This is like a hot ham and cheese sandwich! Velvety comfort food in a dense cloak of eggs and bread, both creamy and crunchy in the same bites. I've been on a tangent to utilize ingredients I have on hand in a creative fashion and I came up with this savory bread pudding because of a need to use up some homemade bread that was starting to go stale. I used homemade beer bread, but you could use sourdough, wheat bread, or any other 'sturdy' bread just as well. I used 1% milk with great success, but please use whatever you have on hand. Gruyere or Swiss cheese could be used in place of the Parmesan. Prep time includes refrigeration time.
Some might like this for brunch, but I've had it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and it's very satisfying. It packs very well as a brown bag lunch for me to take to work too. If the ham were left out, it would make a fabulous side dish to your roasted pork loin or other roast meat.