August 26, 2015

Cheesy Mozzarella French Toast with Honey

This is recipe #3 in the #TABASCO10 third annual 10 Ingredient Challenge - creating 5 different recipes in 5 days with the following 10 ingredients: TABASCO® Original Red, Green JalapeƱo or Chipotle Sauce, Chicken, Eggs, Mozzarella, Fennel Bulb, Zucchini , Rice (Brown, Basmati, Jasmine or Wild), Rigatoni, Ciabatta, and Honey (Salt, pepper, oil are 'free' ingredients).

A few weeks ago I was testing a recipe for a caramelized cinnamon apple French toast casserole (recipe to be shared soon), and then, with the leftover brioche, I experimented with a few other combinations, one of which is a recreation from School in Toronto, my favorite brunch spot. The recreation begins with the tastiest brioche you can find. Then you dip it in Rice Krispies,  fry it in brown sugar butter, sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar, and drizzle with orange flavored maple syrup. I know right? incredible. Every Christmas I go back to Toronto to visit family, I always make at least a trip to this spot, and now that I think about it, I probably should be sharing a recipe for this Rice Krispie French toast, shouldn't I?

While I'm on the subject of French toast, for my third recipe challenge I chose to make a slightly spicy, slightly cheesy, savory French toast with a side of honey. If you've never tried a savory French toast with some sort of cheese, you must. The combination of salty cheesy toast with a sweet syrup is one of the best things I've ever eaten. Ciabatta is a perfect medium for the French toast, being an airy sponging bread that soaks up liquid easily. My favorite part of the cheesy French toast is when the beautiful Maillard reaction happens and you are left with that crispy perfect cheesy flavor that can only be created with the perfect amount of heat. Hip hip for cheese and bread!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to check out recipe #4, and if you want to check out what other bloggers have created during the challenge, you can follow the hashtag #TABASCO10.

Thanks to the folks over at TABASCO for sponsoring this post.

serves 2
prep time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 8 minutes

1 tbsp canola oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp TABASCO® Original Red
dash of salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated mozzarella
6 slices ciabatta bread
1/4 cup honey
Heat a large frying pan with oil.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the Tabasco sauce, salt, pepper, and grated mozzarella. Coat the bread with the egg mixture.

Place the bread into the frying pan and fry on each side until crispy.

Serve with a side of honey.


  1. This is about to become my new best friend. I can feel it.

  2. A definite "YES" on the Rice Krispie French Toast and this looks phenomenal too! Pinning to Pinterest right now and can't wait to make this for my hubby - he will LOVE it:)

  3. Haha I was wondering if someone doing this challenge would do a french toast, but wasn't sure how it would go without milk - yours looks amazing though and I love the idea of a savoury twist! Lovely photos too - the lighting is perfect.

  4. Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely incredible, Heather! I'm so with you, syrup with salty, cheesy toast is sheer euphoria, and honey sounds even better, especially with that touch of heat! This is amazing.

  5. I love honey just because I have to drink honey every morning as the medicine for my stomach. It will be wonderful if I can add hot honey to my daily meals. To me, this recipe will work well. But I'm wondering as I don't eat cheese now matter how much cheese can be added to the food. No cheese can reduce the flavor of the food, I think so.

  6. i can not refuse honey....that is so sweet. I will make this cheesy toast for lunch, perfect dishes for children...Love it!

  7. Nice post. Thanks alot for sharing