did not go unrewarded, as is evidenced by this pile of warm, cheesy, bread. I wanted to make something simple since he was only in town for a week and I didn't want to spend the whole day in the kitchen instead of spending time with him. I had some beautiful sun-dried tomatoes from the Mooney family farm since I wanted to do a giveaway with them and they sent me some products to sample as a part of it. So I decided to use the bright red slices in a quick and savory Bread Pudding. Using ingredients I had around the apartment, I grated the cheese until I went into a zen-like trance and then tossed everything into a pot and baked it in the oven. Easy peasy. And, it was quite tasty too. But how could soft cheesy bread with sausage bits and herbs not be?



And we're lucky enough to have another giveaway this month, (it seems June has been the month of giveaways!) The kind Mooney family at Mooney Farms in Chico, California are giving away a huge set of savory fare made with their rich sun-dried tomatoes. The giveaway includes:

  • 3.5 Ounce Bag of Sun-Dried Tomatoes (used these in the bread pudding, yum!)
  • 3.5 Ounce Bag of Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Basil (used these to make the Greek mac & cheese again. Loved the added basil!)
  • 8.5 Ounce Jar of Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (SO good on rosemary-flavored Triscuits, just ask my sad empty cracker box.)
  • 8.5 Ounce Jar of Julienne-Cut Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil
  • 8.5 Ounce Jar of Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta (ate 1/3 of the jar in one sitting with leftover bread from this recipe. When I can apply the word "healthy" to a snack all self-control goes out the window.)
  • 8.5 Ounce Jar of Sun-Dried Tomato Halves in Olive Oil

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below about your favorite tomato-based dish and "like" Mooney Farms on Facebook. For additional entries you can:


If you already do any of those things, just leave a comment on this post saying you do. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm PST July 7th, and the winner will be announced July 8th. Only open to United States residents.

Disclaimer: The Mooney family at Mooney Farms sent me these products to sample as a part of the giveaway. The opinions expressed in this piece are entirely and completely my own.


Ingredients:

4 Eggs, whisked
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Pork Sausages, meat removed from the casing
5 Cups Bread Cubes, cut from a good, dense loaf of bread (not the kind with a bunch of holes in it)
2 and 2/4 Cups Milk
1 Cup Grated Aged Gouda
1 Cup Grated White Cheddar Cheese 
3.4 Ounces Sun-Dried Tomatoes, julienne-cut
1 Teaspoon Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Salt


Cook the pork sausage in a small frying pan over medium heat, stirring every minute, until just cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, rosemary, salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of the fresh parsley. Add the bread, garlic, sausage, cheddar, and 3/4 cup of the gouda. Mix until the bread pieces are soft and wet. You may want to let them sit in the bowl for 5 minutes to help with the absorption if they're not soaked through right away.


Pour/scoop the mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch rectangular or 10-inch circular casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining black pepper, fresh parsley, and gouda. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the tips of the exposed bread cubes turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.






59 comments:

  1. Tomato hot sausage risotto is my favorite. Now I want some...

    I love sun-dried tomatoes in hummus.

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  2. What a fun and delicious giveaway. My favorite tomato based dish is Sun-dried tomato, pesto and cheese loaf bread.

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    1. Love cheesy bread with pesto & sun-dried tomatoes too. It makes such a flavorful & simple snack :)

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  7. Sun-dried tomato, pesto, and italian sausage pasta...mmm!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  8. My favorite tomato dish? So hard to choose, but I think I'd have to go with Tomato-Corn Pie, featuring fresh basil and cheddar. So good, especially at this time of year.

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    1. Oh my. That sounds...wonderful. Going on my must-try list asap.

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  12. A gorgeous bread pudding with aged gouda! And as always, photos are beautiful.

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  14. Sundried tomatoes are tasty in a topping for bruschetta.

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  16. My favorite tomato based dish is a spicy Tunisian curry called Ojja. Tomatoes, poached eggs, and (often) shrimp. So tasty!

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  17. My mom's tomato, onion and parsley salad with her signature vinaigrette...ice cold , perfect for this sweltery weather. :)

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  18. I think my stomach just growled. And it's only 7:30 a.m. This dish is RIGHT up my alley. My favorite tomato-based dish? I like a nice stuffed pepper with sauce :)

    Sues

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    1. Thanks Sues! Stuffed peppers are one of my favorites too, my Mom used to make them a lot in the summer, so tasty!

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  19. I love cherry tomatoes halved, tossed in olive oil, breadcrumbs and cheese, and then baked in the oven. Served on top of pasta. But that's wintertime. In the summer I really just love farmers market tomatoes warm from the sun, tossed in salt and pepper and mounded with basil leaves.

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  21. and I followed you on Pinterest! (@dervlakelly)

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  22. I don't think there is any better use of fresh tomatoes than in a caprese salad with great mozzarella and fresh basil!

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  23. When it comes to my favorite sun dried tomato dish, I confess I usually just eat them right out of the jar or bag. But I love a tomato-y pizza or flatbread with bufala mozzarella and balsamic syrup.

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    1. Oh my gosh, that flatbread sounds absolutely amazing...LOVE balsamic syrup on almost anything.

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  24. Tomatoes stuffed with rice and roasted were some of the most wonderful things I ate while in Italy a few years ago. I will never say no to a BLT, however.

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  26. Recipe Looks Fabulous!!

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  27. This bread pudding looks beautiful! Your pictures are wonderful too!

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  29. This recipe looks so goood! My favorite tomato based dish is probably just spaghetti with tomato sauce. It is so simple and versatile!

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  30. Pizza with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella slices and basil leaves.

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  31. My favorite tomato based dish is pasta, hands down!

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  32. Following you on pinterest (and pinning this recipe!)

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  33. I made a tomato fritters recipe years ago that I love! Hmmmm, need to hunt up that recipe!

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  34. Fried green tomatoes...

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  35. My favorite tomato based dish is Cioppino.
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  36. Would love to get some of these sun-dried tomatoes to try in this recipe and other favorites.

    Kristin

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  38. I am now following you on Pinterest

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  39. Hi Eva

    What brand of aged gouda cheese did you use in this recipe.

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  40. My favorite tomato-based dish is lasagna!

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  44. I'd love to try this with some smoked Gouda I have on hand...do you think it would be too overpowering? Yours looks delicious!

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    1. Hi Katie! I think it would be delicious with the smoked gouda, it would add a wonderful smoky element to it :) Let me know how it turns out for you!

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  45. This looks delicious, I will try it out. Thanks for the recipe.

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