This is a great way to fancy up the last bit of leftover chicken or turkey. It also makes a perfect casserole for potluck suppers.
If you’re up an hour before everyone else on the weekend, it will seem to them like you’ve fussed since the crack of dawn to make this, but it’s dead easy. It’s also a great brunch dish.
This recipe was contributed by the American actor John Wayne in his last year, 1979, to a cookbook raising money for cancer. There has since emerged another casserole named John Wayne, but this is the original recipe, without beef in it.
A savoury mushroom puffed bread pudding side dish, also nice served with chicken or turkey as a change from stuffing.
This is very tasty with the leeks, but you can use sliced onions instead if you have onions to hand.