Monte Cristo Bread Pudding

Monte Cristo Bread Pudding
Monte Cristo Bread Pudding
Monte Cristo Bread Pudding

Monte Cristo Bread PuddingThis is one of those delicious, never fail egg casseroles that can be put together the night before, then popped in the oven for a fabulous brunch or breakfast treat.  My friend, Kaye, who shared this recipe Monte Cristo Bread Pudding with me, makes this every Christmas morning.  I baked just a half recipe this time…as it’s the perfect size for our family, but I’ve made a full batch for all sorts of occasions. It’s definitely a keeper.

I made this dish with Safest Choice eggs…the first pasteurized eggs I’ve found in our local market for years.  Each egg is marked with a red “P,” and is free of salmonella. Now I can make my favorite chocolate mousse recipe without worrying about potential food born illness from the raw egg whites. Raw eggs give dishes like mousse and French silk pie an ultra creamy texture that cannot be reproduced with any other ingredients.  Hooray for mass produced pasteurized eggs!

Monte Cristo Bread Pudding…adapted from my friend, Kaye

2 tablespoons butter
6 ounces fresh button mushrooms, sliced
10 slices of white sandwich bread, crusts removed (Pepperidge Farm works well)
5 ounces Black Forest ham, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1 3/4 cup whole milk (do not use low fat or skim)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (depends on saltiness of ham)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Saute mushrooms in butter till golden.  Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Butter an 8 x 8 inch baking dish (use a 9 x 13 to double recipe).  Line the bottom with half the bread slices, trimming to fit.  Top with ham, then sprinkle with one cup of the grated cheese (the remaining 1/2 cup will be added before baking), followed by the mushrooms.  Add enough of the remaining bread to cover the filling with one layer. Whisk the eggs, milk, half the thyme, mustard, salt and pepper till well blended.  Pour over bread.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 350º.  Bake uncovered till puffed and lightly browned, about 1 hour.  Mix remaining cheese and thyme and sprinkle over casserole.  Return to oven for about 3 minutes or till the cheese melts.  Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. Ohhhh Lizzy!!! This dish sounds so good! I love all that cheese…….. 🙂 I had no idea pasteurized eggs existed! That’s so good!!!

  2. Ahh Liz, now this recipe makes me smile. I have make this casserole for a Christmas morning brunch for the last 6 or 7 years. It is a huge family favourite and become a tradition. Also, the last church where I was the pastor every Mother’s Day I would prepare a Mother’s Day Breakfast for the ladies of our church. I would make enough to feed 80-100 ladies. They always loved it!

  3. Great news on the eggs! I’ll check my supermarket for them – I love runny yolk, but am always worried about salmonella! And your bread pudding looks very tasty!

  4. Pegasuslegend says:

    Cheese please oh yes my hubby will love this yummy monte cristo bread pudding… just made an apple one last night but this one sings our names! awesome recipe thanks~

  5. Seams real good this bread pudding.

  6. Yes, I would be loving this . . a great Christmas brunch, perhaps?

  7. Three-Cookies says:

    I don’t think I have ever tried a savoury bread pudding. I thought most eggs were pasteurised, but maybe not.

  8. Asian-spice mix says:

    Great brad pudding recipe,I don’t eat ham,but I can substitute with something,sound really good,Thank for info about egg.

  9. Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says:

    This sounds wonderful – so great to have a delicious do ahead recipe – this is going to be a fav!
    Mary x

  10. Nice to have a savoury pudding for a change Lizzy, great blending of ingredients.

  11. Monte Cristo’s rock! And this recipe looks fabulous!

  12. The Mom Chef says:

    Ok, so I’ve found my Thanksgiving brunch dish. One item checked off the list. I love this!

  13. ooh a savory bread pudding, looks delish!

  14. Sandra Batista says:

    Wwwooowwww…wonderfull, delicious!

  15. Che fame!!!!
    Una ricetta molto interessante,
    da provare presto!! Grazie dell’idea!!
    Un bacio!!

  16. I need to simplify my holiday mornings – this is wonderful – done the day before! Yes! Still looking for pasteurized eggs… there are so many recipes I won’t touch because of the raw egg.

  17. oh, delightful, exactly my kind of winter comfort food without the ham off course, since I’m a vegetarian 🙂
    I sometimes make it with the bread cut into smaller pieces so that the eggs and sour cream get in between it while baking 🙂

  18. Curry and Comfort says:

    What a lovely and elegant savory bread pudding!! I agree with your friend, it’s perfect for Christmas morning! Mmmmm ! Congrats again on Top 9… those brownies are killer!! 🙂

  19. All the ingredients in this recipe….wow….. I love them!!! And I’m going to taste ite before Xmas !!! hugs, Flavia

  20. Thank you Lizzy for this great recipe for special meals! I love having something like this in my back pocket for times when more than a coffee cake is called for.

  21. What a great and savory bread pudding! I’ll have to make this for the family before heading out for Black Friday!

  22. Mari @ Mari's Cakes says:

    First time I see this bread. It looks delicious. Thanks to you and Kaye for sharing 🙂

  23. says:

    looks like a wonderful dish to serve in the cool crisp mornings.

  24. Cassie//Bake Your Day says:

    So I’ve never been a fan of bread pudding but a savory version sounds delicious. The flavors here sound so satisfying!

  25. I love monte cristo sandwiches and now it’s in a casserole. What a yummy dish to have for breakfast! 🙂

  26. BonnieBanters says:

    Breakfast and brunch are my favorite meals, and I love the idea of having a dish you can make the night before and serve to guests in the morning! This looks so delicious! Thanks!

