Recipe by Bev
If you have an over abundance of fresh garden tomatoes, you may want to give this wonderful recipe from Gourmet Magazine a try! Best the day it is made, however you can prepare this recipe one day ahead if you like (covered after cooling and refrigerate). See cook's note at bottom of directions.
- 3 lbs plum tomatoes, such as roma halved lengthwise
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons herbes de provence
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 head garlic, left whole
- 10 cups cubed country-style Italian bread (1-inch, 1 pound)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups coarsely grated chilled italian fontina (9 ounces)
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle of oven.
- Butter a baking dish - 13 x 9".
- Toss tomatoes in a bowl with herbes de Provence, 1 tablespoon oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
- Arrange tomatoes, cut sides up, in a large heavy 4-sided sheet pan.
- Cut off and discard 1/4 inch from top of garlic head to expose cloves, then put on a sheet of foil and drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil.
- Wrap garlic in foil and roast in pan with tomatoes until tomatoes are browned but still juicy and garlic is soft, 50 to 60 minutes (Leave oven on.).
- Cool garlic to warm, then force through a medium-mesh sieve with a rubber spatula, discarding skins.
- Reserve purée.
- While garlic cooks, toss bread cubes in a large bowl with remaining oil until coated, then spread out in a large 4-sided sheet pan and bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Cool in pan.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
- Whisk together milk, cream, eggs, garlic purée, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
- Stir in cheeses.
- Transfer bread to baking dish, then pour egg mixture over bread and add tomatoes, pushing some down between bread cubes.
- Bake until firm to the touch and golden brown in spots, 50 to 60 minutes.
- Cooks' note: Bread pudding is best the day it is made but can be made 1 day ahead and chilled (covered once cool). Reheat, covered with foil, in a 350°F oven.