Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato French Toast

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.

BLT BC2 Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato French Toast

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Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato French Toast
 
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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.
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 baguette, sliced into 1 inch thick slices
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup half and half or whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated gruyere or fontina cheese or a mixture of both
  • large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into 12 slices
  • 1½ 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!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 baguette slices

 

Comments

    • says

      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!!

  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

  4. Olivia says

    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

    • says

      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!

  5. says

    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!

    • says

      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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