Mushroom, Leek and Chicken Sausage Savory Bread Pudding

by simplylife on February 7, 2013

Oh. wow.


Those are the words that come to mind when I think about this dish.


Sure, I could honestly say: “the-crunchy-bread-pairs-perfectly-with-the-tender-mushrooms-and-the-chicken-sausage-blends-right-in-while-giving-it-an-extra-heartiness-while-the-leeks-subtly-bring-it-all-together.”


But what I really want to say is, Oh. wow.


I’m going to be completely honest with you. I’m not too sure what the difference between Bread Pudding and Stuffing is, except that Bread Pudding sounds more acceptable to eat year-round.  But I found the inspiration for this dish in Food Network Magazine and they called it Bread Pudding, so I’m sticking with it.  You can definitely omit the chicken sausage and use vegetable broth to make this vegetarian, but we decided to throw it in and call this our meal.


Oh and Food Network Magazine says this serves 8 to 10.  Um, yeah.  About that.  I’m going to stick with the fact that we called this “dinner” rather than a side dish, but if we’re being honest here, my husband and I each started with a giant piece, then went back for seconds.

Then the night progressed and we nibbled a little here and there.

And then there was just that awkward piece left that just looked so lonely and wasn’t big enough for leftovers but we sure weren’t going to waste it.

So then we just had to clear the pan.


So I’m going to leave the serving size up to you, and just remind you that once you take a bite of this, you may fall short of words to describe how delicious it is.


Mushroom, Leek and Chicken Sausage Bread Pudding

by Simply Life

Adapted from Food Network

Keywords: bake entree side chicken sausage leeks mushrooms Thanksgiving winter fall


  • 4 cups (about 5 slices) multi-grain bread, cubed
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 chicken sausage, sliced
  • 2 leeks, cleaned and chopped
  • 4 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Thyme, to taste
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread bread cubes in single layer on baking sheet. Bake for about 5-8 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken sausage and cook 8-10 minutes, until browned. Add leeks and cook 5-10 minutes, until tender. Mix in mushrooms, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.

3. In large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, chicken broth and 1 cup of Gruyere cheese. Stir in bread cubes and leek and mushroom mixture. Spray 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray, then pour mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Cover and bake 25-25 minutes, then cook uncovered remaining 10 minutes, until browned. Serve and enjoy!

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~Any ideas what the difference between stuffing and bread pudding is?

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  • Colleen

    Oh wow sounds about right to me too! This look fabulous!!! Great photos too, as always 🙂

  • The Candid RD

    Sounds heavenly!! I dunno though, I always think of bread pudding as a dessert. Perhaps you are right and the magazine didn’t want to call it stuffing because it signifies Fall or Thanksgiving…..either way, this recipe is a keeper!

  • decocinasytacones

    I´m a leeks freak….so THIS IS MY KIND OF LUNCH

  • itzyskitchen

    A savory bread pudding??? NEED!

  • Brittany

    95% of the meals I make with my boyfriend are completely polished off. Especially the ones that say they are for 5+ people..oops. I think oh wow is the perfect descriptive phrase!

    • Simply Life

      haha, we’re the same way 🙂

  • a farmer in the dell

    this is comfort food at it’s best! I want to stuff my face into this right now!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Your savory bread pudding sounds terrific. With a salad and a glass of wine, I would be in heaven.

    • Simply Life

      Oooh that does sound like an excellent combo!

  • Kari

    Any dish described as ‘oh wow’ has to be good 🙂 I do know what you mean, too – some dishes just defy description!

  • meri

    I’ve never had savory bread pudding- I’ll have to try this but a vegetarian version!

  • yummychunklet

    Savory bread puddings are so delicious! This looks like a keeper.

  • Jolene (

    I’ve never had bread pudding before, but it looks and sounds fab!! I love Gruyere cheese! Is this a side dish, or a main course?

    • Simply Life

      It could be either one! I think normally, people would eat it as a side dish, but we through some meat in there and felt like it was definitely hearty enough for the main course!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    i never think to make savory bread pudding. This looks great!! And maybe the difference between bread pudding and stuffing is that the latter is drier? I don’t know how savory ones turn out, but sweet bread pudding that I’ve had always seemed a bit moister and richer than stuffing.

    • Simply Life

      That’s a really good point!

  • Megan

    Hmmm I think of stuffing as drier and more crumbly. Bread pudding is usually too mushy for me, but I love all the ingredients in here!

  • Jessie

    A savory bread pudding? Oh, wow 😉 The combination of ingredients in this dish sound incredible! I’d definitely go for the chicken sausage, and I’m sure ours would disappear over the course of the night, too. I don’t know what the difference between the two is – perhaps a pudding has more of a batter?

  • The Squishy Monster

    I’d say oh wow would be right. This looks amazeballs!

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