Cook a Holiday Feast: Mushroom Bread Pudding

Finding a local source for mushrooms goes a long way toward lowering your holiday meal’s carbon footprint.
November/December 2008
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Rich, earthy Mushroom Bread Pudding is easy to make ahead of time but tastes gourmet.


Photo By Joe Lavine

Mushroom Bread Pudding
Serves 4

Finding a local source for mushrooms goes a long way toward lowering your holiday meal’s carbon footprint.

1/4 pound focaccia, cut into very small cubes
1 egg yolk
1 cup heavy cream
8 tablespoons butter
1/4 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 tablespoon chopped shallot
1/2 pound cremini and/or button mushrooms, sliced thinly
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 ounces pesto (optional)

1. Lightly toast focaccia and set aside to cool.

2. Mix egg yolk and cream together; set aside.

3. Heat butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and lightly toast garlic and shallots. Add mushrooms and cook until golden brown on edges; set aside to cool.

4. Combine cooled, cooked ingredients plus egg and cream, bread and herbs and let sit for 10 minutes so bread absorbs liquid. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

5. Liberally grease four 6-ounce ramekins. Pour one level scoop of mushroom mixture into each ramekin, making sure each pudding has some liquid.

6. Cook for 12 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Let cool slightly before removing puddings from pan.

7. Before serving, reheat and top with a dollop of pesto, if using.

Read the original article, "Cook a Holiday Feast: 3 Recipes to Eat Local This Holiday Season."