Spring Asparagus

This asparagus bread pudding is a great addition to your spring-time recipes while local asparagus is available. Perfect as a side dish (it's great to take to potluck garden parties) or serve with a salad for a lunch. Best served slightly warm and with a butter-based sauce such as Hollandaise or Bernaise if desired. Enjoy!

By / Photography By Carole Topalian | April 21, 2017

Instructions

In a large skillet, over medium heat, add oil and saute onion and asparagus pieces until the onion is soft and the asparagus is a bright green color. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whick eggs, milk salt and pepper until smooth. Add cheese and fresh herbs. Add bread cubes and the reserved asparagus/onion mixture. Stir to combine and to coat all the bread cubes with liquid.

Lightly oil or butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour the bread mixture into the dish, pressing down to make it fit if necessary. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes to settle after placing in the dish.

Bake the pudding at 350 degress until the pudding puffs up, the egg custard is set and the top is golden brown, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Cool about 15 minutes before cutting and serving as a side dish or with a side salad for a spring lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bread (french, italian, ciabatta or other chewy bread), cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, ends trimmed, peeled if needed and cut into 1" lengths
  • 1 small onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 or more tablespoons olive oil or oil blend
  • 6 large eggs from the farmers' market
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 to 3 cups Swiss, Gruyere or fresh goat cheese, grated or crumbled
  • 1/4 cup curley or flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
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