Stuffed French Toast with Gruyere, Mustard Greens and Double-Smoked Bacon

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Few dashes hot sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slices double-smoked bacon
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound mustard greens, ribs removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Eight 1/2-inch slices sourdough or pain de mie bread
  • 8 slices Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Directions
  • Whisk together the creme fraiche, mustard and hot sauce in a small bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Set a medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, turning once, about 8 minutes. Drain on a paper-towel-lined plate, and then cut the slices into thirds.

  • Add the red onions to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and starting to caramelize, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the mustard greens, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until just starting to wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, and then transfer the greens to a bowl.

  • Whisk together the eggs, egg yolk and half-and-half in a baking dish until smooth. Add the Parmesan and some salt and pepper; whisk until combined.

  • Spread the bread slices with some of the creme fraiche mixture, and top with a slice of Gruyere. Top half of the slices with 3 or 4 pieces of bacon and a little mound of greens. Turn the remaining slices, cheese-side down, on top of the greens and press down to make sandwiches.

  • Working in batches of two, soak the sandwiches in the egg mixture on both sides until just soaked, about 2 minutes per side.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. (If you have a skillet large enough to cook all four sandwiches at once, add all of the oil and butter now.) Add two sandwiches to the skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low, and fry until crisp, golden and cooked through on both sides, about 5 minutes per side--cover the pan if needed to help the cheese melt, and adjust the heat to prevent the French toast from burning. Repeat with the remaining oil, butter and sandwiches.

  • Halve the cooked sandwiches on the diagonal and serve hot.


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