Parmesan-Leek Bread Pudding

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbsps. butter
3 leeks\raw, white part only, sliced and washed
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half
4 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 loaf Italian bread, torn into 1 inch pieces

DIRECTIONS:

In a sauté pan over medium heat, gently soften the leeks in butter. After the leeks are tender, remove from heat. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, half-and-half, eggs, seasonings, and cheese. Stir in bread and leeks. Pour mixture into a large baking dish and bake for 35-45 minutes.

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