Savory bread pudding or "strata" as we call it in my family is one of our favorite easy brunch go to dishes. I love this because you can customize the flavor with whatever you happen to have on hand and it also freezes beautifully for up to 3 months. Try this muffin tin version for easy to serve brunch appetizers this Easter and you will wonder why you never did this before.
Easter Egg Bread Pudding
14-16 oz sourdough cut into 1.5 inch pieces
1 pound Italian sausage
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 cups half & half
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
6 sprigs of thyme
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
Pre heat the oven to 350˚
Butter a 12 slot standard muffin tin. In a large skillet brown the sausage and red pepper, transfer to a plate and hold.
Mix the eggs, dijon, thyme, salt & pepper in a large bowl. Add the half & half and mix in the bread, sausage and peppers with a wooden spoon. Using a large ice cream scoop portion the mixture into the greased muffin tin and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Top with cheese and melt in the oven for 3 minutes, finish with chives.
You can assemble the bread pudding the night before and bake in the morning for an easy no fuss brunch.