Parmesan French Toast

Savoury french toast? YES YES YES! This is awesome – the crunchy golden cheesy crust is to die for!  And I kid you not, it takes just over 5 minutes to serve up this heaven on a plate…..truly, I timed it, it took 6 minutes! AND it’s a whole lot healthier than the traditional french toast dripping in syrup or drowning in butter (mind you, not that I have an issue with that….), because the parmesan adds so much flavour you can truly can eat it just as is, so it only has 330 calories. Amaaaazing.

French toast is best made with slightly stale bread, because that way it doesn’t soak up too much of the egg mixture (which can make it a soggy mess inside). I made this with plain old sandwich bread, but you can really use any bread you want – french stick, sourdough or brioche would be especially delicious. There’s a picture of it shown below made with french stick as well – though it does take longer than 5 minutes to make because there are more pieces.

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Savoury twist on the classic with a golden, cheesy crust, served up in just 5 minutes!Savoury twist on the classic with a golden, cheesy crusty, served up in just 5 minutes!

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Parmesan French Toast
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A savoury take on the classic french toast with a golden, cheesy crust, one the table in 5 minutes! And far less calories than the usual french toast, drowning in maple syrup or melting butter….
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
  • 4 slices slightly stale bread (see notes)
  • 3 large eggs (or 4 small eggs)
  • ½ cup milk (or cream)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  1. Place butter in large pan over high heat.
  2. Lightly whisk eggs, milk, parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. Dredge bread into egg mixture, shake off excess, then place into pan. If your pan is large enough, cook all 4 pieces at the same time.
  4. Scrape any remaining cheese at the bottom to the egg mixture bowl onto the bread in the pan (why waste it?).
  5. Cook each side until golden - 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Eat immediately, while warm!
1. I made this recipe with plain white sandwich bread, but you can make it with any bread you want - french stick, sourdough or brioche would especially be great.
2. Use slightly stale bread if you can, that way the bread does not absorb too much of the egg mixture (which can make it soggy on the inside).

Savoury twist on the classic with a golden, cheesy crust, served up in just 5 minutes!



    • Nagi | RecipeTin says

      Allie, you are being waaay too nice, my photos are light years away from your amazing photos. I know that! Honestly, I put your photos up there with Australian Gourmet Traveller. In fact, I sent them a little note about your blog :) Your recipes & photos are honestly of the calibre of a luxe magazine like that!

  1. says

    I’m not a fan of sweet French toast because of the egg taste and the soggy bread, but I think I would prefer this savory version! Thank you for sharing this recipe and gorgeous photos.

    • Nagi | RecipeTin says

      Thank YOU for stopping by with such a lovely comment! What a great way to start today! To be honest, I am not a huge fan of sweet french toast either, I’m just more of a savoury gal. And I just love cheese in any shape or form, so I’m glad I figured out a way to incorporate it into french toast!

    • Nagi | RecipeTin says

      I agree, always preferred it savoury to sweet! I don’t know why it took me so long to try it with cheese! One tip – don’t use soft or cheeses for melting, it just creates a huge mess in your pan!!

    • says

      The possibilities. Sprang into my head 1 .dip in marinara sauce or any red sauce 2. Make any number of sandwiches with it ,like a parm crusted monte cristo ,,I fry my french toasts in shallow hot oil,it really crisps up

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