foodie fridays: artichoke bread pudding with bacon + gorgonzola

artichoke bread pudding with bacon + gorgonzola www.climbinggriermountain.com

As a food blogger, I have a hard time explaining things.

At least I think I do.

I’m not much of a word spiller. Wait. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I dunno.

Anyways, when I brainstorm recipes, I start down a track. Along the track I pick up a few ideas here and there. Some ideas I throw off of the train and others, I add to the three ring circus. After I have sorted, picked, and made my final decision as to what I will be making, the creation begins.

artichoke bread pudding with bacon + gorgonzola

But it wasn’t until the other day, in between chopping artichokes and whisking eggs, when Mr. B asked, “Whatcha cooking?” I simply replied, “Artichoke Bread Pudding with some crispy bacon and the blue cheese look-alike, Gorgonzola.” There was a longgggg pause. Mr. B responded in a confused tone, “What’s artichoke bread pudding?”

My blood immediately began to boil. See, as a food blogger, sometimes you just expect for people to know what the frick you are talking about because you did just spend 47 minutes in the condiment aisle at Whole Foods debating with yourself on whether you should get the peppered or the Italian flavored jarred artichokes for the artichoke bread pudding. You feel me?

artichoke bread pudding with bacon + gorgonzola

So, instead of saying, “What? You don’t know what an artichoke pudding is? Major lame sauce.” I didn’t. Lord help me, I know I did. I carefully responded, “It’s like an egg casserole, but with artichokes, and is wayyyyyy more epic.”

“Oh,” replied Mr. B. Another longggg pause filled the room. “Why would you put artichokes in an egg casserole?” And that’s how Mr. B was thrown from the train.

Just kidding.

I fed him the artichoke bread pudding and all was right with the world.

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Artichoke Bread Pudding with Bacon + Gorgonzola

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

8 - 1/2 inch slices brioche bread
2 cups jarred artichokes in olive oil, drained, oil reserved
1 1/2 cups mozzarella, shredded
1 cup Gorgonzola, crumbles
6 eggs
4 cups whole milk
6 pieces bacon, cooked, diced
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Lay four slices of bread in the bottom of the baking dish. Brush tops of bread with some of the leftover artichoke oil. Place artichokes on top of bread and sprinkle 3/4 cup of the mozzarella and 1/2 cup of the gorgonzola. Lay the final four slices of the bread on top. Brush the tops with the artichoke oil. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese and chopped bacon.

In a bowl, whisk eggs and milk together. Pour egg mixture over the bread and let the pudding soak for about 15 minutes. Put some foil over the top and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continuing baking for another 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

adapted from bon appetit

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26 Responses to “foodie fridays: artichoke bread pudding with bacon + gorgonzola”

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    kita — April 11, 2014 at 13:07

    fat kid seal of approval!!!

    • Lauren replied: — April 11th, 2014 @ 13:55

      LOL!! Indeed. Thanks, Kita!

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    Tieghan — April 11, 2014 at 13:25

    Gimme!! This looks awesome!!

    • Lauren replied: — April 11th, 2014 @ 13:55

      Thanks, Tieghan!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 11, 2014 at 13:31

    I totally get where you are coming from when husbands just don’t get it. They change their mind once they taste it! Great recipe.

    • Lauren replied: — April 11th, 2014 @ 13:59

      LOL!! Right? Thanks, Meagan! Have a fab weekend!

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    Julia — April 11, 2014 at 14:16

    I’ve never had a savory bread pudding, but am ALL about hunks o bread soaked in cheesy eggy mixture…and artichoke hearts? BACON? Gorgonzola? I’m swooning my face off and can’t wait to make some savory bread pudding!

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    Cassie — April 11, 2014 at 15:23

    I don’t love bread pudding…but with all of these goodies, I am sure to change my mind!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 11, 2014 at 16:50

    Oh I get that barrage of questions from the hubs, too, and I’m like, “WHY DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND MY GENIUS.” ;) I jest. But only kinda.

    I want all the artichoke bread pudding into my belly!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — April 11, 2014 at 17:22

    I totally get where you’re going with this, and I’m into it. Like, way into it! Love this!

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    molly yeh — April 11, 2014 at 17:23

    girl, you funny! and this looks delish! i’ve been dreaming of savory bread puddings…

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — April 11, 2014 at 19:05

    Lauren…. this is your greatest creation EVER. dear god I can’t tell you how much I want to eat this right now, amazing!!! pinny pin pinned :)

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    Colleen — April 11, 2014 at 19:06

    Hoot! Whistle blow… and bye-bye buddy! Next…

    Love the recipe & story!

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    Meredith — April 11, 2014 at 20:34

    This sounds ah-mazing!

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    Liren — April 11, 2014 at 22:09

    Oh, your Mr. B should hang out with my Mr. B. And we can commiserate how we have to explain what an artichoke bread pudding is. Which is genius, by the way. So in love with this!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 12, 2014 at 01:29

    If it makes you feel any better, my husband won’t eat chili or tacos. Ridiculous, right?

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    Joanne — April 13, 2014 at 17:18

    The.Boy has been questioning our artichoke consumption lately also. He and Mr. B can be pushed off a moving vehicle together while we eat this bread pudding. JK! (Kind of.)

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — April 13, 2014 at 22:34

    Oh goodness. Sometimes I don’t have any words because I just want to share the recipe! Blog intro fail.
    Anddd I feel ya on the whole “whatcha makin?’ then you get glazed over eyes….like you can’t read my mind?! this looks to die for and perfect for Easter Brunch. love it.

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    Christine from Cook the Story — April 14, 2014 at 14:48

    This sounds fabulous!

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    fabiola@notjustbaked — April 14, 2014 at 15:58

    This is hilarious! I have a love hate for explaining foods to certain people. People I don’t know, it’s all good. But my husband, I answer just like you do! So funny, and great recipe. Yum!

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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — April 16, 2014 at 12:00

    I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but this is one of the most ridiculous (in a good way) things I’ve ever seen. I’m adding this to my “must try” list. It looks and sounds fabulous. Beautiful pictures too! I’m on the train with no plans of getting off :)

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    Peter — July 10, 2014 at 19:47

    Great recipe, delicious too. I used cheddar and feta ’cause I didn’t have any mozzarella or gorgonzola and it was still delicious. But I think there is too much bread. One layer of bread is plenty. And the recipe is not clear about the bacon. If one uses two layers of bread, does part of the bacon go in the middle and part on top or all on top?

    • Lauren replied: — July 14th, 2014 @ 19:33

      Peter – Feta and cheddar sound like the best combo! I just put the bacon on top. I will update the recipe. I’m glad you liked it.

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