I have clearly been in a grilled cheese loving mood (bathing suit season right! LOL).
Here is the second grilled cheese recipe I played around with this week. French toast grilled cheese…yeah…I said it….FRENCH TOAST GRILLED CHEESE!!!!
I had this at an event the other night and had to create it at home to share the love. This is the perfect weekend treat. Serve it up with some bacon for a killer brunch.
Very important- There are so few ingredients for this recipe that it is crucial to use good quality….crusty gorgeous bread, well made cheese and make sure you are using real maple syrup for this…I cant stress that enough! I am a purist when it comes to maple syrup (Canadian here!).
French toast grilled cheese with sharp white cheddar and maple syrup
recipe makes 2 sandwiches-
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 pieces of sourdough or white pullman (or whatever bread you have on hand…it is totally up to you)
Sharp white cheddar cheese- can also use fontina or gruyere
Pure maple syrup
in a bowl mix the eggs with the cream, cinnamon and vanilla.
Heat up a cast iron pan on medium heat with 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in it. Take the bread and dunk one side into the egg mixture, then place the coated side into the hot pan. Let the one side get golden and crisp around 1-2 minutes, then flip over and let the other side get golden and toasted, remove when it is done, wipe down the pan and then repeat with the rest of the slices. Only one side of each piece should have the french toast crust on it. When all the pieces are done assemble a sandwich, french toast crust facing out and place back in the pan. Take a heavy pan and lay it on top, then lay a kettle or something heavy on top of that. You want the outside to stay crunchy and the inside to remain fluffy and cheesy. Let toast like this for a couple of minutes and then flip over. When both sides are golden and the cheese is all melted remove from the pan, cut in half or into quarters and drizzle a little pure maple syrup, eat immediately.
This pic is of the grilled cheese assembled before I place the weight on top.
Here you have it! Toasted, cut up and doused in maple syrup.