I totally got called out over this french toast last weekend. There I was, finishing up my weekly group workout class and boasting about how I've been working towards eating healthier lately. Then my friend sidles up and says "Hey, what about that stuffed french toast you posted to your Instagram account yesterday? And those chocolate donuts, and those cappuccino muffins, and that biscoff cheeseball?"
OK, I get it. It appears that I may be a health-food fraud. BUT! It's not very interesting to post that apple or avocado that I'm snacking on to Instagram. And no one wants to see me eat scrambled eggs for the third time in four days. Decadent meals, though? I got you covered!
This time, I had a solid excuse. It's Secret Recipe Club time! I was matched up with Cindy from Hun...What's For Dinner. She's got a multitude of recipes that I fell in love with, especially the Grilled Mac and Cheese with Pulled Pork Sandwich. However, I finally settled on making the Stuffed Savory Ham and Cheese French Toast. I didn't have any ham on hand, but I did have prosciutto, so I figured that would do as a quick substitute.
This french toast was creamy, cheesy, and slightly salty/sweet. It was so easy to make that I can't wait to recreate it for a brunch someday. In fact, I may have promised two of my old coworkers that I would host a brunch for them pretty soon. I may have been slightly tipsy when I promised this, but I guess a deal's a deal.
Stuffed Savory Prosciutto & Cheese French Toast
slightly adapted from Hun...What's For Dinner
makes 4 servings
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon minced onions
- salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 4 slices of prosciutto
- 8 thick slices day-old bread
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- few dashes hot sauce, to taste
- butter and vegetable oil, for cooking
- powdered sugar and maple syrup, optional
1) In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar and minced onions. Season with salt and pepper.
2) Spread 4 slices of bread generously with the filling.
3) Place a slice of prosciutto on top of each one.
4) Top with the remaining bread slices, making 4 sandwiches.
5) In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and hot sauce.
6) Dip each sandwich in the batter, turning to coat both sides. Allow each side to soak up some of the batter. Do not soak too long or the sandwich will fall apart when you lift them.
7) In a large skillet, heat a little butter and vegetable oil. When it's hot, lay one or two sandwiches in the skillet. Cook on each side until they turn a rich brown color.
8) Repeat with the other sandwiches. Make sure to keep the first set of sandwiches warm while you make the rest.
9) Serve immediately, with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and with maple syrup on the side (optional).