Savory Bread Pudding is the perfect lazy Sunday brunch recipe! I love the flavor from the ham and asparagus, it’s perfect for spring and a little different from your average breakfast casserole. It’s fast and easy. It would be perfect to make for Mother’s Day! The hollandaise sauce makes it so decadent!

Savory bread pudding with ham

Have you thought about what to get for mom for Mother’s Day yet?? I have. I’m giving her the gift of my children. All 3 of them. For 2 weeks straight. So thoughtful, right? *EYEROLL*

I know, I know, I’m the worst.

breakfast casserole with ham and eggs

Someday I’m going to get payback when Charlotte dumps all her kids on me so she and her husband can go on a fabulous vacation. But for NOW, I’ll take the fabulous vacation thankyouverymuch! We are going to Australia! For TWO WEEKS! And I’m only minorly freaking out! Aaahhh

Eric’s cousin (Hi Maddie :) is getting married on an island sort of near Brisbane (Fraser Island, has anyone been? Where are all my Aussie readers? Do people even say Aussie?? HELP ME!)

breakfast casserole with hollandaise sauce

Here’s the thing guys. Vacations freak me out. Every person that I have tried to explain this to so far has just given me a blank stare, so if ANYONE relates to this, please comment and tell me I’m not crazy. Vacations are supposed to be fun, carefree, right?

I think part of it is being a mom. NOT that I will miss my kids, sorry children. It’s just that being a mom you are ALWAYS “on.” Any mom knows what I mean. There is no off time. Middle of the night? Someone could wake up puking. Out on a date? Babysitter might call and say the baby has a fever. Etc, etc, etc.

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There is this weird sense of futility when I’m on vacation. Like an emptiness. No, I don’t miss my kids, do I need to say it again?? (Although I’m sure I will after 2 weeks. I’ve never been away that long!) I think it’s just that being “ON” is such a part of my normal existence, that I don’t know what to do when I don’t have to be on for my kids. I think that’s why it’s so hard for parents those first couple years of being empty nesters. What do you guys think? Am I alone here?

Well I’m sure I will figure it out. I’m SUPER excited about Australia. We leave next week, and we’ve been planning it so long I can hardly believe it’s real! We are going to Sidney*, Fraser Island, and Airlie Beach. If anyone has any tips or must-sees (or must-eat-at-restaurants!!) please let me know!!

savory bread pudding with ham and asparagus

Maybe I should make my mom this Savory Bread Pudding right before I leave, so that she can pretend that I made if for her fresh when she wakes up on Mother’s Day and remembers that she has to change diapers all day. Hollandaise sauce makes everything all better, right?

This bread pudding is SO good. It’s from my friend Mary Younkin’s latest cookbook, The Weekday Lunches and Breakfast Cookbook. Mary is one of my absolute favorite bloggers, she’s over at Barefeet in the Kitchen. Her blog and her food are so down to earth and practical and DELICIOUS. I highly recommend it! Check out my review of her other book, The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook. I made this Chinese Beef and Broccoli Soup.

savory bread pudding

It starts off with a whole bunch of bread (always a good idea.) Then you pour some eggs and creamy stuff on top, and mix it with Swiss and asparagus and ham, and drench the whole thing in this 5 Minute Blender Hollandaise Sauce after it’s baked. You really can’t go wrong here! The hollandaise sauce is my own spin, you don’t have to make it. But why wouldn’t you?? 5 minutes!

Happy early Mother’s Day, Mom! What would I do without you! (Never go on vacation, that’s for sure). You’re the best!

*P.S. after posting this, I got a text from my mother-in-law Kris, who lives in Sidney, Montana:

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Savory Bread Pudding with Ham and Asparagus

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 5
Savory Bread Pudding is the perfect lazy Sunday brunch recipe! I love the flavor from the ham and asparagus, it's perfect for spring and a little different from your average breakfast casserole. It's fast and easy. The hollandaise sauce makes it so decadent!


  • 1 (16-oz) loaf French Bread
  • 7 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces deli ham, thinly sliced, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese, for topping
  • 1 recipe for 5 Minute Hollandaise Sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
  • Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the bread into 1-inch pieces. I actually find it easier to tear the bread with my hands. It doesn't matter too much, just make sure it's bite size. Place the bread in a large bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, salt, seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Gently stir to moisten all the bread. 
  • Add the asparagus, ham, and 1 cup Swiss cheese and stir it all up.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish and make sure the ham and asparagus is distributed evenly. 
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 cup Swiss cheese.
  • Spray some aluminum foil with nonstick spray and cover the pan (so that the cheese doesn't stick to the foil). 
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and continue baking for another 20-22 minutes, until the bread is toasty and golden brown. 
  • Serve warm with this hollandaise sauce


Make ahead: Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven. This can be stored in one large container or portioned into individual servings for storage and reheating. 
You can replace the asparagus with broccoli or bell peppers. 
This recipe is adapted from Mary Younkin's amazing book, The Weekday Lunches and Breakfasts Cookbook. Mary's blog is Barefeet in the Kitchen.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 714kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 324mg | Sodium: 1681mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1214IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 399mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 714
Keyword: asparagus, bread pudding, Ham
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

More brunch ideas for Mother’s Day!

Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole << this one is SO good. Love the potatoes.

Overnight Bacon and Asparagus Breakfast Casserole from The Food Charlatan


Cheesy Overnight Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole << this recipe is well loved!

Cheesy Overnight Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole from The Food Charlatan


Overnight Biscuits and Gravy Casserole 

Overnight Biscuits and Gravy Casserole from The Food Charlatan


More savory bread pudding ideas from blogger friends!

Artichoke Lemon Savory Bread Pudding from Lemons for Lulu
Savory Sausage and Onion Bread Pudding from Little Ferraro Kitchen
Savory Bread Pudding with Sausage and Spinach from Cookin’ Canuck

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  1. Tried the Savory Bread Pudding with Ham and Asparagus for mothers day and it was fantastic!

    1. So happy to hear this Sandie! It’s the perfect spring brunch. Did you make the hollandaise sauce too? Thanks for coming back to review!

  2. Oh, my goodness!! I am loving your hollandaise addition to this breakfast! My kids already love the casserole, so I know they’ll go nuts for the sauce with it. Thanks so much, Karen!

  3. I happen to think watching some of my grandkids IS a pretty good Mother’s Day present, diapers and all :)
    I won’t turn down a good bread pudding tho, if it’ll ease your mind!

  4. This looks so yummy!  Could you please check your pinterest link?  It doesn’t allow me to use any of the links on your page.  Thanks so much!!

    1. Hey Kristine! I’m sorry that’s so frustrating that it’s not working. I tried clicking the pin it button at the very top of the post, as well as the “save” button on the top left of each photo. Which one were you trying to use? In the meantime, here is this pin you can pin from:

    2. Thanks for the link to pin!  This one worked like a charm!  I can’t wait to try this!

  5. No, you’re not at all a crazy mom for obsessing over your vacation.  I’ve been an empty-nester for 20 years.  Now I can’t go on vacation because it would traumatize my CAT! 🤪. Go figure.

  6. This looks great Karen! I have this cookbook too and LOVE IT!

    One MINOR detail on your blog post . . . Sidney or Sydney? Just thought you’d want to know. . . ;-)

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