Monday, December 6, 2010

A Fabulous Cajun Breakfast

It was another great weekend in Cajun country with lots of fun activities and weekend guests. I wanted to make a special breakfast for my guests and prepared this delicious, savory bread pudding.This wonderful breakfast treat can also be made the night before, and popped into the oven in the morning and goes very nicely on a brunch buffet, too. Cest bon, cher! Enjoy!

 Cajun Breakfast Bread Pudding

1 (15 oz.) loaf French or Artisan bread, torn into 1 inch pieces
6 strips bacon, fried crisp and crumbled, divided
1 cup cooked ham, cubed
8  large eggs
3 1/2 cups milk
2 tbs.'s butter
1/2 cup each onions and bell peppers, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms. sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1 or 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1 tbs. fresh thyme leaves, chopped, or 1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/2  tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In large skillet, saute the ham, onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, jalapenos, and garlic, in the butter, until soft.  In large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, thyme, salt, and pepper. Add Parmesan cheese, and mix well.  Pour over bread pieces, add half of the bacon, and mix well. Transfer to a buttered 13x9x2 inch baking dish and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Bake @ 350 degrees, uncovered for 40 45 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and remaining bacon and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Divine! Bon appetit!

I also whipped up some Croissant French Toast w/ Strawberry Syrup.
Click here for recipe.

And some Jalapeno Hash Browns. Click here for recipe.

And  a batch of Grandma's Buttermilk Biscuits. Click here for recipe.

And lots of hot "Holiday Jazz", Community Coffee! Click here to order.

Hope that you all have a wonderful week, filled with happy times and fun! I'll be sharing some holiday recipes soon, so stay tuned! Merci beaucoup for stopping by, and remember to let the good times roll!, cher!


Eddie Bluelights said...

I can do a bit better than that and say,
"Yum, Yum".

Drick said...

boy, I want to be a guest next time you feel like whipping something up - the spices in your breakfast strata are very different from mine, gonna try it next time - croissant french toast, now that's special and love your take on the hash browns... as always, drooling over here...

Joanne said...

I like the looks of that Holiday Jazz coffee! We played lots of holiday jazz on the stereo this weekend as we decorated for the holidays ... Happy Monday to you, Marguerite :)

Kittie Howard said...

Your fab recipes have me drooling down Memory Lane (here, too, it's coooold, could do with some hot biscuits.) Millie and I had a 4-H demonstration each year for Achievement Day. Got blues each year, got bored,switched to cherry pie, got nothing...loooove both! Ma used to make French toast for us...YUM!

A holiday drink is a great idea! We're sorting out schedules with family now, will be in touch, Cher!

Kat said...

Man, you really know how to treat your guests! It all looks so good.

John said...

Just read the recipe; think I need to lie down for a few minutes, I think I'm full.

ellen abbott said...

You're making me hungry!

Rosaria Williams said...

Oh, it hits the spot!

judi/Gmj said...

yum, yum, yum, fit for a fab bed and breakfast meal. Okay, tour guide to the Cajun Delights, you could do the bed and breakfast route and tour guide on the side, fab job... just saying.. I'd have destination :)

Talli Roland said...

Cajun bread pudding - wow! Didn't know such a thing existed! Looks yummy.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Now that is some breakfast! It looks delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Now WHEN is that cookbook coming out?? So I don't have to copy every single one of your blog posts??

Linda Starr said...

A little jalapeno never hurt anybody.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Just pooped by to read all about your delicious, sorry sinfully delicious, Cajun Breakfast Bread Pudding. Like it's maker it is fabulous ~ Eddie

Marguerite said...

Mary- Thanks!

Eddie- Thanks, thanks! lol

Drick- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! So glad you like them! My pleasure to make you drool!

Joanne- Thanks! Community Coffee is awesome! I love this Jazz Holiday flavor and the Pecan Praline flavor is my fave. Yum!

Kittie- Thanks, cher! I remember those Achievement Days! You'll have to make these easy breakfast treats. They'll warm you up for sure!

Kat- I really do love to spoil my guests and family! I inherited this trait from my mother. Merci, cher, it's so good to hear from you!

John- lol, Just have another cup of coffee and take a nice long walk! Then you can have some French toast! lol

Arlee Bird said...

Now those are the makings of one heck of a good sounding breakfast buffet. I might go back for seconds!

Tossing It Out

Pooch Purple Reign said...

i just need some guests.....
that looks gorgeous
~laura xx

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

I come here and am instantly hungry. Just copied that yummy biscuit recipe.

Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

Bonjour Marguerite , A great post, cher! Is there place for me at the breakfast table or am I late? Beautiful photos, delicious as usual...mon ami!
Wishing you a wonderful day, filled with love and happiness! Love and hugs, Zhivago

Pearl said...


And here it is, almost two hours from lunch...


Marguerite said...

ellen- Thanks, that's the idea! lol Thanks for coming by!

lakeviewer- Thanks, glad to oblige! Glad you liked them, cher!

judi- Merci for your sweet comment, cher! I have thought about doing just that!

Talli- Bread pudding is a Cajun fave and is usually sweet and served as a dessert with a bourbon or rum sauce. Thanks, it is!

Mary- Thanks for your lovely comment and for stopping by!

Karen- Thanks, so glad you like the recipes. I'm working on it, but you know how it is with book publishing? lol

kitchen flavours said...

I'm loving all your Cajun yummies! They are all so mouth-watering looking! Wish I could join you for this delicious feast!

A Kitchen Witch said...

We loved this recipe. I didn't have ham so substituted w/Chorizo...still divine! Thanks for sharing. : )