Gruyère Stuffed French Toast with Sautéed Mushrooms

My friend and I are doing a cooking challenge, we each picked 2 recipes to try out for the week, and we agreed to send a picture of the finished product to one another. This recipe was chosen by my friend from Food52. I followed the recipe pretty closely, right down to the copious amounts of butter used to fry the stuffed French toast. This made for a rich and delightfully savory lunch, although the stuffed French toast was good, my favourite part was definitely the mushrooms!

Gruyère Stuffed French Toast with Sautéed Mushrooms
Gruyère Stuffed French Toast with Sautéed Mushrooms

First, find yourself some Gruyere cheese. Can’t find it? Substitute with Comte, Beaufort, or a Swiss Cheese. 
Gruyere Cheese, a hard cheese from Switzerland
Gruyere cheese, a cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland 

The original recipe called for unsliced challah bread, which unfortunately I could not find. So I substituted a thickly sliced, fluffy (not dense) sliced whole wheat bread.

Thinly slice Gruyère cheese and lay across a slice of bread,
cover with a second piece of bread 

And voila! More grilled cheese sandwich than French toast at this point, but don’t worry, it will be miraculously transformed in just a minute! Set the sandwich aside for now while you prepare the sautéed mushrooms.

Saute garlic and crimini mushrooms in butter and oil
Sauté garlic and crimini mushrooms in butter and oil
be sure to use a pan that’s hot enough to allow mushrooms to brown , not steam! 

Add thyme, salt and pepper to crimini mushrooms
Add thyme, salt and pepper, cook until golden brown
check for seasoning and remove from pan 

 While your mushrooms are cooking, this is an excellent time to prepare the coating for your French toast.

Beat 1 large egg with 1/4 cup of milk, add salt and pepper to taste
Beat 1 large egg with 1/4 cup of milk, add salt and pepper to taste

Dip one side of sandwich into the egg mixture
Dip one side of sandwich into the egg mixture, allow the
bread to soak up some of the coating 

Flip over and allow the other side to absorb some of the coating as well
Flip over and allow the other side to absorb some of the coating as well 

Fry in butter over medium-low heat, approx. 3-4 min per side
until both sides are deep golden brown and the cheese is melted

If your mushrooms have finished cooking before the stuffed French toast is ready, simply leave them in a warm place (near the stove works) until everything is ready.

Gruyère Stuffed French Toast with Sautéed Mushrooms

Gruyère Stuffed French Toast with Sautéed Mushrooms
Serves: 1 
Ingredients 
  • 2 thick slices whole wheat bread 
  • ~60 g Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced 
  • 1 tsp butter, plus more for frying French toast 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 8 crimini mushrooms, sliced 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 3-4 sprigs thyme, leaves only, minced (~2 tsp) 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
Method 
  1. Sandwich thinly sliced cheese between two slices of bread, set aside 
  2. In a pan over high heat, add 1 tsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil. Add sliced mushrooms and minced garlic, sauté until mushrooms are golden brown. There should be very little liquid released from the mushrooms. Be careful and do not let the garlic or mushrooms burn. 
  3. To the mushrooms, add minced thyme, season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes more before removing from the pan and holding in a warm place 
  4. In a large, shallow dish, beat together egg and milk, along with a pinch of salt and pepper 
  5. Dip both sides of the sandwich into the egg mixture, approx. 10-15 seconds per side 
  6. In a separate pan over medium-low heat, add enough butter to coat the bottom, gently slide in the stuffed French toast, cook for 3-4 minutes until the bread is a deep golden brown, flip and repeat on other side 
  7. Serve with sautéed mushrooms 
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