Slow Cooker Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

That's right a savory bread pudding that can be made in your slow cooker! Talk about unexpected. Come springtime, if you're lucky enough to find morel mushrooms, use those in the mix for an extra-special side dish,

Slow Cooker Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Bread Pudding
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
5 hrs
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • Disposable slow cooker liner

  • 5 cup 1-inch Italian flatbread (focaccia) cubes

  • 1 ½ cup assorted chopped fresh wild mushrooms, such as chanterelle, morel*, and/or stemmed shiitake

  • 4 ounce smoked andouille sausage or other smoked sausage, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten, or 1 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed

  • 2 cup half-and-half or milk

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Line a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. In a bowl combine the first five ingredients (through blue cheese). Transfer focaccia mixture to the prepared cooker. In a bowl combine eggs, half-and-half, thyme, rosemary, and pepper. Pour over mixture in cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 5 1/2 hours. Turn off cooker. Let stand, covered, for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.

*To clean morels

Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each stem and, if desired, cut the mushrooms in half from stem to tip. Rinse in cool water to remove any dirt and insects. If the mushrooms look clean, this may be enough; if not, a 10 to 15 minute soak in lightly salted water brings out any remaining insects and dirt. If soaking, change the water as needed until dirt and debris are removed. Rinse the morels well, pat dry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
13g Fat
17g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 171.6mg 13%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 211mg 4%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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