Butternut Squash Bread Pudding with Italian Sausage and Roasted Quince

Adapted by StarChefs.com
Yield: 6 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

6 cups Brioche bread cubes, 1 inch dice
2 cups butternut squash purée
2 cups Italian sausage, casing removed
2 quince, peeled, cored, and diced
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 eggs, beaten
½ cup Parmesan , grated
2 teaspoons rosemary, minced
½ cup heavy cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large mixing bowl combine bread cubes and squash purée, set aside. In large pan, cook sausage over medium heat until fat runs out. Add onion and cook 10 minutes. Add to bread squash mixture. Toss quince in olive oil and roast 30 minutes in oven. Remove and add to bread and sausage mixture. Let cool. When mixture has cooled add eggs, Parmesan, rosemary, cream and seasoning. Mix well to combine. Pour into buttered baking dish and bake about 45 minutes - 1 hour. Remove and sprinkle with additional parmesan. Serve warm.

Wine Pairing:
Bouchard, Clos de la Mousse, 2000