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Savory Bread Pudding with Sausage, Peppers and Spinach

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During the holiday season it's easy to feel stretched thin, but if you still want to create a wholesome, delicious dinner for your friends and loved ones, there's a simple way to do so! Though bread pudding has traditionally been served as a savory dessert, made popular by the cuisines of several different cultures, it can also be made as an entree requiring ingredients that you likely already have in your refrigerator or pantry. It's a meal that requires little meal prep or work, but yields delectable results.

For the most convenient, flexible and reliable bread pudding-making, use the Crock-Pot® 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker. It is perfect for recipes that require multiple steps, boasting five different ways to cook all in one appliance! Seamlessly switch from browning the sausage for this recipe, to slow cooking the entire dish, all in the same appliance without missing a beat. Eliminating extra pots and pans, this makes the entire cooking process easier than ever. And, it reduces the amount of cleanup later on. With a Multi-Cooker that can brown & sauté, slow cook, roast, bake and steam, you'll never cook with anything else again.

Try something new this holiday season:

Savory Bread Pudding with Sausage, Peppers and Spinach
By slow cooking bread pudding, you get the perfect crisp crust with a warm and creamy inside for a tantalizingly good texture that matches its excellent flavor. The sweet pork sausage, vegetables and cheese combine for a terrifically hearty meal that everyone will enjoy.


  • 12 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 (8-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 8 cups hearty white bread, torn into 1-inch chunks
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Extra parsley, for garnish
Top your bread pudding with Parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish.Top your bread pudding with Parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish.


  1. Select Brown/Sauté and set to high.
  2. Allow Multi-Cooker to preheat.
  3. Add olive oil and sausage to heat, breaking up the pieces, until browned.
  4. Add mushrooms, peppers and spinach, cooking for about 5 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, cheese, parsley and salt and pepper.
  6. Fold in bread cubes, mixing gently to coat.
  7. Add to sausage mixture in Multi-Cooker, folding gently to coat well.
  8. Press Start/Stop to change function to Slow Cooker.
  9. Cover and cook on low for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
  10. Serve warm.
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that call for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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