  27. This looks delicious..Perfectly made dear…Should try it some day…Thanks for the recipe dear.

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  28. Oh my goodness…I can’t even imagine how good this would take with the cured ham in our freezer right now. Bookmarked to make the day after a long workout. 😉

  29. Jennifurla says:

    This is not helping my hunger one bit….

  30. Lizzy I love this recipe, look and sounds delicious, I love bread pudding savoy or sweet! gloria

  31. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    best idea EVER! seriously perfect twist from sweet to a savory dish. I love this idea

  32. Grubarazzi says:

    This looks so wonderful! I can’t wait to make this for my hubby who loves monte cristo’s

  33. looks wonderful Lizzy

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  34. This does look delicious and interesting info on the eggs. It is good to have something tasty and elegant for those savory lovers-this looks like a keeper.Yum!

  35. Man this looks delicious! My whole fam would love this!!!

  36. This look samazing. What a perfect lunch item! Delicious!

  37. I love breakfast/brunch casseroles and this recipe looks wonderful (not being a fan of the mushrooms however so I’d add…yes, even with the black forest ham…lots of bacon! 🙂

  38. I’ve made lots of bread puddings, but not a savory one–I’m sure this one would be a hit in my household! As for eggs–I agree–there is no substitution for raw eggs in a chocolate mousse.

  39. I love egg bakes and yours sounds really delish! This would be wonderful for a leisurely Saturday morning brunch.

  40. Wow, Lizzy! This looks just delicious and would perfect for breakfast/brunch during the holidays!

  41. Looks amazing!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  42. Hi Miss Lizzy Do,
    Thanks for your sweet comment, been a long week already and I could of used this for dinner. I had to settle on leftovers. I’ve never heard of those eggs, will have to be on the lookout. Hope you are having a great week. I’m getting excited for the holidays, this would be perfect for a holiday morning.

  43. I’ll keep a look out for those eggs in the future.

    Then maybe I can remake that pasta I screwed up…

  44. Oh I love the look of this – hearty and rich and totally delicious. Yum.

  45. cool dish

  46. Fantastic – as always! I love the flavors of Monte Cristos! How wonderful that you’re able to find pasteurized eggs! We don’t have them available yet….

  47. Seriously please just adopt me and get it over with.

  48. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons says:

    Another winner, Lizzy, looks fabulous. Intrigued by its name, since Monte Cristo is a castle up the road from us, home of Alexandre Dumas who wrote the Count of Monte Cristo. Must make this.

  49. Not sure if I can wait until Christmas morning for this one. This is so great for feeding a large, hungry family. I will be making this. On another note, your Spaghetti and Sunday gravy recipe is fantastic. We still have leftovers and it tastes better each time we have it. I encourage all of your readers to try it they will not be disappointed.

  50. –Thanks!
    I’ll be making this for a Retirement Party.
    AWESOME!! :))

  51. Cardamom Hills says:

    awesome!! never tried a savoury bread pudding….and all that cheese is making me drroooool…..thanks Lizy!!

  52. Love the idea of this savory bread pudding! Gonna share on FB now 🙂

  53. Vicki Bensinger says:

    I haven’t had a Monte Cristo in ages but have always loved the sandwich. This version in pudding form sounds fantastic and just in time for the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

  54. Wow! Monte Cristo sandwich used to be a favorite of mine…and now in a bread pudding?…Yumm! Absolutely bookmarking this to print out to save the recipe!
    Thanks Lizzy, and to your friend Kaye, for sharing!

  55. This sounds great Lizzy!! That’s one of my favorite sandwiches and I am known for my love of bread puddings so this is a must try for me. *Drools and goes to print out the recipe*

  56. This is such a great idea.

  57. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I keep forgetting that bread pudding is something I’ve been longing to make. I have everything but fresh thyme I should cook this very soon. Looks very easy and comforting for cold days like today!

  58. Buttercream Blondie says:

    Lizzy this sounds fantastic! I love savory bread pudding, this is a must make for brunch. Can’t wait to try it at my next get together!!

  59. healthyfoodietravels says:

    How interesting! I’ve never had savory bread pudding, but this sure sounds delicious 🙂

  60. Never fail dish you say? Sounds like a winner to me! 🙂

  61. I love Monte Cristos and bread pudding! I think this would be a hit!

  62. Dear Lizzy, This sounds like something I adore!! This Monte Cristo bread pudding sounds amazing! Blessings, Catherine xo

  63. This looks like it would be a perfect brunch. I really like the idea of making it ahead of time and being able to just put it in the oven. I am going to look for those eggs or similar ones here. Thanks for the tip!

  64. motherrimmy says:

    I’ve made a few different versions of this recipe in the past and you are so right, they are perfect for large gatherings. Even better, you can add almost any ingredient to them and they come out beautifully. I had a friend make a Mexican version that was fantastic.

  65. This looks so yummy! I bet it would be a great brunch recipe for the holidays! Beautiful!

  66. Baker Street says:

    Oh Liz! The pudding sounds divine!

  67. Magic of Spice says:

    This would be so wonderful for brunch…especially around the holidays 🙂

  68. Bread pudding…wow…looks delicious and easy! Thanks for sharing: great idea for my next brunch

  69. Oooh, I do remember this. I used to make some very similar when I much younger. Yum!

  70. What more can I say that hasn’t already been said?!?! DEEEEElicious!

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