Savory French Toast Stuffed with Ham & Cheddar

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Savory French Toast Stuffed w/ Ham & Cheddar

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 - 2” slice of stuffed Challah bread

Ingredients

  • 2 C whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 loaf Challah bread, cut into 1- 1/2 inch slices
  • 8 oz Vermont extra sharp cheese cut into slices
  • 1/2 lb double smoked ham, sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp Canola oil
  • Fruited Maple Syrup
  • 1 C maple syrup
  • 1/4 C dried apricots
  • 1/4 C dried Cherries
  • 1/4 C dried blueberries
  • * or any combination of dried fruit you prefer

Instructions

  1. If time allows, slice bread and create pocket in each slice the day before making French toast. Slightly stale bread will hold it’s shape much better, even when moist from egg batter.
  2. Before stuffing the bread lightly saute the smoked ham on buttered griddle until very fragrent. This is not a necessary step but one that will bring out more of the “smokey” ham flavor.
  3. In a medium bowl beat milk and eggs very well with a good pinch of salt.
  4. Strain egg mixture into a 9X13 dish
  5. When ham is cool “stuff” each bread pocket with a cheese & ham combo, being sure to evenly distribute both ingredients
  6. Now place stuffed Challah into egg mixture.
  7. Allow bread to soak in egg mixture no more than 5 minutes, being sure to soak both sides of bread
  8. Cooking French Toast
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  10. Heat a nonstick griddle and grease with a butter/Canola oil combination
  11. Once griddle is hot place stuffed Challah onto griddle and lower heat to medium
  12. Allow Challah to cook, about 5 -8 minutes on each side until lightly golden
  13. Place toasted Challah on parchment lined baking sheet and place in preheated oven while making maple syrup mixture, no more than 10 minutes.
  14. Fruit Maple Syrup
  15. In small saucepan combine maple syrup and dried fruit
  16. Heat mixture over low heat until heated through
  17. Off heat and cover pan, allowing dried fruit to rehydrate until ready to serve
  18. Serving
  19. Place stuffed French toast on warmed plates and serve with Fruited Maple Syrup.
  20. Be ready to see some very satisfying faces:)
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