Savory Bread Pudding Dressing

Chilling this savory dressing at least four hours or overnight improves both flavor and texture.

Savory Bread Pudding Dressing in white oval casserole dish
Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Bake Time:
55 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots

  • 1 cup orange liqueur

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound bulk spicy Italian sausage

  • 12 ounce Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (8 cups)

  • 2 cup shredded Gouda cheese (8 ounces)

  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 2 cup whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a small saucepan combine apricots and liqueur. Bring to boiling; immediately remove from heat. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Drain apricots, reserving liqueur.

  2. Grease a 3-qt. baking dish. In a 10-inch skillet melt butter over low heat. Add onion and celery; cook on medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in thyme and salt. Transfer mixture to an extra-large bowl.

  3. In same skillet cook sausage over medium heat until browned; drain. Stir sausage into mixture in bowl. Stir in next three ingredients (through almonds) and apricots; toss well. Spoon mixture into prepared dish.

  4. In a medium bowl whisk together remaining ingredients (through pepper) and 2 Tbsp. of the reserved liqueur. Pour over mixture in dish. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

  5. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until puffed and golden and a thermometer registers 165°F. Let stand 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

648 Calories
40g Fat
41g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 648
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 222mg 74%
Sodium 843mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 2.3mg 12%
Calcium 320mg 25%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 514mg 11%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 68.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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