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Savoury Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding
Makes 4


1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook 5 to 7 min., or until starting to brown. Add garlic and cook 1 min, or until golden. Transfer onion and garlic to plate to cool.
2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix in bread cubes; allowing them to soak up egg mixture; about 2 min. Mix in ¼ cup (60 mL) cheese, ham, chives, cooled onions and garlic.
3.Pour into greased 9-in. (23-cm) square baking dish. Top with remaining ¼ cup (60 mL) cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 20 min. Remove foil and bake an additional 20 min., until bread pudding is set and cheese topping is golden.

Tip: Substitute 1 chopped leek for onion and equal amount of Swiss cheese for the Cheddar.

1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL 1 onion, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 6 eggs 2 cups (500 mL) milk 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper ½ sourdough boule (1/2 of 225 g round loaf), cut into 1-in. (2.5-cm) cubes ½ cup (125 mL) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided ¾ cup (175 mL) coarsely chopped ham (approx. 3 oz/90 g) ¼ cup (60 mL) chopped chives