Who said bread pudding has to be sweet? This bread pudding combines beef sausage with wild mushrooms and artichokes for a savory brunch casserole.
Prepare Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage. Remove from skillet to large bowl; set aside.
Basic Country Beef Breakfast Sausage: Combine 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner), 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage (or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage), 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper in medium bowl mixing lightly but thoroughly. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add sausage mixture, cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.
Heat same skillet over medium heat until hot. Stir in mushrooms; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until soft. Drain artichokes, reserving liquid. Coarsely chop artichokes. Stir artichokes and salt into mushroom mixture. Add to sausage mixture.
Combine broth, milk, eggs and reserved artichoke liquid in medium bowl. Pour over sausage mixture; gently fold in bread cubes, mix well. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until liquid is absorbed.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place sausage mixture into pan. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake in 350°F oven 40 to 50 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes until top is golden brown. Sprinkle with green onions.
Test Kitchen Tips Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.