Caramelized-Onion Bread Pudding

Sweet onions star in this creamy baked casserole, a satisfying, meatless comfort food with plenty of Swiss cheese.

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  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 1 hr 15 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2
large sweet onions (such as Maui or Walla Walla), cut into 1/4-inch slices
1
lb rustic whole-grain bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (8 cups)
2
small zucchini (8 oz), shredded (3 cups)
2
cups shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz)
4
eggs
2
cups milk
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4
teaspoon pepper

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are brown and caramelized.
  • 2 Meanwhile, spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Layer 4 cups of the bread cubes, 1 1/2 cups of the zucchini and 3/4 cup of the cheese in baking dish. Repeat layers once.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat remaining ingredients with wire whisk until well blended. Pour over bread mixture. Arrange onions on bread mixture.
  • 4 Cover with foil; bake 30 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over top; bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are brown and caramelized.
  • 2 Meanwhile, spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Layer 4 cups of the bread cubes, 1 1/2 cups of the zucchini and 3/4 cup of the cheese in baking dish. Repeat layers once.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat remaining ingredients with wire whisk until well blended. Pour over bread mixture. Arrange onions on bread mixture.
  • 4 Cover with foil; bake 30 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over top; bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Using large sweet onions is important for having enough to cover the top. Typically sweet onions are larger than regular yellow onions.

If you'd prefer, substitute fresh thyme for the dried.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
240
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
450mg
450%;
Total Carbohydrate
22g
22%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
14g
14%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.