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Ham-and-Scallion Brioche Bread Bake

May 2008
Ham-and-Scallion Brioche Bread Bake

by 9 people

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Bake: 45 mins

  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 bunches scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 1 pound loaf brioche, cubed
  • 1/4 pound ham, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
  1. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1 teaspoon salt and the black pepper.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the scallions, garlic, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the bread cubes to the prepared baking dish. Add the scallion mixture, ham and half of the cheese; toss. Pour the egg mixture on top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the liquid is absorbed, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Discard the plastic wrap and bake until golden and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Tip Get ahead
  • You can prepare the dish through step 3 up to a day in advance.