Croque Monsieur Bread Pudding | This bread pudding adds just the right amount of savoriness to your breakfast buffet or brunch! Croque Monsieur is a very popular grilled ham and cheese sandwich in France. I took my favorite sandwich and created a delicious creamy bread pudding! I mean…..what’s better than a grilled cheese for breakfast? With chunks of ham, nutty cheese, fresh thyme all encased in a French bread and egg base….what could be better? It’s a plate of cheesy goodness!
Most bread pudding recipes are sweet, now you have a choice of adding a savory bread pudding to the mix. This year for Easter Brunch I decided to change things up from the usual muffins and serve three kinds of bread pudding! Croque Monsieur, Cinnamon Roll and Traditional! What a combo!
To make your day easy….make this bread pudding the night before! Set the bread pudding out on the counter to warm up a bit before baking. This can be done while you wait for the oven to come up to temperature.
- 1 (1 pound) loaf French Bread, cut into chunks
- 2 cups Gouda cheese, shredded
- 1 cup jack cheese, grated
- 1 pound baked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 8 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
For the Bread Pudding:
Spray a 11x7-inch baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl add the bread, cheese and ham.
In a small microwave safe bowl melt the butter. Set aside to slightly cool while putting together the remaining ingredients. In medium bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, half and half, mustard, salt, pepper and thyme. Slowly whisk in cooled butter.
Pour over bread mixture. Mix all ingredients together making sure the bread is completely soaked. Pour into prepared baking dish and cover with foil.
For Baking Immediately:
Preheat oven to 350°. Place the baking dish (bread pudding) that is covered with foil, on a rimmed baking pan. Bake 30 minutes, covered. Remove the cover and continue baking an additional 40 minutes or until lightly brown and fluffy.
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