Thursday, March 26, 2009

Goat Cheese and Tomato Bread Pudding

I think I've found a new favorite cookbook! The American Heart Association's Low-Calorie cookbook is wonderful. It has so many recipes that are really simple, really healthy and fresh, and they even have calorie counts!
For tonight's dinner, I found a goat cheese and tomato bread pudding recipe. I don't make bread pudding often because I don't eat anything besides oatmeal for breakfast, and I don't ever think to make it for dessert. However, I decided this would be a great side dish, a new way to incorporate bread into dinner besides a sandwich or for dipping into soup.
The original recipe had you making your goat cheese from scratch, as well as using a few different ingredients, so I used their idea, but changed it quite a bit. I rarely follow recipes, I usually see a recipe's name, then just steal that and make my own dish to fit in the name's parameters!
I served this with some balsamic onion green beens and TJ's pesto chicken sausage. The sausage was ok, just really salty in my opinion. It's definitely my least favorite TJ's sausage.

Goat Cheese and Tomato Bread Pudding

6 slices whole grain bread, cubed (about 2 c.)
1 /2 pint cherry tomatoes
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
10 basil leaves, minced
2 oz. crumbled organic goat cheese
1/2 c. skim milk
2 eggs
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
Cracked black pepper

Toss bread cubes, tomatoes, onion, basil and goat cheese in a greased casserole dish.
In a small bowl, whisk milk, eggs and whites, oregano, salt and pepper.
Pour over the bread mixture.
Place saran wrap over the top, and place something on top to weight it down and make sure all bread is saturated.
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or more.
Preheat oven to 425, uncover, bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and set.

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Kristen616 said...

Wow this looks fantastic!!! I never would have thought to put those ingredients together for a bread pudding, but I'll bet it is delicious!!! I'm definitely starring it, I'll be trying it soon!!! Thanks!

Joanne said...

I always save TJ's sausages for when I make more complicated side dishes. THey are pretty low calorie and SO easy to make. I've never had this flavor, however. I think my favorite is the cilantro one.

kitchenbelle said...

This is a really great idea for a side dish. Something different from the norm, yet healthy and fresh--a great find!

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Daniel said...

A really interesting and unusual dish! Thanks for sharing. Isn't it great to find a brand new cookbook that seems to have an endless supply of great recipes? I think it's one of the best things about cooking

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Kelly said...

I love when a healthy cookbook surprises you with its flavor. As soon as I saw your post title the last thing I was thinking was healthy so I am excited to see that such a healthy cookbook was its inspiration. It sounds very yummy.

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Thanks so much for posting this! I was sent to your blog by a friend and we both started making this!! It is amazing!