Okay, so maybe this isn’t *really* bread pudding, but it tasted like it! (and you’ll probably be suprised when you see what the ingredients were!)
I always wonder how chefs and cookbook authors come up with recipes until I realized a few weeks ago that they probably do exactly what I do…just mix things together knowing that they’ll eat whatever it is regardless of what it tastes like. I guess I’m just lucky that I’ve done this enough that now more often than not it turns out okay.
While looking through a blog I subscribe to the other day, I came across a good idea for stale bread. I had 1/4 of a loaf of last week’s beer bread so I decided to give the advice a try and put it in soup. I wasn’t really anticipating it to come out pudding-y, but it was delicious. (albeit horribly unphotogenic).
I did the usual, started boiling barley and red lentils, and then once the liquid was almost completely gone I broke up the bread into crumbs and stirred them in the soup. I wound up having to add ~1/2 cup more water and I let the bread soak that up while stirring constantly. While this whole process was going on I was roasting potatoes, onion, and turnip.
Next time I can do without the turnip. It didn’t add much to this dish. The onion, on the other hand, went fantastically with the pudding. Surprisingly, the beer flavor was really pronounced. I mixed in a tablespoon of good, grainy mustard, too. I think if I had added any more, though, I would have ruined it. It was really difficult for me to stop eating this but I forced myself to save some for lunch tomorrow.
The whole time I was thinking that corn would have been great mixed in. If I try this again I will probably add more vegetables to it. I also think this could be great with pork. The only thing I would do is add more salt! For some reason it seemed as if no matter how much I added there wasn’t enough.
Total Cost: $2.68
organic barley: $0.40
organic red lentils: $0.30
1 organic onion: $0.42
2 organic potatoes: $0.40
1/4 organic turnip: $0.17
1/4 loaf of beer bread: $0.99
OH, I also found $5 today!!! Karma for spending so little on food last month?