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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Smoked Pork and Leek Bread Pudding

So, we had this AMAZING smoked pork for our wedding, and were fortunate to have some left over. In fact, we roasted a whole hog, very dramatic! We also had a massive number of leftover yeasty dinner rolls. After eating pork sandwiches for three days, I was looking for a different way to use up some of the leftovers, so here is what I came up with !

Smoked Pork and Leek Bread Pudding

4 cups diced bread
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked pork (or ham)
2 medium leeks, sliced thin and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1/4 cup spicy mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
6 large eggs
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese

Saute leeks in butter and olive oil. Combine together with bread, pork, and red peppers. Put mixture in a greased 9x13 pan.In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, tarragon, salt and pepper. Pour over bread mixture. Press down,cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese, and bake 10 more minutes until golden and cheese is melted. Remove from oven, let rest, and serve.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Long time no blog !

I can't believe it has been almost six months since the last time this blog was updated. Well, in my defense, there was this small thing called a WEDDING that we have been working on. Now happily married to my Italian, we can settle back into our foodie bliss. So, my commitment to making sure this gets updated on at least a semi-weekly basis is renewed. I will updated soon on the latest...a savory bread pudding made with leftovers from the wedding reception !