Savoury French toast with mushrooms
Serves: 2 Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 15 minutes
• 3 eggs • 120ml milk • 25g finely grated parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve • 4 slices thick bread • 200-250 grams mushrooms, sliced (cup or portobello mushrooms work well) • Extra virgin olive oil, for frying • Snipped chives, to serve
Method 1. Preheat oven to about 50°C. You can keep the toast and mushrooms in there to stay warm while you prepare everything. 2. Whisk together eggs and milk, seasoning with a little salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a shallow dish so you can dip the bread in easily. Add in most of the parmesan cheese, reserving a little to sprinkle on the toast slices while they’re frying. 3. Heat a non-stick pan up to a moderate-to-low heat. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pan. Dip a slice of bread into the egg mixture, flipping it over so both sides are soaked. Let it sit for about 15 seconds on each side, to make sure the egg mixture is soaked in. Pick up the bread and let the excess drip off for a moment. There should be some parmesan stuck to the bread. Pop the bread into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until dark golden brown. While the bread is cooking, sprinkle over some of the remaining parmesan so you get a lovely extra bit of crisped-up parmesan on the outside. If the bread browns too quickly, reduce the stove temperature. 5. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining slices of bread, and keep the slices in the oven to stay warm while you’re cooking. 6. While the bread is cooking, take a second pan and add 2 tsp olive oil. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until softened. Towards the end of the cooking process, season with salt, pepper and chopped chives. 7. Once everything is ready, serve the French toast with the sliced mushrooms on top, and garnish with extra chives. Add extra parmesan, and a little drizzle of olive oil, if desired.