Savory Bread Pudding with Sage and Sausage

(Yield: 12 portions)

Ingredients:

4 each eggs

1 cup sour cream

3 ¾ cups whole milk

1 ½ cups/1 cup grated white cheddar* (2 ½ cups all day)

1 ½ cups caramelized julienned onions

(about 5 medium onions)

9 cups 1-inch cubed dry white French bread, crusts on

½ cup scallions, sliced (about 1 bunch)

½ Tbsp. sherry vinegar

¾ pound Neese’s sage sausage, cooked & drained

1 Tbsp. fresh sage, chopped*

salt and pepper, to taste

* 1 ½ c in the pudding, plus more grated white cheddar, for topping

Method of Preparation:

Mix well eggs, sour cream, milk and sherry vinegar. Add the cubed bread and allow to stand for at least 45 minutes. Other ingredients (cheese, onions, scallions, sausage, herbs, salt and pepper) may be added now once they are cooled.

Preheat convection oven to 350˚. Ladle bread pudding mixture into greased muffin tray or individual baking ramekins. You may choose to use paper baking cups for ease of removal. Bake covered with foil in a water bath for 40 minutes. Uncover after 40 minutes and cook until browned on top. Then sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and bake for 5 more minutes.

* For different preparations, other cheeses (ie: parmesan, gruyere) or other cooked pork products (ie: tasso, country ham, other sausage) or herbs may be substituted.