Savory Bread Puddings with Ham and Cheddar

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Paige Hicks
Bread pudding becomes a main dish inspired by the flavors of a loaded baked potato. Preparing the puddings in individual ramekins gives them a dressier feel and shortens cook time.

Yield:

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 bread pudding)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 22 Minutes
Total: 42 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 272
Fat 11.2 g
Satfat 5 g
Monofat 3.3 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 18.5 g
Carbohydrate 28.4 g
Fiber 8.6 g
Cholesterol 140 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 536 mg
Calcium 400 mg

Ingredients

8 ounces multigrain bread with seeds, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
Cooking spray
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces lower-sodium ham, minced
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 large egg whites
4 teaspoons reduced-fat sour cream

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Place bread cubes on a jelly-roll pan; coat with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once. Remove from oven; cool.

3. Combine bread, 1/2 cup cheese, 3 tablespoons onions, and next 5 ingredients (through egg yolks) in a large bowl. Place egg whites in a small bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy (about 30 seconds). Gently fold egg whites into bread mixture.

4. Spoon about 1 cup bread mixture into each of 4 (7-ounce) ramekins coated with cooking spray. Divide the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and remaining 1 tablespoon onions evenly among ramekins. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Top each serving with 1 teaspoon sour cream.

Wine Match by Scott Jones: These puddings need a fruity red to cut the richness and balance the sharp cheddar and salty ham--Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2009 (Argentine, $10) is ideal.

Note:

Cheryl Alters Jamison & Bill Jamison,

September 2011