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Make-Ahead Awesome: 16 Savory Bread Pudding Recipes

Many of us know that bread pudding is the ultimate in delicious and easy dessert, but the winning combination of stale bread, eggs, and dairy also makes for a knockout savory dish. Endlessly versatile, savory bread pudding, also known as strata, can accommodate all kinds of great add-ins —— think rich cheeses, meats, earthy vegetables, and alliums galore. Savory bread pudding is incredibly forgiving and can be thrown together in minutes. It can even be made ahead of time!

So if all this talk has stoked your creativity, head below for some of our favorite savory bread pudding recipes!

  • Make-Ahead Awesome: 16 Savory Bread Pudding Recipes 1 of 17
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    16 incredible savory bread pudding recipes that make for effortless holiday gatherings. 

  • Kale and Cheddar Strata 2 of 17
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    Cook up a new dinner classic with this simple, make-ahead kale and cheddar strata recipe. Versatile and just right for any occasion, this is the ultimate in savory bread puddings.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Savory Bread Pudding with Kale 3 of 17
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    Sneak a few healthy dark leafy greens into your dinner repertoire with this effortless savory bread pudding with kale.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Stacie Billis

  • Chili Rellenos Breakfast Strata 4 of 17
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    With or without chorizo, this creative strata recipe goes big on flavor, taking its inspiration from traditional chili rellenos.
    Kitchen Treaty has the recipe
    Image: Kitchen Treaty 

  • Thomas Keller’s Savory Leek Bread Pudding 5 of 17
    Make-Ahead Awesome: 16 Savory Bread Pudding Recipes

    Want to make an amazingly delicious savory bread pudding? Start with a loaf of homemade potato and chive bread. Then, bake up a savory bread pudding with leeks, chives, Emmenthaler, and even nutmeg. Dinner perfection achieved!
    Joanne Eats Well with Others has the recipe
    Image: Joanne Eats Well with Others 

  • Mexican Sausage Cornbread Strata 6 of 17
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    For breakfast or dinner, this spicy and rich cornbread strata is sure to please everyone at the table.
    Snappy Gourmet has the recipe
    Image: Snappy Gourmet 

  • Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Strata 7 of 17
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    This yummy strata recipe incorporates flavorful sausage, three kinds of cheese, and bright, acidic sun-dried tomatoes for a savory, completely delicious strata recipe.
    Vintage Kitchen Notes has the recipe
    Image: Vintage Kitchen Notes 

  • Parmesan Bread Pudding with Broccoli Rabe 8 of 17
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    Bring on the flavor with this rich Parmesan-based savory bread pudding. Parmesan is the perfect counterbalance to pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe, and supports a mildly spiced dish beautifully.
    Joanne Eats Well with Others has the recipe
    Image: Joanne Eats Well with Others 

  • Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding 9 of 17
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    Nutty crimini mushrooms and sauteed leeks are an incredible base for all of the complex flavors in this delicious savory bread pudding.
    Noble Pig has the recipe
    Image: Noble Pig 

  • Swiss Chard and Onion Panade 10 of 17
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    This savory panade recipe features fresh, seasonal chard and sweet onions.
    Farm Fresh Feasts has the recipe
    Image: Farm Fresh Feasts 

  • Italian Egg Strata 11 of 17
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    Highlighting a host of fresh ingredients, such as turkey sausage, roasted red peppers, spinach, goat cheese, and onion, this slow-cooker strata might just be the easiest knockout recipe around!
    The Tasty Fork has the recipe
    Image: The Tasty Fork 

  • Reuben-Style Holiday Ham Strata 12 of 17
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    Smothered in Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing, and packed with goodies like sauerkraut, mustard, and ham, this creative recipe will have your guests talking for weeks.
    Noble Pig has the recipe
    Image: Noble Pig 

  • Cheesy Pepperoni Strata 13 of 17
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    This strata is loaded with good flavors like pepperoni, spinach, and plenty of cheese. Make-ahead convenience makes it the perfect recipe for a simple dinner or brunch!
    Noble Pig has the recipe
    Image: Noble Pig 

  • Maple Bacon Waffle Bread Pudding 14 of 17
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    This over-the-top recipe for maple bacon waffle bread pudding is perfect for a totally scrumptious breakfast or even a dinnertime treat!
    Noble Pig has the recipe
    Image: Noble Pig 

  • Vegetable-Studded Bread Kugel 15 of 17
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    For this gluten-free and vegan take on a bread kugel, Ricki Heller turns to an old family recipe passed down from generation to generation. And now, this great recipe can be a part of your family too!
    Ricki Heller has the recipe
    Image: Ricki Heller 

  • Savory Cornbread and Bean Bread Pudding 16 of 17
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    Got leftovers? Transform them into a delicious dinner with this easy recipe for cornbread and bean bread pudding.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Babble Food 

  • Savory Wine and Cheese Charlotte 17 of 17
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    This inventive vegan and gluten-free charlotte recipe is similar in taste and texture to a souffle, and features a great line up of tasty ingredients like cashews, tahini, and pumpkin puree.
    Ricki Heller has the recipe
    Image: Ricki Heller 

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