Savory Wild MushroomBread Pudding
1tablespoon olive oil or butter
2cups cleaned and sliced wild mushrooms (about 10 ounces)
1/2cup diced onion
1/3cup diced celery
1tablespoon minced fresh garlic
4cups 1-inch-cubed firm, rustic French- or Italian-style bread
1 1/2tablespoons minced fresh sage
1tablespoon minced fresh thyme or lemon thyme
1 1/2teaspoons salt
1/4teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2cups half-and-half
1 1/2cups milk
Preheatan oven to 325ÁF. Heat the oil in a large sautÚ pan or skillet over medium-highheat. SautÚ the mushrooms and onion for 3 to 4 minutes, or until three-quartersdone. Add the celery and sautÚ for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more. Add thegarlic and sautÚ for 30 seconds more, taking care not to burn the garlic.Remove from the heat.
Combinethe bread cubes, herbs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix in the cookedmushroom mixture and set aside.
Buttera 6-cup glass or ceramic baking dish or spray with vegetable-oil cooking spray.
Whiskthe half-and-half, milk, eggs, and egg yolks in a medium bowl. Pour the eggmixture into the bread mixture and mix gently and thoroughly. Transfer themixture to the baking dish and level out the surface, lightly pressing thebread down into the dish.
Bakefor 50 to 60 minutes, or until the custard is just set in the center. Do notoverbake or the custard will scramble.
ChefÍsNote: It is important to use arustic-style bread for this recipe„not airy bread.
Recipe from Kathy CaseyÍsNorthwest Table, Chronicle Books, San Francisco. Copyright © 2006 by KathyCasey.