Savory Bread Pudding with Bacon and Greens

Kids don’t like green vegetables? Bet they like bacon, bread, and creamy goodness -- and when you combine all of them in one luxurious baked dish, no one is going to offer a peep of complaint. Even top-dollar bacon goes a long way in this savory bread pudding.

Casey Barber

Savory Bread Pudding with Bacon and Greens

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    1 bunch kale 3 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 head savoy cabbage 3 large eggs
    4 slices bacon 1/2 pint cream
    2 shallots 2 cups whole milk
    1 loaf rustic Italian bread


    Prep: 20 min Total:
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 400.

    • 2

      Thoroughly wash the kale and the cabbage. De-stem the kale by folding each leaf over like a book and running the knife up the side of the stem to remove.

    • 3

      Slice both the kale and the cabbage horizontally into thin ribbons. Slice the bacon horizontally into 1/2-inch thick strips and scrape into a large saute pan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, as the bacon renders its fat.

    • 4

      When the bacon begins to crisp, remove it from the pan, and add the shallots. Cook the shallots in the bacon fat until softened, about 2 minutes, then add the cabbage ribbons and continue to stir occasionally until they soften.

    • 5

      Stir in the kale (you may have to add it in two batches to make room as it wilts), and cover to cook the kale until tender.

    • 6

      While the bacon and vegetables cook, cut the bread into 1-inch cubes, toss with the olive oil, and spread them evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes to lightly toast the cubes, then transfer to a large mixing bowl.

    • 7

      Once the kale is tender, toss the bacon and vegetables with the bread cubes until well mixed, then pour into a 9×13-inch casserole dish.

    • 8

      Whisk the eggs, cream, and milk fully blended and smooth. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour evenly over the bread in the casserole dish, then bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the liquid has set and the bread is golden brown and crispy on top.

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