I am not sure if a lot of people are aware of savory French toast. I grew up with it, my Mom used to make it for dinner all the time. There was a street vendor near our house who sold the same thing but took it to a different level! He added onions, cilantro and lots of Serrano chili. Over the years it was my brother who replicated the dish at home. Recently I asked him how to make it. Today since it was snowing, my husband remembered the dish – it’s definitely a comfort food- and we made it.
The original dish is made with white bread, I wanted to be healthy and used whole-wheat instead. It also tastes great if you add grated cheese in the egg mixture.
Growing up we used to have the savory French toast with ketchup. Recently I have discovered a jar of tomato chutney sold at Trader Joes, which goes perfectly with this dish.
We really enjoyed the French toast with a hot cup of Masala Coffee – you wonder what that is? Well I will have to divulge that another day!
- 4 pieces sliced bread
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup green onions, chopped
- 1 serrano chili, chopped
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons water
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
In a wide, shallow plate add the eggs, salt, cayenne pepper and the water. Beat until everything is mixed well. Add cilantro and mix. Keep aside.
Heat a large non-stick pan and add one teaspoon oil. Add half cup of the green onions, serrano chili and sauté on medium heat for about a minute. (Work with 2 slices at one time) Take each slice and dip in the egg mixture and place on top of the cooking green onions and serrano chili. Cook for at least 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Flip both the slices to cook the other sides for another 4-5 minutes. Once both sides are cooked well, place one slice on top of the other (like a grilled cheese sandwich). Cut in half and serve.
Follow the same steps with the other two slices with the left over green onion and egg mixture.