Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Holidays are Effortlessly Gourmet with Stella® #Stellacheeses

Monday, November 26, 2018

Holidays are Effortlessly Gourmet with Stella® #Stellacheeses

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by  Stella® Cheese but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I know that we haven't hit December yet, but as soon as we wrap up Thanksgiving dinner, my family is already planning out our annual Christmas breakfast. Since my mother-in-law cooks for turkey day, it's my duty to host Christmas breakfast. Waffles are always on the menu, so the main dish never needs planning on my part, but I do have to make a few tempting side dishes to keep the meal from feeling a bit boring. I wanted to make bread pudding but with syrup and blueberry toppings already going on the waffles, I was worried about an abundance of sweetness for one meal. Instead of doing the traditional cinnamon and raisin bread pudding, I'm switching it up and taking a more savory approach with my favorite Spinach Mushroom Bread Pudding topped with Stella® Asiago Cheese.

Spinach Mushroom Bread Pudding

I like taking an ordinary dish and giving it a touch of gourmet without a lot of effort, and that's why I chose to include Stella® Asiago Cheese in my dish. With their large variety, it's easy to create gourmet Holiday Cheese Recipes to classy up your table but don't require spending all day in the kitchen to do so. My bread pudding takes 15 minutes of prep work, which leaves plenty of time leftover to focus on tossing together other dishes.

First we cube and toast a loaf of French bread:

Toasted Bread

While the bread is toasting, sauté some sliced Bella mushrooms:

Sauteed mushrooms

Whisk together milk, egg, and spices:

Bread Pudding

Place the toasted bread cubes in a large bowl, then pour the milk/egg mixture over the top. Use a rubber spatula to gently stir to coat the bread cubes. Then, gently stir in thawed and drained frozen spinach and sauteed mushrooms.

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

Place the mixture into a greased glass baking dish, then generously top with Stella® Asiago Cheese.

Cheesy Bread Pudding

Cheese Bread Pudding

Pop that bad boy into the oven and let it do its thing while you move onto creating other traditional holiday recipes.

Yield: Serves 8-10

Mushroom Spinach Bread Pudding

Mushroom Spinach Bread Pudding



  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1 10oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 8oz packed sliced Bella mushrooms
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 container Stella® Asiago Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice bread into bite sized cubes, leaving crust on. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes, or until dried out.
  3. While bread is toasting, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium sized pan and sauté mushrooms.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in the milk, then thyme, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  5. Place the toasted bread cubes into a large bowl. Pour the milk/egg mixture over top of bread cubes, then use a rubber spatula to gently stir and coat the bread cubes. Stir in the spinach and mushrooms.
  6. Lightly grease a 9x12 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour the bread cube mixture into the baking dish, then top with the whole container of the Stella® Asiago Cheese.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit 5 minutes before serving.

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Mushroom Spinach Bread Pudding

It's easy to add a touch of gourmet to your traditional holiday recipes when you add in Stella® Cheeses. You can find them in the gourmet cheese section at Wakefern, Albertsons, Supervalu, Shaw's, Meijer, Ahold/Delhaize, and Harris-Teeter.

Stella Cheese

What are some of your favorite traditional holiday recipes?


  1. I'm assuming that one whole dish is for me, right? Because I cannot stop just on one spoonful! Spinach and shrooms and cheese, what's not to like about it! It will be a hit! You can also bake it as lil' muffins in muffin tins.

    1. PS if you put a sour cream to that mixture, it will thicken and connect the bread nicely like a pie!

    2. Oooh, that sounds like a great idea. How much sour cream do you put in your mix? I don't want to put too much in and have it overpower the other flavors, but too little probably wouldn't do much for consistency. Muffin cups sound divine too, for little individual treats!

    3. I think one cup would be enough in this recipe. It would turn it into a gratin.

  2. Mushrooms and spinach are a win for me. Looks like a great morning dish indeed for breakfast.

    1. A yummy combo for holidays or weekend breakfast, indeed!

  3. Asiago is such a good cheese. I love Stella! Your recipe does sound like it's savory deliciousness.

    1. Thanks Rosey. It is one of my favorites to use in warmer meals like this.

  4. This is my kind of bread pudding indeed, Theresa! Cheese and spinach? match made in heaven!

  5. I've never had bread pudding. I've thought about making it a few times but I wasn't sure I would like it. This however sounds really good.

    1. You should try. If you like sweets, start with one like a cinnamon version. If you like food a bit more savory, you may like this one instead.

  6. My stomach wants food now!!! This looks great!


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