Bread Pudding – It’s Not Just For Dessert

When I think of bread pudding, the first thing that comes to mind is day-old bread soaked in egg and topped with a delicious whiskey sauce – oh so good. It tends to be more sweet than savory, served at the end of a meal.

Today’s recipe is a ham and cheese variety, savory, not sweet, and can be served for any meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a great recipe for using up leftovers – ham, rolls, apple… the flavor is enhanced by your creative combination of ingredients. 

The blend of contents in this recipe was a hit with my taste testers (me included)! It’s an easy dish to make, with little more effort than dumping everything into a casserole dish and baking.  




This makes a good brunch dish any time of year. Here’s the recipe to get you started. 

Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding

serves 6-8

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup half & half (can substitute 1/2 cup milk or cream)*
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 onion rolls cut into cubes or bread cubes equivalent to about 6-7 cups
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced or sliced (your preference)
  • 1 apple (I used Honey Crisp), sliced
  • 1 cup ham, cooked & diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated


  1. PREP: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 1/2 - 3 quart baking dish with Pam or oil.
  2. Whisk eggs and milk together, adding in mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour egg mixture over bread cubes in a large bowl and let it soak in.
  4. Fold onion, apple, ham and cheese into bread mixture and transfer into prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake until set and edges are browned, about 45 to 50 minutes.**


*Add more milk or cream if bread looks too dry before baking. **Check for doneness with a knife in the center of casserole to see if it comes out clean.


Calories: 1467 cal
Carbohydrates: 95 g
Fat: 82 g
Sodium: 3659 g
Cholesterol: 968 g
Protein: 91 g
Fiber: 11 g
If you are not a fan of ham, substitute cooked sausage or other ingredients you favor. It’s a fairly flexible dish that can be customized to your taste preferences. Enjoy!

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