Savory Stuffed French Toast -- A healthy vegetarian savory french toast recipe made with sourdough bread, red pepper hummus, feta cheese, and sautéed spinach drizzled with a balsamic syrup. A meal fit for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!
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This post was originally published in 2018, but has since been updated.
I clearly remember having french toast as a kid far more than pancakes or waffles. I don't think they were ever stuffed with hummus or drizzled with balsamic, but it was a breakfast staple in the Cooper home.
What makes this recipe delicious & healthy
- sourdough bread
- olive oil
- baby spinach
- Sabra roasted red pepper hummus
- feta cheese
- roasted red peppers
- balsamic vinegar
- maple syrup
- corn starch
How to make this Savory French Toast Recipe
Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat. Add ½ teaspoon of olive oil to the pan, as well as 1 minced clove of garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add 2 cups of fresh baby spinach to the pan, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat, and set aside.
Spread two slices of sourdough bread with 2 tablespoons of Sabra roasted red pepper hummus each. Top each with a tablespoon of crumbed feta cheese, and 2 tablespoons of roasted red pepper strips. Divide the cooked spinach evenly between slices of bread. Top each slice with another slice of sourdough bread, pressing firmly down to help the sandwich hold together.
Heat the skillet over medium heat, and coat with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with ¼ teaspoon pepper. Dip both sides of each sandwich into the egg mixture, and add to preheated pan. Cook each side for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally and serve on plates.
For the balsamic drizzle, heat a small saucepan to medium-low heat, and add ½ cup balsamic vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Whisk together 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch with 1 ½ tablespoons of water, and set aside. When the balsamic starts to bubble, reduce heat to low, and add cornstarch mixture, whisking continuously until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat, and drizzle over french toast.
- Adding cornstarch to the balsamic means you can use less vinegar (and save money) and not have to cook it down as much to thicken.
- Switch up the hummus for a different flavor profile. My favorites are garlic and sun-dried tomato.
- Pressing the sandwiches together firmly before cooking helps them stay together better, and keeps the filling from falling out.
Can you freeze this french toast?
Since is is filled, I would not suggest freezing, as the texture can be altered, and could end up very soggy when thawed.
How do you keep the stuffed french toast from falling apart?
First, don't overfill it. The heavier and more filling there is, the harder it will be to keep it together and flip. Next, press the sandwich firmly together before dipping into the egg. Keep it as close to the pan as possible so there is only a small distance you have to transfer it.
Money-Saving Tips for this Savory French Toast Recipe:
- Buy in bulk. Purchasing bigger sizes of hummus or blocks of cheese can be more cost-effective (if you will use leftovers) than smaller sizes.
- Use store brands. Utilizing store brands for basic items like spices, vinegar, and oil can be less expensive than name brand without sacrificing flavor or quality.
- Buy day old. Bread that is a little stale makes for great french toast. Purchase day old bread to both save money & make a better brunch.
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