Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bacon & Cheddar Savory Bread Pudding Bites | Blogger C.L.U.E. Society

It is time again for the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society.  We are a group of like minded food bloggers who get assigned once a month to another blogger who is a member of this secret society of sorts.  We go on a secret mission to discover and make a recipe from our assigned blog with the theme of the month.  For February, our theme was red.  That could mean make something that is red or venture down the virtual red carpet.  I chose to dance down the red carpet and choose an appetizer that could be enjoyed while hosting an Oscar Party at home.

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If you have followed my blog for a while and/or we are friends, you know that I adore appetizers.  They are bite sized delights that pack a punch of flavor and you can sample many different flavor profiles in one sitting if you have an assortment of these little snacks.  This month I was paired with Kelli from Kelli’s Kitchen and she has a ton of recipes to choose from.  She calls Oklahoma home and learned a lot from her Nana.  She is the matriarch to her family and takes care of her hubby, daughter, step-sons, grandson (from her photo I can’t believe she is a grandmother), her Mom and her doggie Jack.  I can sense that she is a caregiver and nurturer and loves to share her food with everyone to make them smile.

After toying over a couple recipes, I knew I wanted to go the red carpet route and her Country Cook’s Cheesy Bacon Ranch Bread - just simply sang to me.  I had to gasp when I saw it called for 1 cup of butter – I just couldn’t do it.  Oh how I wish I could but then I thought about my waistline and heart.  Instead I cut down the butter and used half and half.  Okay, still not the healthiest, but something inside of me was reasoning with my inner-self saying this would be healthier.  I had to chuckle inside. Smile.  My hubby is always the official taste tester and he absolutely LOVED them.  These will make an appearance on the red carpet of appetizers for my small gathering for the Oscars.  Thank you Kelli for the recipe and inspiration!!

Bacon & Cheddar Savory Bread Pudding Bites

3 Cups Sourdough Bread, small cubes
2 Cups White Cheddar Cheese, grated
¼ Cup Butter, melted
¾ Cup Half and Half
2 Tablespoon Dry Ranch Dressing Powder
½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Cup Cooked and Crumbled Bacon (Apple smoked is what I used)
½ Cup Scallion, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Add the melted butter to the half and half and stir in the ranch dressing. Mix well.  Add the bread cubes to a large bowl and then add the melted butter mixture to the cubes of bread and mix well.  Let sit for 15 minutes.

Add the grated cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, cooked bacon and scallions to the bread mixture.  Mix well.

Use 2 mini muffin tins.  Spray each cup with non-stick cooking spray.  Fill each muffin with a large scoop of the bread mixture.  I used a small ice cream scoop to fill each one.  Made is really quick and easy.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool then gently remove with a sharp knife and enjoy!

Participating Bloggers:

  • Bacon & Cheddar Savory Bread Pudding Bites by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
  • Banana Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins by Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
  • Blood Orange Mojito by Anna from annaDishes
  • Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas by Janet from Cupcakes to Caviar
  • Cherry Almond Coconut Bars by Jean from Lemons and Anchovies
  • Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark by Ramona from Curry and Comfort
  • Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes by Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
  • Love Potion #9 w/ Raspberry Chambord Ice Cubes by Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
  • Madam Wong's Pizza Rolls by Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
  • Negroni by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
  • Paloma Naranjada Cocktail by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
  • Pomegranate-Lime Granita by Debra from Eliot's Eats
  • Raspberry Amaretto Bundt Cake by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
  • Raspberry-Strawberry Puff Pancake by Alice from A Mama, Baby and Shar-pei in the Kitchen
  • Red-Hot Currant-Glazed Pork Chops by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes by Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
  • Roasted Asparagus by Kim from Liv Life
  • Strawberry Chia Jam w/ Chia Seed Pancakes by Heather from girlichef
  • Strawberry Vanilla Scones by Christiane from Taking on Magazines
  • Tomato Herb Compound Butter by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Turkey Joes from annaDishes


    1. This is such a great recipe and I am very glad you and your husband like it! Our family likes them and certainly during football season it's a hit. I can put in a stick of butter because the men in the family have the most amazing metabolism known to man! Even Rocket (the baby) eats like a full grown man and is in the bottom 5% of his weight for his age. Curses! I, of course was not blessed with that so I have to eat little bites. Can't wait to see what you do next month!

    2. What an amazingly delicious bread pudding. I am not a big fan of sweet bread puddings... but this savory one sound right up my alley! :)

    3. These are so cute, and all my favorite things in one little bite! Sounds perfect!

      -Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    4. What a perfect little bite....savory bread pudding is the best!!

    5. Haha...! Amazing what we can justify in the name of happiness!! And I think you nailed this recipe perfectly. How fabulous would these be on one of your Friday Night appetizers events?? Pure perfection!

    6. Lisa, I am always on the hunt for appetizers to serve my book club--and these gems may be on the menu next month! They sound amazing!

    7. i love sweet bread pudding but strange enough I enjoy savory bread pudding just as much if not better! I love this

    8. This looks delicious! I love savory bread puddings as well as appetizers, so this one is right up my alley!

    9. Your appetizers should be compiled in a cookbook--seriously. I love all the ones I've tasted and now you've got one more to add to your tasty collection.

      I smiled as I read this because I'm always looking to cut down on the butter/fat content of anything I make. It's great to know that this worked out so well with your substitution. Oscar-party worthy, for sure!

      I had such a nice time looking through your blog for a recipe this month! :)

    10. I don't think I'd be able to stop popping these in my mouth - all of these amazing savory ingredients in one bite. Yum!

    11. Oh, Lisa, I love this recipe! We need something for munchies later in the day on Valentines and this is perfect! Somehow, my stepson forgot to make dinner reservations and now we have dinner at 3:30... Can you say appetizers later - lol!

    12. These look absolutely scrumptious! (I think I'd eat them all before they made it to the party.)

    13. Waaaaaaaaant! I've been looking for savory appetizer bites and these sound so perfect.The only problem is, I think I could eat about 20 of them in one sitting.

    14. I'm with you on the whole appetizer thing. I love them and the fact that they allow me to taste test so many different flavors and varieties in one sitting. The bites look fantastic, even with just half the butter.

    15. Oh my, this looks just wonderful! I'm bookmarking this for my next book club meeting - pun intended...

    16. I love Kelli. These are definitely red carpet worthy!!!!

    17. These sound too good!! I love all the elements, I'll have to try these soon. Great choice.

    18. these look so yummy! I'm thinking a perfect side for ribs in the summer time! :)

    19. Savory Bread Puddings are so great! I love the idea of little bites!

    20. I made these for the third time yesterday. I was asked by so many people for the recipe and my husband practically gets down on his knees and begs for them. I used good, very sharp Irish cheddar and have found that milk substitutes very well for the half and half if you add an egg to the mixture.

      1. You just put a HUGE smile on my face! So happy they were a hit in your household. If you love these, then I would highly recommend you try this recipe - I think it is even better. My hubby swooned over these.


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