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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Recipe: Savory Pear, Gorgonzola, and Bacon Bread Pudding

This bread pudding isnt a typical dessert bread pudding. Instead its a savory dish that makes a great side or a flavorful main dish. Use it anytime an adult macaroni and cheese would fit the meal, and you wont be disappointed. As a side note, this tastes even better as rewarmed leftovers than it does fresh out of the oven, so make enough to take for lunch tomorrow

Savory Pear, Gorgonzola, And Bacon Bread Pudding Ingredients

  • cup butter

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon

  • 2 pears - peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

  • 5 eggs

  • 5 egg yolks

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 20 ounces cubed French bread

  • 1 pound crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

How to Make Savory Pear, Gorgonzola, And Bacon Bread Pudding

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

  2. Place bacon in another large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels, reserving grease in the skillet.

  3. Cook pear slices in reserved bacon grease over medium-low heat until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain pear slices on paper towels.

  4. Beat eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl until smooth. Add heavy cream, black pepper, salt, and Italian seasoning; mix until well-blended.

  5. Place half the bread cubes in a 9x13-inch glass baking pan. Sprinkle half the Gorgonzola cheese on top. Pour onion mixture over cheese. Spread half the bacon and pears on top. Repeat layering remaining bread, Gorgonzola cheese, and pears, ending with bacon. Pour egg mixture slowly and evenly over layers. Press down with a spatula or a gloved hand to prevent bread from overflowing.

  6. Place baking pan in the refrigerator until bread soaks up egg mixture, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  8. Bake bread pudding in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, covering with aluminum foil if needed, 40 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let dish set before serving, about 15 minutes.

Savory Pear, Gorgonzola, And Bacon Bread Pudding Nutritions

  • Calories: 659.1 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 36.3 g

  • Cholesterol: 308.7 mg

  • Fat: 46.8 g

  • Fiber: 2.8 g

  • Protein: 23.8 g

  • SaturatedFat: 26.2 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 1637.8 mg

  • Sugar: 5 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Savory Pear, Gorgonzola, And Bacon Bread Pudding Reviews

  • Next time (and yes, there WILL be a next time), Ill use less Italian seasoning, less salt, and a lot more pear. I couldnt taste the pears at all. I have a feeling with these changes itll be 5 stars. UPDATE: I made this again, this time quadrupling the pears and cutting the salt and Italian Seasoning in half. The pear taste was strong, but it was still bland. I think next time, I will double the pears and add a splash of balsamic to the pears before putting them in the mix.

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