Savory Sweet Potato Bread Pudding | Nik Snacks ~ Nik Snacks

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Savory sweet potato bread pudding is comforting, familiar and full of promise for breakfast, lunch, dinner and every meal in between. This time of year begs for something hot and comforting from the oven. So, crank it up, pull out your canned goods and let’s get cooking! Canned ingredients are the key to making convenient and delicious comfort foods, whether you’re in the mood for a classic childhood favorite or something with a modern spin. Canned sweet potatoes and evaporated milk are two items available year-round that make this recipe great. I love cooking with cans because canned ingredients are sustainable and help reduce the amount of perishable fruits and vegetables I purchase and then throw away.  

  • Canned produce goes from field to package within 4 hours vs. fresh produce takes 24 days from field to store.  

  • The proximity of field to packaging facility, and the efficiency of modern canning facilities locks in nutrients at the peak of ripeness just hours after harvest.  

One of my most prized possessions is my kitchen pantry. The best part is it's not in the kitchen: it's a converted coat closet! Bagged snacks and chips are at the top (just out of arms reach), then baking products and sauces, followed by cans and dried pasta. Even my cats have an organized pantry full of canned food! They know the secret joys of canned foods as well.  

Pets deserve quality canned food pantry situations too

When the pandemic creeped its way into our homes back in March, the first thing I did was create A Well-Stocked Pantry list to help people who had no idea what to buy at the grocery store in case of emergency. High on the list? Canned tuna, tomatoes and other vegetables. Canned food portion sizes are just right for both individuals and families, and most recipes are designed around these sizes, helping minimize food waste and making the most out of your grocery budget. 

In these stressful and uncertain times, canned ingredients are a great way to create easy, delicious and comforting recipes. Especially for Thanksgiving or end-of-year holiday meals. They provide 
serious value, convenience and nutrition in one affordable, shelf-stable and waste-free package allowing for a sustainable and simple ingredient to have on-hand. Canned goods are the glue that bring all other kinds of ingredients together quickly and creatively in a fun way. And, I created my Sweet Potato Bread Pudding to demonstrate how I use canned ingredients for a comforting, holiday-inspired dish.  

Bread pudding is essentially a casserole that can be put together in a few minutes, refrigerated overnight and reheat throughout the week or baked immediately for a comforting dinner main dish or side. You can even turn it into macaroni and cheese, a layered breakfast strata or Scandinavian hot dish to take to a potluck supper. You can also set up the raw ingredients overnight for easy prep or store it in the freezer to enjoy later. 

When your fork breaks through the buttery, crusty top layer of bread and hits the soft, creamy interior of pudding, you know that all is right with the world. Full of (five) day-old cubed bread, spicy bulk sausage, dried herbs, and bits of sweet pimiento peppers, this comforting bread pudding comes together with a smooth sweet potato custard, made with canned sweet potatoes and canned evaporated milk, and a little lovin' from the oven.   


Don’t have 10-day old bread? Simply toast slices of bread under the broiler or in the toaster in order to dry it out before cutting it into cubes.  

Vegetarian-friendly? Substitute a 15 oz. can of Cannellini or Great Northern White Beans for the ground sausage – creating a nutrient and protein-packed meal 

Dairy-free? Substitute a 13.5 oz. Can of coconut milk for evaporated milk to get the same  

Use chopped parsley, chives or thinly sliced green onions for garnish to brighten and freshen up the dish before serving. 

Savory Sweet Potato Bread Pudding 

Serves 8-10 

2 Tablespoons olive oil 

1 loaf 10-day old French bread (~6 cups), cut into 1-inch cubes 

lb bulk hot sausage 

1/2 teaspoon sage, dried 

1 teaspoon rosemary, dried 

lbs canned sweet potatoes, drained 

2 cups canned evaporated milk  

4 eggs 

1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground 

1 teaspoon chili powder 

1 Tablespoon maple syrup 

Kosher salt  

freshly ground black pepper, to taste  

2/3 cup diced pimientos, drained 

1/2 stick salted butter, cubed into small pieces 


1. Preheat oven to 375oF. 

2. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with olive oil. Add the bread cubes to the baking dish. Spread the cubes evenly in the prepared baking pan. Set aside. 

3. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat into small clumps. 

4. Cook sausage until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a large mixing bowl, discard the fat. Add the sage and rosemary and stir to combine. 

5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together sweet potatoes, evaporated milk, eggs, cinnamon, chili powder and maple syrup until smooth with no lumps. Season with salt and pepper. 

6. Use a large serving fork to mash the mixture together until homogenous and the eggs and milk are incorporated throughout. Add the sausage and diced pimientos to the sweet potatoes. 

7. Pour this combined mixture over the bread cubes and mix with a large fork to make sure each piece of bread is coated. 

8. Dot the top of the bread pudding with the cubes of butter. 

9. Bake for one hour or until puffed and golden brown. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. 


  1. Best bread pudding I've seen in a long time. I love that it is savory.

  2. What a marvelous savory bread pudding! I'd eat it for breakfast, lunch AND dinner :)

  3. woah!! SO creative and it just sounds good!! I see myself making this soon, and without a care in the world that it wont be on the holiday that its sweet cousin is usually served on! ;)

  4. Sweet potatoes and sausage - to of my favorite things!

  5. LOVE savory bread pudding. Great recipe. "Some casseroles have glue!" You crack me up.

  6. I'm loving all the flavors in this bread pudding especially the savory touches!!

  7. I LOVE sweet bread puddings, but I've actually never had a savory one. What a creative idea, of course i'd have to omit or replace the sausage with something but the sweet potato is staying put! Yum!

  8. What I great idea! The photos look fab as well.

  9. Yummy...can't wait to make this for our brunch one weekend very soon!!!

  10. I love making sweet potatoes savory. I'm fond of all that sugar and cinnamon on roasted sweet potatoes, so this is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY! YUM!

  11. This looks so delicious and I think it would be a great addition to the holiday table as well! Filing and keeping!!!

  12. I adore a savory bread pudding and this one has my favorite ingredients!

  13. Sweet potatoes and sausage are an incredible combination...this looks SO delicious!

  14. This sounds amazing! I love the sweet and savory combo!

  15. It was delicious! Hubby said it tasted like a fancy bed & breakfast breakfast. Very easy, too. I used sweet potatoes from the farmers' market - braised them and then cooked them down with the cayenne, cinnamon and syrup. I added fried sage leaves on top. Thanks!

  16. Oh goodness, yes. Yes to all of that! Love a savory bread pudding.

  17. I love all the flavors in this! It looks amazing!

  18. Now that's a bread pudding I'd like to sink my fork into!

  19. I'm with everyone else who has already commented - this IS SERIOUSLY one of the best bread pudding recipes EVER!

  20. I'm with everyone else who has already commented - this IS SERIOUSLY one of the best bread pudding recipes EVER!

  21. I love the idea of a savory bread pudding instead of a sweet one! So amazing!

  22. Now that is one creative and damn delicious bread puddin'!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  23. How I love a good bread pudding! Sweet, savory - I'll take it either way. But with sweet potato and sausage, this one has me salivating right now.

  24. Whoooa. I've never seen a savory bread pudding like this and it looks magical. :)

  25. I've never had a savory bread pudding. I've only made sweet ones before! this is great!!

  26. Sweet potatoes and sausage are so good together. I love this casserole!

  27. I love to make bread pudding! However I had to read your title TWICE! I have never laid eyes on a savory bread pudding...Brilliant! Love the flavors happening here!

  28. I can see this bread pudding in my future. Loving everything about this and is it bad that I want to top it with a fried egg and have it for breakfast?

  29. You just can't beat a savory bread pudding! I bet the sweet potato custard is nicely tempered by the spicy sausage. This one is a keeper!


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