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chile, cheese, and chorizo

If there was one food, dish, or recipe that you could eat for the rest of your life; as much as you want, as often as you like, from now until eternity – without gaining an ounce – what would it be?

ice cream

If you would have asked me that question a few weeks ago, I would have said, “Ice Cream!”

Ice cream is my go-to answer to any question that begins with “What food would you…”

I love ice cream; the coldness, the smoothness, the creaminess, the richness, the pure happiness that ice cream brings. And that is why we rarely have ice cream in our house!

But ask me that question today – my new answer is, “Chile, Cheese, and Chorizo Bread Pudding.”

going going gone

I developed this recipe for my classes at Les Gourmettes and I could not love it more! I am quite certain it is as calorie and fat-laden as ice cream, if not more so. It’s full of bread, cheese, chorizo, more cheese, eggs, and milk. And it is SO GOOD!

Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is just perfect, in every possible way. It is amazing! Well, except for the calorie/fat count – on that front – it sucks!

I made it twice last week. First for the class and then again for a dinner party the evening before Thanksgiving that we had with our family and Marissa’s boyfriend, Jeff’s family. One of the guests was vegetarian, so for the dinner party, instead of using a 9×13-inch pan, I made two 8×8-inch pans. One with the chorizo and one without.

The recipe is for the larger pan but the images are of the two smaller pans … just to clarify … so you aren’t confounded by the instructions vs. the photos.

Oh, and if you don’t have time to make the red pepper sauce, it’s still delicious with out it. Just saying!

Chile, Cheese, and Chorizo Bread Pudding

Chile, Cheese, and Chorizo Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding
3 Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded, and diced
5 cups day-old French bread cut into 1-inch cubes
8 ounces chorizo, cooked and well-drained
8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
6 large eggs
1 1/2 to 2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon salt

Red Pepper Sauce
3 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, stemmed, and seeded
1 chipotle pepper with adobo sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/2  teaspoon salt
Bread Pudding: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with Pam.

with and without chorizo

In a large bowl, toss the chiles, bread, chorizo, cheeses, onion, and cilantro together. Transfer to prepared baking dish.

bread and cheese mixture

Using the same large bowl the bread was mixed in, whisk together the eggs, 1 1/2 cups of the milk, spices, and salt until well mixed.

mix and egg mixture on top

Pour over the bread mixture, taking care to see that all the bread cubes are saturated, adding another 1/2 cup of milk if needed.

Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until lightly browned and nearly set in the center.

baked bread pudding

Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes to fully set up before serving.  While the pudding bakes, make the sauce.

Red Pepper Sauce: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat through when ready to use.

Spoon pudding onto plates and drizzle with warm red pepper sauce.

Serves 8 to 10


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4 comments

1 Marissa { 12.04.13 at 9:39 AM }

So good! I wish I could have had more!

2 Shelley { 12.04.13 at 10:40 AM }

This sounds and looks awesome!

3 Dagmar { 12.04.13 at 5:23 PM }

This dish sounds so good for a breakfast or brunch dish… I might make this during the holiday season this year… not that my family needs this hugely caloric intake, but omg I want to make this!!!

4 Amy { 12.10.13 at 8:33 PM }

Yes, I was there and it was delicious!

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