I was Googling savory bread recipes and came across this interesting one. It's not PW's recipe but rather was a contender for a contest PW ran in 2008.
What I really like about this recipe, you could add almost anything and you could substitute ingredients too.
Savory Bread & Butter Pudding
6 slices stale bread, quartered
4 pieces bacon, roughly chopped (or ham or other meat, or no meat if you’re a vegetarian)
2 tomatoes, halved and thickly sliced
Small bunch of silver beet/chard/spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup grated or crumbled cheese — cheddar, feta, blue, whatever floats your boat
1 cup milk
1 cup yogurt, plain
Salt & Pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
It's a casserole. You bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Details here:
Savory Bread & Butter Pudding | The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond
What I really like is that you could change the ingredients a bit and use this basis for almost any kind of savory bread and meat pudding:
1.) Mexican: -bacon +sauteed ground beef, -spinach +cilantro, -mustard +taco seasoning. Use cheddar or use Mexican fresh cheese. Important: add a can of diced green (Hatch) chili peppers!
2.) Thai: -bacon +shrimp, -spinach + gailan +cilantro, -mustard +thai peppers +curry paste. Consider adding some of the Thai mini-eggplants, sliced (a type of aubergine). (Maybe add a bit of fish sauce?)
3.) French: -bacon +roasted chicken, use Gruyere cheese, substitute some cream for some of the milk, +fresh tarragon +fresh parsley +sauteed mushrooms +sauteed garlic.
4.) English: -bacon +browned beef cubes (reserve the grease, mix it with a bit of beef stock to deglaze, and add in at final assembly), probably Cheddar cheese, maybe add some blanched or par-boiled potatoes.
5.) Italian: -bacon +pepperoni, use Mozarella cheese, add the traditional Italian spice mixture (basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, marjoram) and nix the mustard, add a prepared pizza/pasta sauce such as Prego or your favorite bottled brand.
6.) Hawaiian: -bacon or maybe leave it but add ham, add pineapple pieces and bell peppers and red onions (sliced or diced).
7.) Barbecue: -bacon +barbecued chicken, -mustard +barbecue sauce, +sauteed onions and sauteed zucchini slices, maybe add some canned smoked beans.
Well I'm just coming up with ideas. I haven't cooked the recipe but I'll be interested in variations slanted towards various nationalities and cuisines. I'll call this a "thought" or "idea" topic.
What would the Indian version be? Would you use tandoori bread? How about a Chinese version? (I would use Hosing sauce or maybe Oyster sauce.) Mediterranean version? (Feta cheese, maybe fish.) Russian version? (Caviar, vodka, cabbage?)
I'm trying to start a both serious but humorous topic here. I hope we can have both amusing but also cooking insightful replies to this topic.
I think PW's recipe is a branching out spot where we could take it almost anywhere. I don't know if PW's finalist made the winning post.