Savory French Toast Bites

Savory French Toast Bites

Savory French Toast Bites

For the Super Bowl this year I was charged with bringing a vegetarian appetizer to my friend Ariel’s party. Although I’m a proud meat-eater, I embraced her request and decided to have some fun with it, after all it is the biggest sport day of the year and not exactly a formal dinner.

The oh-so-fun-and-isn’t-it-cute appetizer I made was Savory French Toast Bites, adapted from Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeurves Handbook. The bites were perfect: a warm finger food that could also be enjoyed at room temperature and had a rich, savory flavor slightly reminiscent of pizza. Adding to my enjoyment was the other guests’ confusion when I told them it was French toast because these bites were nothing like the sweetened, dipped and fried bread enjoyed during brunch.

For starters, this version of French toast is baked and there is no sugar or sweetener involved. The savory ingredients consisted of roasted garlic, basil, tomato and Parmesan cheese – almost like a bread-pudding pizza. Finally, after baking I used a circle cutter to turn the French toast slices into bite-sized rounds, which made for a cute and appealing presentation that was just perfect for the Super Bowl.

And the best part was that there were plenty of yummy scraps leftover for the cook. Just sayin’.

Savory French Toast Bites

Savory French Toast Bites

Here’s the recipe:

Savory French Toast Bites, adapted from Martha Stewart’s Hors d’Oeuvres Handbook, makes 60 to 70 pieces

1 head garlic

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 large eggs

1 1/3 cup milk

1 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 medium (12-oz) loaf challah bread (or brioche), or approximately half a large loaf, cut into 1-inch thick slices

1 tomato, seeded and diced

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus a few leaves thinly sliced for garnish

Heat the oven to 350°F. Cut the top off the head of garlic, leaving the remainder intact. Drizzle the garlic with olive oil and wrap in foil, then place it in the oven. Roast the garlic until very fragrant, about 40 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then squeeze out the softened garlic and mash into a paste.

To make the French toast batter, begin by combining the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk, then whisk in the flour mixture until smooth. Stir in the Parmesan cheese which will make the batter lumpy.

If using challah bread, pre-cut the slices so they lay evenly in a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish, sort of like creating a jigsaw puzzle. Remove the bread and set aside. Coat the baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

One at a time, dip each piece of bread in the batter and turn over to coat both sides. Arrange the bread in the baking dish.

Stir the roasted garlic, diced tomato and chopped basil into the remaining batter and mix well. Spread the batter evenly over the French toast.

Bake the French toast uncovered at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Cool for 15 minutes, then use a 1-inch round cutter to portion the French toast into bite-sized rounds.

If making ahead, arrange the rounds snugly in a baking dish and chill. To reheat, bake at 250°F for 10 minutes.

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  • The Diva on a Diet posted: 08 Feb at 3:56 pm

    Spectacular recipe and presentation! I’m printing this one out for future use. YUM!

  • Michelle posted: 09 Feb at 2:27 am

    Those look really delicious. But it looks kind of hard to make, still looks yummy!

  • Tara posted: 09 Feb at 1:22 pm

    Wow, these look SO delish!! I just might have to try it out, except shovel the whole bread slice into my mouth in lieu of the dainty 1″ circles. mwahahaha!

    and how’s this for coincidence, the 2 words i need to type for recaptcha are ‘sin’ and ‘egged’! They must have read this post!

  • Jenna posted: 09 Feb at 7:46 pm

    These look so delicious
    and fun to make!
    I just love breakfast recipes:)
    Glad I saw this on tastespotting

  • ariel rose posted: 09 Feb at 8:23 pm

    Let me just say that it was my party and these were the best food Jackie has ever brought to my house formal or not. (after eating meals together for 20+ years) For sure I would recommend making these wonderful very cute bites again. Thank you for sharing this new concept.

  • Marq posted: 09 Feb at 10:11 pm

    Wow those look delicious I can almost smell the aroma just by looking at the photos! Although I’m gonna need a large round cutter than the 1-inch one to satisfy my hunger :P . Really good for parties :)

  • Faith posted: 10 Feb at 12:54 am

    Yummy appetizer. This looks like a macaroon and I really want to try it. It’s impressive how you presented this toast bites. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

  • Julia posted: 21 Apr at 2:59 pm

    Wow, these are amazing! Super simple, but they looks so elegant!

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  • Sharon Collins posted: 27 Oct at 9:39 am

    Pretty amazing! The recipe is very easy to follow and it really looks very delicious. I can use this recipe when we have a gathering in our house.

  • Annie posted: 18 Nov at 1:16 pm

    These were so great to make. I love the pictures. The best part was the “leftovers” from taking the circles with the cutter. I gave those to my boys so I would have something left to give to my guests!

    Thanks and keep more coming!

  • Peni Gardner posted: 10 Apr at 5:08 am

    I love how those toast bites looks and I would really love to taste them. I hope I can create a perfect copy of it too.

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