Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding

September 16, 2013 | 17 Comments
Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding

The other day, a dear friend knocked on our door bearing some beautiful veggies from his garden. He’s an avid gardener and grows pretty much anything you can think of! Lucky for us, he’s extremely generous! My “garden envy” does kick in though every time he sends something over. My “garden” consists of a scattering of pots on the deck. I won’t go into why I don’t have a garden…let’s just say I’m hoping my husband reads this. And hoping he might feel inspired to go do some digging out back. And maybe even put a fence around it. That would be nice. End of story.

I’ve been dreaming of this recipe all summer. Especially with all of the zucchini in season. I hoped it would be as good as I imagined…and it is. The bits of veggies surrounded by cheesy cubes of toasty bread and herbs. How can that be bad? This makes such a great side dish! Add any veggies you may have on hand or whatever is in season. It comes together fairly quickly and pretty easily. You can make this ahead of time too!

So, if you have a garden of your own…sigh…go on and harvest the last bits of the season! You finally have a recipe that will use up all of those veggies!

Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding

Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding

1 baguette, day old, cut into 1 – 2 inch cubes
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion large dice
2 stalks celery diced
1 red pepper
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms
1 eggplant
1 medium zucchini
1 large tomato
2 large cloves garlic, sliced thinly
4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and stems discarded
3 1/2 cups non fat milk
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups Gruyere cheese, grated
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

In a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat, add 2 T. of the olive oil then the onions, celery, red pepper. Sauté for about two or three minutes then add the mushrooms, eggplant and zucchini. Continue cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato, garlic and thyme and cook for just another minute. Season with just a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside to cool a bit.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the cubes of bread on a large baking sheet. Drizzle 1 T. (or a bit more if needed) of the olive oil over the cubes. Toss to coat. Toast them up a bit in the oven for about 20 minutes, tossing them every so often. When golden, remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit on the sheet.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs then whisk in the milk, salt pepper and nutmeg.

In your largest casserole dish, butter the bottom and sides a bit and spread the cubes of bread throughout. Add the veggie mixture and pour the egg mixture over the top. Now, sprinkle the Gruyere in and give it all a little toss to get the cubes coated and to spread the love.

At this point, you can cover the dish up with wrap and put it in the fridge for later. Just remember to take the casserole out at least 20 minutes before baking.

If you are ready to bake, place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes.

Remove from the oven, sprinkle on some fresh parsley (and some fresh thyme if you’ve got some left over) and serve!

Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding


  • This dish would make a great holiday side dish! Consider adding cranberries and nuts or whatever seasonal ingredients you can think of!
  • If you don’t care about keeping this vegetarian, this would be delicious with pancetta!


Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding


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17 thoughts on “Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding

  1. Anne

    It’s taking quite a while for the inside to set up and I am wondering if I have my expectations in the wrong place. I am imagining the texture to be kind of like stuffing, so it is soft, but no actual liquid. Is a bread pudding supposed to be really really soft — almost liquidy — or more like a traditional US thanksgiving stuffing soft?

    1. Caroline Hurley Post author

      I’ve never tested this with non dairy milk, Hallie, but I’m sure regular almond milk or any unflavored non-dairy milk would work wonderfully. If you have a chance to try it, I’d love to hear how you like it!

  2. Patricia Donnellan

    Each attempt I have made to grow vegetables has been in vain. I am sure vegetable karma will get me! This recipe looks great! I have quite a lot of carrots and broccoli on hand. Would they be good in this dish?

    1. Caroline

      Well, glad to know I’m in good company, Patricia! ;) I’m so glad you’re going to give this a try and I love that you are using the veggies you have on hand. That’s what I do too! I think the carrots and broccoli would both be delicious! Just be sure to cut them up small enough to cook through. Let me know how you like it!

  3. dixie

    Have made for Thanksgiving using a red, yellow, green, & orange pepper,
    plus zucchini & yellow squash and a red onion. It’s pretty beautiful. Wish
    I’d read your recipe first and I’d have added the eggplant. Fresh cremini
    mushrooms added a lot of flavor. Combo of nutmeg & gruyere reminds
    me of cheese fondue. Delicious.

    1. Caroline

      I bet that looks beautiful, Dixie! I love that you used cremini mushrooms! I’ll have to add those next time I make this! I know exactly what you mean about that fondue flavor…and I LOVE that too! Have a wonderful, healthy and happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your sweet message! :)

  4. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    Unbelievable! This is absolutely stunning (gorgeous photos, as usual!!!) and sounds amazing – like, make-a-special-trip-to-the-store-so-I-can-eat-this-immediately amazing! I used to have a garden, and my little ones and I would start seeds in the house, watch the magical process of sprouting, planting, growing … and then sadly not much else (because we really don’t get enough sun on our garden plot). I’m with you now – pots of herbs and a few tomatoes on the deck. And the bounty of my local farmers’ markets … yeah – I’ll have no problem rounding up the ingredients to make this ASAP. Fantastic post, Caroline – really, really fantastic!

    1. Caroline

      Awww, Shelley, thank you so much! I’m so flattered! Yeah, I’ve basically got the black-thumb-of-death when it comes to growing plants. But, (unfortunately for any poor plant that comes into my care) I still insist that I could grow a wonderful garden. My husband does not share that point of view. ;)

  5. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    I think this is probably the prettiest bread pudding I’ve ever seen, and I love how it’s completely full of garden goodies. You’re right, I think it would be a lovely addition to a holiday feast as well! Say goodbye to boring stuffing! :)

    1. Caroline

      Faith, you are the sweetest! I can’t tell you how flattered I am! I have to say…I am crazy for stuffing…but the cheesiness of this makes me really happy!


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