These savory French toast recipes are a must-try, even if you prefer the traditional rendition with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
How can you make French toast savory?
What if sweet is not the flavor you’re after in the morning? Well, French toast lends itself to savory twists. Add spices, veggies, meats, cheeses, or eggs both fried and poached.
The following collection of recipes proves that there are plenty of ways to turn sweet French toast savory.
The easiest way to go savory with your French toast is swapping out the traditional sweet-favoring spices in the egg batter.
Push aside ground cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and the like. Instead, reach for fresh parsley, thyme, and garlic powder, plus salt and pepper (of course). But you’re always welcome to mix and match for flavor. The toppings are up to you!
When going savory, go all the way by absolutely drenching that sucker in mushroom sauce.
The egg batter in this gorgeous recipe has a mustard kick to it, and the sauce packs in wine, crème fraîche, and mushrooms for a super-flavorsome effect.
Gourmet grilled cheese and burgers may be the au courant sandwiches to get the French toast treatment. But the humble ham, turkey, and cheese sandwich have been in the game since the 1950s.
Fully dipped in egg batter and then pan-fried in butter (or better yet, deep-fried), this is called a Monte Cristo and it’s fabulous.
This is the ultimate retro-chic savory French toast sandwich.
French toast and bacon are no strangers on the plate.
Most often, the fatty, crunchy strips are the opposites-attract side piece — the salty to French toast’s sweet. Less traditionally, that combo appears as a bacon-stuffed or a bacon crumble-topped variation.
This rendition, however, reassigns French toast and bacon from breakfast to lunch duty by using a savory Parmesan-and-chive-flavored toast as the bread base for a classic BLT sandwich.
If you’re looking to introduce veggies to your French toast, stop your search at mushrooms.
This recipe calls on umami-rich shiitakes (deglazed in mirin and fish sauce for amplified effect) to create the meaty meat-free stuffing. But, really, any combination of wild mushrooms will do the trick.
This avocado toast-French toast mash-up is the stuff of savory breakfast dreams. Keep the avocado filing simple, minimally seasoning it with salt and pepper. Or, dress it up with your favorite go-to flavorings, like garlic, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
The soft texture of the avocado mash stuffing is dynamite against the crisp exterior of the egg-soaked bread.
Turns out the everything bagel really can do everything.
Here, it proves its versatility by replacing the more traditional brioche or pain perdu as the base for an egg, sausage, and cheese bagel sandwich — French toast style.
Feel like bucking tradition and giving the old bagel a break?
This recipe proves that its faithful partners, smoked salmon and dill crème fraîche, are just as happy schmeared and draped over a crisp, buttery piece of plain French toast.
Eggs often partner with French toast, served either on the side or right on top of the stack. But, sometimes, it’s best for them to get directly in on the action, as this toad-in-the-hole take proves.
You can make Disney’s Banana-Stuffed Tonga Toast in the comfort of your own home.