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)

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
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.


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

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

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

  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!

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

  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!

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

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

  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

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

  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!

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

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

  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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