Oh baby, this is good stuff. It's one of those recipes I love. Easy, cheap, simple and it uses up leftovers!! Oh, this is a goodie. Want the recipe?
Ok, before I divulge it you must know something about me. I'm not big into the whole "recipe" thing. I rarely if ever use them (unless it's a baked good or GFCF). I'm one of those, "pinch of this, dash of that" type cooks. Great for the fact that it usually brings out unique and varied foods, bad when you want to replicate them exactly. So below is the best guess I can give you for a "recipe" for this deliciousness. But if you want to tweak it a bit, be my guess. I would do it!
"Delicious Day Old Bread Casserole"
*this tastes best when allowed to rest overnight in the fridge before baking the next day*
3/4 loaf of stale bakery bread, cut into 1" cubes (Dutch Crunch is what I used. However you could use French, Wheat or whatever you have on hand)
2 packages of chopped spinach, thawed and drained completely
1 med/large white or yellow onion, medium mince
3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced finely
5 large eggs, beaten well
1 to 1 1/2 cups of milk (if your bread is extra stale I'd use the latter)
Celery salt, Italian seasonings, red pepper flake and black pepper to taste
1 whole container (32 oz) of plain yogurt (I used Mountain High, super good stuff)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (I used the can kind...I know)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used a sharp white)
Ok, this is what I did. Saute the onion in a bit of oil until translucent, then add garlic and saute another few minutes. Add spinach, combine all well and saute for a few minutes more. Place sauteed mixture in a bowl to cool.
Take your cubed bread and place it in a greased 9x13 or 11x14 pan. Basically you want your pan nice and full, but not overflowing. Then take the cooled spinach mixture and place evenly over the bread. Then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over everything.
Take the yogurt and add your desired amount of the seasonings mentioned above and combine well, then dump it evenly over the top of the spinach/Parmesan cheese. Then cover with the shredded cheese of your choice.
Combine the eggs and milk in a bowl then pour over the top. Take a spoon and "mix" it all up well, making sure the egg/milk gets incorporated into the rest of the ingredients. Cover it well, then put in the fridge overnight so that the bread can soak up everything really well.
To bake, tent with aluminum foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. When the casserole has set in the middle (stick a knife in the center, if it's clean it's set), remove the foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the top is nice and brown.
Awesomeness....it's even better the next few days. It also freezes really well!!
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