This truly tasted like pepperoni pizza, and I will definitely be making it again! Now, I did not give the flavor of the bread enough credit and I think overall, it was a bit on the salty side. So, next time I use less salt and garlic salt, but it still tasted great. The only suggestion I got was to serve it with some marinara sauce on top. Worth a try!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Pepperoni Bread Pudding
Pizza Bread Pudding
How, you ask? Easy, take the flavors of pizza you love, incorporate them into a basic bread pudding recipe, and Voila!
Wondering how I came up with this? Well, it was a joint venture, really! After making soup and a double batch of focaccia bread last weekend, I was left with an overstock of focaccia. It was a bit on the dry side and didn't go over as well as it usually does, so I called one of my go-to people, Aunt Liisa, and asked her if she had any ideas for what to do with leftover focaccia bread. Of course she had ideas (I was stuck on crutons). "Oooh, a savory bread pudding" she said. Right...that stuff is gross. It's gushy and slimy and way too milky. "No, no...it bakes up and dries out a bit."
Hmmmmm......my wheels were turnin'!
SO, I googled savory bread pudding, put together the basics, and added in what I thought would be a hit with the kids. I think I pleased all but one. Not a bad outcome, if you ask me!
Here's what you need:
4 cups of bread, cubed (mine was focaccia flavored with thyme, oregano, and garlic)
1 to 1 1/3 cups milk
1 to 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided in half
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 small onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. pepperoni, chopped into small pieces
salt, pepper, garlic salt
grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
sliced black olives
1 tbls each-dried basil and oregano
Place the bread cubes in a bowl, leaving room for the liquidSaute the onions
Chop the pepperoni
Combine milk, eggs, 1/2-3/4 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup parmesan, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. You end up with about 2 cups of the liquid mixture...I added a little more milk.
Pour liquid mixture into the bowl containing the bread and stir gently to coat. Add in the pepperoni and onions. Let this soak for about 10 minutes.