Friday, October 2, 2009

Nature's Pride

I'm back with another Tastemaker opportunity from Foodbuzz! This time I received two loaves of Nature's Pride bread, Whole Wheat and 12 Grain. These were choc-full of goodness (5g protein and 3-4g fiber per slice) and devoid of artificial ingredients and high fructose corn syrup. While I liked both loaves (usually toasty), I think my preference was the Whole Wheat.



I also received an email tonight regarding Nature's Pride sponsorship of the upcoming 1st Annual Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco. In exchange for a winning recipe, Nature's Pride will sponsor six foodies as "Bread Ambassadors"!!!! So here's my recipe... i'm hoping it will be my golden ticket ;)

Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding


Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Recipe by Shannon
Serves 2



This recipe can easily be scaled up or baked in different sized dishes, just be sure to adjust the cooking time! If your bread is fresh, dry it out in the oven before proceeding. I used a fresh chorizo chicken sausage with chiptoles from a local meet shop, but I've also tried it with a mild sausage and a chipotle and adobo thrown in. Pre-cooked sausage (like trader joe's spicy jalapeno chicken sausage) can also be used, just dice and you can save yourself a step!

2 1/2c stale bread, cut into 1/2" cubes
1/2c pumpkin
1/2c sour cream (I used lite)
1/4c + 2T milk (I used Smart Balance Lactose Free Fat-Free)
1 egg
salt and fresh ground pepper
1/4c fresh grated cave-aged gruyere
1/4-1/3lb chipotle chicken sausage
1T chopped fresh sage
a few (5-6) whole sage leaves, for garnish, if desired
butter or oil for frying sage leaves

Preheat oven to 350deg. Whisk together pumpkin, sour cream, milk and egg. Stir in bread, salt and pepper. Let sit while browning the sausage. The pumpkin-bread mixture can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you're ready to bake the bread pudding.

Heat skillet to med, then add sausage and break up as you're browning the meat. During the last minute of cooking, add sage and stir. Drain cooked sausage on paper towel. Add sausage, chopped sage and gruyere to bread and pumpkin mixture. Pour into a 4"sq baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 25min.

While the bread pudding is baking, prepare the crispy sage leaves. Melt butter (or oil) in a small skillet. When melted and bubbly, add sage leaves and cook a few minutes or so on each side, until crispy. Remove leaves and drain on a paper towel until plating.

After 25min in the oven, turn on your broiler and crisp up the top of the bread pudding (~5min or so). Let sit for a few minutes so you don't burn your mouth, then serve with crsipy sage leaves!


As there is some cheese in here (although gruyere instead of cheddar), I should submit this for the Cabot Giveaway over at Biggest Diabetic Loser! Mmm, cheese :)

23 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

SCRUMPTIOUS bread pudding!

biz319 said...

Consider it entered! :D

Great job!

Lauren said...

What a creative way to use the bread! Savory pumpkin bread pudding sounds like an ideal warm & comforting autumn meal. Fantastic entry!

Erica said...

That looks awesome! I hope you win. Pumpkin=perfect for fall!

Adam said...

Oh man, sausage, sage, AND pumpkin! Three KO right there Shannon :) With a recipe like that you're def on your way towards grabbing that ticket :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Love the looks of the bread pudding! Wish I wasnt GF. I have 2 loaves that my 2 yr old is slowly eating thru before they spoil. Wish you could take em and make bread pudding :)

Kerstin said...

I LOVE the idea of a savory pumpkin bread pudding - yum and good luck!!

Elra said...

This Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding sounds utterly delicious Shannon.

burpandslurp said...

I entered the scholarship with my grilled sammie, too, but I give up all hopes of winning. Yours DEFINITELY takes the cake! esp with pumpkin! Holy yummyness!!! All the best luck to you! I'm going anyway, so I hope to see you there! :D

Joanne said...

So I think I've said many times before that I LOVE bread pudding. I also love pumpkin. But more than that, I love this savory creation of yours! Good luck chica...if I were the judges, this would definitely be my top choice.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

This sounds amazing!! I would pick you to win!! Good luck!

Elina said...

Looks great! I wish I was this creative. Hope you win!!! :)

glidingcalm said...

wow gurl! that bread pudding is amazingggggggg! you are so creative!!

kitchenbelle said...

This sounds heavenly. I love the idea of savory bread pudding!

stephchows said...

great idea! I'm still brainstorming what my submission will be :) I must say I was thinking of using pumpkin too LOL! Must be in the air!

Maria said...

I love that savory bread pudding!

Nicole said...

Oh good heavens, Shannon! You are a genius! I like the addition of the sausage and the sour cream. Holy Yum!

Rosiecat said...

I love sage. Can I come over to your house for dinner? ;-)

Emily said...

Good luck with your entry! I just received the same bread, and now I know what I can do with it. I'm so in love with pumpkin right now. I just bookmarked your recipe! :-)

5 Star Foodie said...

A savory pumpkin bread pudding sounds like a winner! Excellent idea!

Juliana said...

Yummie, this pumpkin bread pudding looks delicious...

brandi said...

congrats, girl!!!! I can't wait to meet you :)

Ravenous Couple said...

congrats! we'll see you there!

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