savoury french toast
Last weekend wasn't really the kind of weekend Saucy felt for the usual French toast - smothered in syrup or bathed in banana. This weekend, she decided a more savoury approach was in order.
French toast is a staple around here because there's almost always bread on hand (almost always) and the beauty of it is that it puts to use bread that might be a day or two past its prime - in fact, stale bread is just a bit better for soaking up a wet egg mixture.
For this savoury version of French toast, Saucy had about ten slices of white sandwich bread on hand so (best judgement) she threw three eggs and some cream into the blender and... French toasted away.
Don't be shy with the butter, it really helps French toast brown up deliciously and besides, you won't be serving this with a gallon of syrup (just shredded cheese and bacon bits) so you're saving calories, right?
10 slices white bread
3 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter, melted
dash (or two) of Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper to taste
butter, for frying
2 finely chopped green onions, for garnish
grated cheddar cheese, for garnish
bacon bits, for garnish
Place eggs, cream, melted butter, Tabasco sauce and salt and pepper in blender. Pulse on "high" until well blended and almost frothy. Pour mixture into a shallow pan.
Option: Saucy has been known at this point to throw a handful of shredded cheddar cheese or grated parmesan cheese into the blender before pulsing. If the cheddar is a fine shred, it will emulsify into your egg mixture nicely and give a more cheesy taste to the finished toast.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, a tablespoon or so at a time. Place bread slices in egg mixture and allow to soak moisture, flipping for both sides. Fry the wet bread until golden brown on each side (flipping once during cooking). You will notice that this mixture is more "sticky" in the pan if you add the cheese - but it has that oh so very delicious taste of fried cheese.
Continue dipping and frying the soaked bread slices, keeping cooked pieces warming in the oven until serving. Garnish with shredded cheddar, bacon bits and green onion.
posted Wednesday, October 16, 2013