Savory Herb French Toast
This weekend, I flew home to celebrate my Mom’s birthday with my family. More and more, I am cherishing opportunities like this to get off campus. I am so ecstatic to see where life takes me post college and I definitely feel a bit confined when I am at school for too long. So flying up to the Bay for a few days was a welcomed retreat, to say at the least!
In past years, my Dad and I have tended to go above and beyond to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. Since it’s just the three of us (and my dog- Hi Kumpel!), we are a pretty close family, meaning birthdays are a big deal. For my Mom’s birthday, we’ve had cooking lessons, surprise parties, trips to Tahoe… this year we had been planning on going to Carmel with her college roommates and some family. Unfortunately, there was a huge storm and their flights from the east coast were all cancelled, meaning no visitors and no Carmel. Thankfully, my Mom wasn’t upset- she obviously wanted to see her loved ones, but she also was content with having a relaxing birthday at home for once!
But because I didn’t want the day to be boring, I figured I would make her breakfast. However, her favorite breakfast is her egg toast, and since I couldn’t just serve her that because she somehow makes it ten times better than I do and because she came up with the dish all on her own (still may or may not be bitter about this… it will probably go down in history as the best recipe on this blog), I thought of how I could put a #StraighttotheButze twist on the dish… I began to think of all the ingredients: bread, herbs de Provence, eggs, salt, pepper, oil… could I make a savory French toast?
I immediately loved this idea. Instead of making an egg in a hole, I would scramble the egg with the herbs to coat a delicious piece of bread that I would then cook on the stove. She would love it! And it was my own idea ;)
Needless to say, the breakfast was a hit. I even made a fried egg for my own plate and put it on top of the stack- what can I say? I’m a sucker for a good yolk.
Would you make this for your loved ones? What are your favorite dishes to cook for them?
Makes 4 pieces of Savory French Toast
- 4 medium slices of seeded, rustic bread (I used sourdough with a polenta coating- yum)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbs herbs de provence
- ¼ tsp freshly ground sea salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
- EVOO (for pan)
- Fried egg
- Roasted cherry or grape tomatoes
- Sautéed Spinach
Heat a dash of oil over a pan on medium heat. As the oil is heating, whisk an egg in a flatter bowl and then add in almond milk, herbs, salt, and pepper. Once whisked, coat both sides of the bread in the mixture and then place on the pan. If desired, add more herbs to the side facing upwards. Once the bottom side can remove cleanly and is golden brown and crispy, flip (about 2-3 minutes).
Top with your favorite savory toppings: a fried egg, some crispy bacon… you name it! Now, dig in!