The biggest dilemma I have when eating breakfast is choosing between a savory or sweet dish. Do I want waffles or eggs? French toast or eggs benedict? Pancakes or smoked salmon? Well today, I said no more! I am having my french toast and eggs and no one is going to stop me. By combining some of my breakfast favorites, I put together my first savory french toast dish: cheese brioche french toast a smoky paprika fried egg. The result? De-licious! You might be hesitant to try this combination, but trust me, you really can't go wrong!
Cheese Brioche French Toast
Cheese brioche french toast
- 1 cup milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup shredded cheddar
- 8 thick slices brioche bread
- 2 tablespoon butter divided
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 4 large eggs
- Whisk together milk, eggs, garlic powder, and shredded cheese. Dunk each slice of bread into the milk mixture, making sure to coat both sides.
- Heat griddle or nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and swirl around the pan to coat the bottom. Place the bread on the pan and cook on both sides until the golden brown, about 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining bread.
- Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add 1 teaspoon paprika and crack the eggs into the pan. Cook until desired degree of doneness.
- Serve french toast with fried eggs, spooning the paprika oil on top.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
These french toasts are as easy at 1-2-3. The only difference is the addition of cheese and garlic powder in the batter, making the toast savory and not sweet.
The secret to a great cheese french toast is in the heat. Make sure to keep the heat on medium-low to ensure that the cheese creates a crispy exterior without burning the bread. It also doesn't hurt to have some butter in the pan - butter makes everything better in my book. If you have extra cheese floating in the batter after you've dunked the bread, go ahead and spread that on the bread while it's cooking.
Now, you can serve these lovely cheese brioche french toast as-is - no butter or syrup needed. But if you want to take the extra step, top it with a fried egg. I went the extra step and added paprika to the oil, giving the eggs a little kick.
Give me a stack of these cheese brioche french toast and I will be singing tunes the rest of the day! You can even serve this with syrup for a sweet and salty combination. I think it's time for a nap now...
For more breakfast inspiration check out this southwestern hash with chimichurri eggs and key lime hollandaise!