Parmesan French Toast with Caramelized Onions

Lately, there has been quite a proliferation of breakfast options on this blog. With some rare exceptions and the typical eggs and toast, most of my breakfasts consist of sweet options – oatmeal, cereal and pancakes. I woke one more morning wanting savory French toast, and I was determined to make it happen.

And, I did.

Starting with a wonderful loaf of going-stale bakery bread, I put together a recipe that I know will make its way into my breakfast repertoire on special occasions. When, I have a breakfast/brunch menu consisting of the usual sweet options (scones, muffins, fruit etc.), I plan on using this recipe to balance and offer guests a surprising and delightful twist on a classic.

I also paired this with perfectly caramelized onions. I also thought about poaching an egg on top, but stuck to the onions. There are quite a bit of options here.

Parmesan French Toast
– Serves 4

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 8 (1/2 inch) slices of going-stale (about 2 day old) brioche or country bakery-style bread.

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the half and half, eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper.
  2. Soak the slices until fully absorbed. Take your time with this. You want the bread to be soaked.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Once the pan is hot, cook the bread on each side until golden brown.
  5. Serve warm with caramelized onions (recipe to follow).

Caramelized Onions

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 2 large yellow or white onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar

Directions:

  1. Using a thick-bottomed pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir occasionally to keep the onions from burning.
  3. After the onions have become a bit translucent, add the salt and sugar.
  4. Cook over medium heat until it’s caramelized.
  5. Watch your stove and the heat. If the onions are browning too fast, reduce the heat a bit.
  6. This process takes about 30 minutes. Do not rush it as it is completely worth the effort.
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7 Comments

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7 responses to “Parmesan French Toast with Caramelized Onions

  1. OOOOH this sounds amazing. I love savory french toast… been way too long since I’ve enjoyed.

  2. Savory french toast–what a great idea! Now I just need to have the patience to caramelize a whack of onions before I have my coffee…

  3. What a great combination of flavors! Sounds delish ๐Ÿ™‚

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