Savory Waffled French Toast Stuffed with & Bacon Brie

April 26, 2009 · 18 comments

in breakfast/brunch,burgers/sandwiches

If someone had told me that starting a blog could lead to free food–free cheese, even–I would have started one earlier.

When I was contacted by Ile de France to receive another installment of cheese, I couldn’t resist. The other two cheeses I’ve tried from them–camembert and goat–were both delicious. I opted for the brie this time around, so I could try another type. Truth be told, I am not the world’s biggest brie fan. I like it well enough, but it wouldn’t crack my top 10 favorite cheese list or anything like that.

Still, I wanted to give it another go. Most of the time, I find brie paired with apples, or with jam en croute. I did consider a honey/brie/walnut French toast originally, but I wanted to do something a little different and a little more savory. I kept the French toast idea in my head, though, and when my husband came back from the butcher with a pound of their awesome, thick-sliced bacon, I knew I had my French toast stuffing.

I decided to make these in a waffle iron because…well, for one, I thought it would look a little cooler, but also because I’m getting a bit sick of lighting my stove with a match. Yep, range is still not working. Apparently we have a faulty part that needs to be ordered before we can schedule another maintenance appointment and it could take up to another month.  I’m pretty good with stovetop meals but I gotta say–I’m getting a little sick of not having a working oven.

These were very tasty. Sort of like a mix between a bacon panini, a croque monsieur and a monte cristo. You can never really go wrong with bacon or cheese in my book. I loved the brie with this.  It was a great way to enjoy the cheese, different from your standard baked brie.

This would be a great brunch dish. I’m not sure how to tag it, so I guess I’ll go with both sandwiches and breakfast. :)

Savory Waffled French Toast Stuffed with Bacon and Brie

Serves 2
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4 thick slices of bacon, cut into a few pieces each
4 slices day-old sourdough bread
4ish slices of brie
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk or half and half
2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme
freshly ground pepper

Preheat your waffle iron or griddle.  Cook and drain the bacon and for extra deliciousness/fattiness, reserve a little bit of the fat to brush onto the waffle iron.

Make two sandwiches with the sourdough bread, using the bacon and the brie. In a baking dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, parmesan, thyme and pepper. Place the sandwiches into the dish and let them soak for a minute or two. Flip and let them soak another couple minutes.

Grease the waffle iron or griddle with a little oil, butter, or bacon grease. Place the sandwiches on the iron, close, and cook until golden brown (or, if using a griddle, just cook for a couple minutes per side, or until golden).

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Peter G April 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Ooh! I think I just had a mild heart attack…great experimenting Elly! Love this whole concept. Delicious!


Liz April 26, 2009 at 9:38 pm

So weird, but I just had something like this at brunch this morning! It was French toast made of sliced baguette, stuffed with brie, and topped with sliced strawberries and real whipped cream… maple syrup with walnuts on the side… loved it :) I will have to try this!


Angie April 26, 2009 at 9:55 pm

If you want to venture to the south side, you can use my oven. Just bring some of those waffles and we’ll call it even. Oh, and if you plan on visiting the south siiiiiiiiiiiide, bring your passport and flack jacket. We’re fiesty down here!


brannyboilsover April 27, 2009 at 5:36 am

What a great idea! Who knew that having faulty kitchen equipment could lead to such interesting meals.

For what it’s worth, I always light my range with a fire-starter (no matches, though). I’m just too lazy to line up the eyes with the pilot flame holes after I clean under the range.


joan nova April 27, 2009 at 6:57 am

You just made my mouth water. You’re right that is a great brunch item and has opened my mind to a few ideas for other savory waffle combinations.


Bellini Valli April 27, 2009 at 7:25 am

Woah. Now this is an amazing combination Elly. I would never have thought of savory waffles…what a concept!!


nina April 27, 2009 at 10:16 am

I agree with Peter, I think my heart just went into cardiac arrest!!!! Looks awesome, Elly!!!


joelen April 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Looks fantastic! There was a brunch place that offers something like this – french toasted pressed in a waffle iron and stuffed… I think it was Stanley’s on Lincoln?! I thought it was a fabulous idea!


Colleen April 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm

WOW – what an amazing combination! I don’t eat French toast often because I tend to like savory stuff better, but THIS looks perfect!


Cara April 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm

That’s pretty darn cool. I have a waffle iron I NEVER use. Maybe I will need to try this!


Juliana April 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Such a great idea for breakfast…looks so yummie! I’ll have to try.


Kerstin April 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Oh wow, it looks AMAZING! I can never decide between sweet or savory dishes when I go to brunch, and love how you get the best of both worlds with this dish! Yay for free brie :) I hope your oven is fixed soon!


giz April 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Now that’s creative and a great twist for breakfast.


truenorth67 April 28, 2009 at 5:27 am

Yum…there’s the money-shot…gotta see that tasty filling.

Also, I’m waiting for my Ile De France sample…are you tossing some my way?


themilkmanswife April 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Wow!! This looks amazing. I hope your oven gets fixed soon!! That’s no fun!


ttfn300 April 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm

oh my gosh, this is too creative!!


Ivy April 30, 2009 at 2:57 am

I have to get my waffle iron out. I haven’t used it for ages. Wow, this sounds delicious.


maria April 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

Okay, I don’t even know where to begin … Brie? Bacon? Waffles? The best dish I’ve seen in a long while, no exaggeration!


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