A wise person once said, ” The child is the father of man”. I’d like to agree. Most of the things we learn or do as kids tend to stay back with us as adults. At times, even going so far as to shaping us to be the persons we are. For me, one such experience is not skipping breakfast. As far as I can remember even as a kid, I never skipped breakfast. A practice that continues till date. The good thing about breakfast was it had a lot of variety and that made it exciting; so while lunch and dinner were the usual rice, fish curry and stuff, breakfast was more gregarious. So on one day we’d have chapattis, on an other day it would be south Indian like dosas, idlis or upmas, at times even chicken or mutton puffs from the neighbourhood bakery at Bandra.
On a personal front, I always prefer something savory for breakfast, I am not someone with a big sweet tooth. I remember mum making something called French Toast for us. I liked french toast but being sweet, it was slightly off putting to have in the mornings. Now, french toast need no introduction. For the uninitiated, French toast are neither a french invention nor are they toast from the toast’s texture point of view. It is also colloquially called German toast or Bombay toast. Legend has it that cooks in the medieval times were strictly instructed to make sure nothing from the pantry goes waste, and hence came up with this novel way to make use of old, stale bread. I’m not certain how true it is , but I am not complaining for sure.
I had mentioned earlier on that I didn’t really like the sweeter version of the french toast and I had been toying with the idea of a savory french toast for some time. So, on a longish weekend I decided I would give it a try. My notes, read something like this: Eggs, milk, Seasoning, some cheese, ham or salami. Though cheese and Salami arent part of the original recipe, it was my twist so that breakfast could be oomphed up that day. I went ahead and added a side of fries to be a bit more devilish.
Breakfast that day was everything your cardiologist would warn you against. Sinful, if i may add; but you dont get redemption without the sin,right.
Here’s what I made it.
French Toast with Cheese and Salami
- 16 slices of bread (preferably, a day old)
- 8 slices of ham or salami
- 8 slices of cheese
- 3 medium sized eggs
- 250 ml milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 green chillies, finely chopped.
- Oil/ Ghee/ Butter for frying
- some milk (for helping the bread stick)
For the side of Potatoes:
- 2 medium potatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Oil for frying
To Make the french toast:
- Trim off the edges of the bread and keep aside.
- In a bowl, whisk the egg and milk together till they’re combined well. Season with Salt, pepper and chillies and keep aside.
- Add the oil /ghee/ Butter in a pan and let it heat on a medium flame.
- Now, take a bread; place the cheese slice on the bread and then the ham or salami and keep it over the cheese slice.
- Take some of the milk we kept aside and slightly wet the edges of the bread
- Place another slice of bread on this and gently press the edges so the stick to one another.
- Gently lift the bread and dip in the eggs and milk mixture. The mixture should coat the bread just enough but should not make the bread soggy.
- Now, add the soaked bread to the frying pan and fry till golden brown on either side.
For the potatoes:
- Pressure cook the potatoes for a whistle and half, till they are about 80% done.
- Peel them and cut them in wedges and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry till reddish brown and crisp.