Eggplant Pepper Parmesan Bread Pudding

Difficulty: Tricky
Time: 2 hours
Serves: 8

  • 6 Maestro® Bell Peppers
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1.75 lb bag of Adagio® Baby Eggplants, sliced into rounds
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups whipping cream
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 lb loaf sourdough bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 ½ cups parmesan cheese, grated

A fantastic Parmesan bread pudding using our Adagio® Baby Eggplants. This cheesy and savory side dish is perfect with braised meats.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Place whole Maestro® Bell Peppers on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until charred (approx. 20 minutes). Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the peppers sit until cool, then seed and peel. Set aside.
  3. Turn the oven down to 350ºF.
  4. Lightly beat 2 eggs in a bowl and place flour in another bowl.
  5. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, dip eggplant into the egg mixture and then into the flour and shaking off any excess flour. Fry eggplants, 4-5 slices at a time, turning over once, until golden brown. Rest on paper towels. Season with salt.
  6. Heat whipping cream and milk over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Remove immediately. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the remaining 6 eggs and slowly whisk in the warm cream.
  7. Heat ¼ cup of butter in a small skillet over medium heat and add shallots, garlic and fresh thyme. Sauté briefly (approx. 3 minutes) and remove from heat.
  8. Place cubed sourdough bread in a large mixing bowl, add both cream and butter mixtures. Mix well.
  9. Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and place half of bread mixture at the bottom. Layer eggplant slices on top of the bread and sprinkle with ¾ cup of grated Parmesan.
  10. Place roasted peppers on top of cheese and cover with remaining half of the bread mixture. Sprinkle remaining ¾ cup of parmesan over top and bake at 350º F for 50-60 minutes, until a skewer placed in the center comes out clean. Slice and serve.