These Savory French Toasts Are Enough to Wake You Up, Then Put You Right Back to Sleep

French toast is a great option for a sweet breakfast that actually feels like breakfast. And while we’re not hating on the vanilla-y, cinnamon-y goodness of the traditional version, we can’t help but re-imagine it into something savory.

Our savory recipe might just be on the opposite end of the spectrum as far as French toasts go. It has a hint of spice from cayenne pepper, and saltiness from the cheese. You can add any spices or flavorings you prefer to taste. But we recommend using mozzarella or cheddar; something that melts but also crisps up.

Here’s a toast.

Speaking of cheese—this one’s not skimping in that department. It has enough to put you right back to sleep for a mid-morning nap; so heed our warning: you should probably make this on an unproductive day.

To make the best French toast, allow your bread to really swim in the batter. Let it completely absorb the liquid (instead of dipping it quickly). This way, the toast becomes soft all the way through.

Savory French Toast



Serving Size

2 people

Active Time

30 mins

Total Time

30 mins

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, cayenne, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl/dish.
  2. Soak the bread in the mixture, flipping to evenly coat, until all of the mixture has been soaked up by the bread.
  3. While bread is soaking, heat a pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the cheese in two parts in an even layer, mimicking the shape of your bread.
  5. Add the slices of tomato over the cheese.
  6. Add the soaked pieces of bread over the cheese.
  7. Slowly cook until the cheese begins to melt and brown and form a crust.
  8. Once a golden crust has formed, flip the french toast and cook until the other side is golden brown.
  9. Serve immediately.

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