Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato French Toast

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By Nancy Buchanan

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12/10/2011

by Nancy Buchanan on October 12, 2011

What’s your favorite sandwich??

For me, it’s got to be a good BLT – thick, applewood smoked or pepper bacon, REAL mayonnaise, crisp lettuce and of course, a luscious tomato.

And then of course, there is the bread.

And that is what this post is focusing on with this sandwich… the bread.. or a version of it at least, french toast to be exact.

Uh huh… you read that right, f-r-e-n-c-h t-o-a-s-t. But not the sweet, maple syrup drenched version but a savory version.

I have no idea where this idea came from, but I had a pan out and eggs cracking almost as fast as this idea crossed my mind.

And it tastes just as good as it sounds. Now, I’d be the first to argue that with the BLT, the bread is not the star of the show.. at best it’s a great supporting actor – and that holds true for this sandwich as well. But what a supporting actor!!! Crispy, chewy, eggy, creamy… it all works beautifully with bacon, lettuce and tomato.

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Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato French Toast

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

55 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 2 baguette slices

If your tomatoes are small, use 3 or 4. I did not spread the baguette slices with mayonnaise but this would be a wonderful addition! These open faced sandwiches are great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, sliced into 1 inch thick slices
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup half and half or whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated gruyere or fontina cheese or a mixture of both
  • large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into 12 slices
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs and the half and half or milk. Beat together until eggs are thoroughly incorporated. Season with salt, pepper and the nutmeg. Add the cheeses and mix.
  2. Add the baguette slices and turn to coat. Let sit for 30 minutes or overnight.
  3. Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss the arugula with the olive oil and drizzle with the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. In a large saute pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  6. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. of the bacon fat. Heat the pan over medium high heat. Add several of the baguette slices and cook until browned and crisp on the bottom (don't crowd the pan) Flip the slices over and cook on the other side until golden brown. Remove baguette slices and place on the sheet pan and put into the oven to stay warm until all the baguette slices have been cooked.
  7. Continue cooking the remaining baguette slices until they are all cooked.
  8. Remove pan from the oven and place two baguette slices on each of 6 plates. Top with a tomato slice, 1 slice of bacon and a small mound of the arugula. Serve!
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Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup October 13, 2011 at 5:38 am

Your photos are gorgeous.

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Nancy October 13, 2011 at 8:26 am

Hi Lindsay!!
Thank you so much – I love the photography aspect and so I’ve been working to improve mine… it’s fun to go back and see how i’ve progressed!!

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme October 13, 2011 at 6:04 am

What a lovely option for a BLT, one of my all -time favorite sandwiches as well. There’s just something about that salty, crispy bacon combined with a perfectly ripe tomato – the taste combination just can’t be beat! I enjoy making a savory French toast for lunch on occasion. Usually serve it with a spoonful of homemade tomato jam.

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Nancy October 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

Home made tomato jam?? Oh my – that sounds delicious and paired with a savory french toast?? YUM!!!

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Mary Ann October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

My mouth is watering again….who wouldn’t love this? Thanks…so creative.

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Nancy October 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Great idea…for breakfast or for dinner. Or for lunch. Or for me. Can you tell I’m hungry and want one right now?

Lovely photos.

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sippitysup October 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm

En francasi, mai oui… Je veux ceci pour le déjeuner, de petit déjeuner et le dîner! GREG

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Jamie October 14, 2011 at 4:11 am

Ha Ha Ha t’es adorable, mon petit Greg!

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sippitysup October 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm

“En francais” Dern typos… GREG

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Jamie October 14, 2011 at 4:11 am

Wow does this sound fabulous! What a brilliant idea to Frenchify :-) the baguette! Perfect and I can just taste the combo. I love a great BLT but this bread really does blow it away!

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Lora @cakeduchess October 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

My favorite sandwich is a piadina that I get in Rimini in the summertime. It has rucola, a local soft cheese…it is out of this world! I never had a French toast BLT. I bet it’s wonderful:) Your photos are gorgeous!

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Valentina October 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

What an delicious combination! LOVE it!

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Diane {Created by Diane} October 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

looks FANTASTIC!!! What a great idea.

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Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves October 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I’ve never had savory french toast. You’ve got me sold with your lovely pictures & description!

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Kelly Senyei October 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

Who knew savory French toast could be such a hit – I love it! Thanks so much for opening my eyes to the non syrup-soaked version of one of my favorite foods :)

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I hope you enjoy these – they def. are a nice break from the syrup soaked version!!

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Tickled Red October 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! BLT’s are one of my all time favorites.

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Nancy October 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Me too… but then, anything with bacon gets my vote!!!

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Olivia November 11, 2011 at 9:34 am

I LOVE savory French Toast, my last boyfriend looked at me like an alien when I first made it for him, I was struck with the idea one morning when I was craving french toast and savory at the same time and I’ve hardly gone back since… The BLT twist is a FANTASTIC idea

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Nancy November 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

LOL!! Gald to know that I am not alone since my family had pretty much the same reaction – until they ate it!! Hope you enjoy the BLT twist!

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Anna November 12, 2011 at 2:42 am

Definitely! BLT! In fact, if I go to a restaurant for the first time and I want to gauge the cooking, I order BLT. It is safe, and reliable. I love this dish, gives our ultmate fave sandwich a new twist. Great post!

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Nancy November 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hi Anna! Thanks! I agree with you on ordering BLT’s – you can always tell a good restaurant from a not so good one from the quality of their BLT!

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Connie Homola April 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

This sounds so good and I’m going to make it soon.

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