Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Denver French Toast



I'm always up for a good breakfast recipe. So when I scouted out my Epicurious App on my IPhone a couple of days ago and found a section called "Winter Breakfasts". So I went through the recipes and found a unlikely combination between a Denver Omelette and French toast. I can't believe I had never seen this recipe or even thought to make it. Although, the recipe was posted in 1998 a good deal before my nesting adventures. I haven't had a savory french toast that wasn't in bread pudding form so it was worth a try. 

The melted swiss cheese with the green, red and yellow peppers and onions were delicious. It was actually nice to have a savory french toast. For some reason it felt more substantial.  Either way it's another great breakfast recipe that I had to share.  


Denver French Toast (Bon Appetit 1998)

Ingredients
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons water
4 3/4-inch-thick slices sourdough bread (each about 4x3 inches)
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 large red, green or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup matchstick-size strips Black Forest ham (about 4 ounces)
4 large thin slices Swiss cheese, folded to match bread size
Directions:
Whisk eggs and 2 tablespoons water in pie dish to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Add bread; let stand 1 minute. Turn bread over; let stand until egg mixture is absorbed, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add ham; sauté until vegetables and ham are golden, about 3 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. 

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add bread and cook until brown and crusty on bottom, about 5 minutes. Using spatula, turn bread over. Top each bread slice with 1 cheese slice. Cook until bread is crusty on bottom and cheese melts, covering skillet briefly if necessary to melt cheese, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer toast to plates. Top with vegetable mixture and serve.

14 comments:

  1. Wow that looks good! Looks like it'd be a great dinner option, too.

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  2. ooo yum! That is some delicious looking french toast!

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  3. This savory french toast looks crazy good! I've got to give this a try sometime soon!

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  4. I've never had savoury french toast because the sweet stuff is so appealing but after seeing this photos, i think i'm gonna have to swtich things up a bit. thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh goodness gracious ... this is so good! Denver omelette meet French toast... brilliant!

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  6. I don't think I've ever seen french toast like this before! I usually go for the sweets, but I am really liking these savory toppings!

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  7. Looks fantastic! What makes it Denver...?

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  8. Mmm...looks scrumptious! And so beautiful, too! Who wouldn't want to nibble on that first thing? :-p

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  9. This looks GREAT! I'm a fan of the savory french toast option. My sister and I used to just add salt and some finely diced spring onions to the egg mixture before coating the bread and frying - and simply accompany it with some tomato sauce... BUT THIS LOOKS AMAZING! I think my boyfriend would really enjoy this on the weekend!

    Shari from www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com

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  10. breakfast is my fav meal, and I will definitely make this next weekend:)

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  11. [Gasp!] This is simply one of the best-looking dishes I have ever seen. Breakfast is my favorite meal and pancake-y/waffle-y/french toast-y things my favorite dishes. But I'd happily give up sweet for savory when it's as good as your Denver French Toast!

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  12. Oh my this looks great! My kind of savory breakfast.

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  13. A savory french toast....yum! I never actually thought to go savory.....possibly because I lean way to far to the sweet side. :)

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  14. As a Denver resident myself, I do enjoy a Denver omelette from time to time. And why not French toast too? Great idea.

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