With Thanksgiving around corner, the pressure might be on to prepare the PERFECT dish to wow your guests this year.  If boxed and bought hasn't been getting you very far - we have a fail proof recipe for everyone's favorite Turkey Day side - stuffing.  Executive Chef Elgin Woodman suggests upgrading this Thanksgiving staple by preparing a Savory "Bread Pudding" instead - using French baguette, goat cheese and shitake mushrooms.  

Why Chef Elgin loves it: "This recipe gets away from your more classic stuffing.  The process is easier, you don't have to worry as much about perfecting the moisture!  I used thyme as the main herb, but sage works great as well!"

Mouth watering yet? Recipe below!


Savory Bread Pudding

Makes (12) Servings


  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 9 eggs
  • ½tbs Dijon mustard
  • 2oz grated Parmesan
  • Pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 French baguette
  • 1 Spanish onion, diced
  • 1lb Shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2tbs Olive Oil
  • 2tsp fresh Thyme
  • 1oz Arugula
  • 1cup crumbled Goat Cheese
  • 1oz butter, cut in small cubes


  • In a blender, mix milk, eggs, Dijon mustard, grated Parmesan and nutmeg. Season the mix with salt and pepper, reserve.
  • Cut the baguette into large chunks.
  • In a sauté pan over medium high heat with oil, sauté the onions until translucent. Add the mushrooms and thyme, season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes then cool down.
  • In a large bowl, mix the bread with the egg mixture and mushrooms. Let the bread soak for (15) minutes, then toss in the arugula and ½ the goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour ½ the mixture into an oven safe container and layer ½ of the butter cubes. Add the remaining half of the mixture then top with remaining goat cheese and cubed butter.
  •  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, the remove and enjoy!
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