You know what's even better than French toast? Stuffed French toast. Yeah, you probably knew where we were going with that one. We're big fans of stuffed ... well, anything. Food stuffed within food? Hell yeah. So here, we're taking something decadent already, and going beyond over the top. We went over the top, around, and then back over that top. We started with the best stuffed French toast OF ALL TIME, and then gave you more. Because that's how we roll.
We don't think much more convincing is necessary than just the first word: Nutella. Really. Add this chocolate-hazelnut spread to anything and it's better for it. Get our Nutella Stuffed French Toast recipe.
2. Ham and Gruyére
Bill Granger of the Bill's Open Kitchen cookbook created a very close cousin to the Croque Monsieur. But it's not exactly the same thing. This is still stuffed French toast. Get our Ham and Gruyére French Toast recipe.
3. Chocolate Chips, Ricotta, and Orange Zest
Orange and chocolate are a pair not often used together, but they should be. This recipe has an even bigger twist in that it's a French toast cannoli stuffed with chocolate chips, ricotta cheese and orange zest. *Mind blown* Get our Cannoli French Toast Rolls recipe.
4. Strawberry Cheesecake
Another way to make something more amazing is to add cheesecake to it. With cream cheese, heavy cream, lemon juice and zest, and vanilla, you know something good is going on here.
5. Peanut Butter and Banana
This lovely duo is such a wonderful combination in a regular sandwich and on toast, it makes sense this the pair results in a scrumptious stuffed French toast.
6. Almond Butter and Salted Caramel Brownie
Umm...yes. Let's have this. Bread slices are slathered and stuffed with salted date caramel and almond butter, then sandwiched and soaked in chocolate brownie batter, pan-fried, and drizzled with more chocolate and caramel sauce. This is nuts.
After the usual habit of dipping the bread into the egg-milk-vanilla mixture, you dip the slices in crushed graham crackers and pan-fry. The melty chocolate and marshmallows ooze from within, creating a campfire childhood favorite with no fire needed.
8. Key Lime Pie
After all these heavy and decadent versions, this Key Lime Pie Stuffed French Toast might be a relief. The recipe uses healthier substitutes, like Greek yogurt and vanilla-almond milk. You can use regular limes too.
9. Dark Chocolate and Cranberries
Is it breakfast? Dessert? Whatever. Theobroma cacao and tart fruit take this well over the top, until you don’t know where you are.
10. Raspberries and Coconut Cream
Friday Is Cake Night’s overnight stuffed French toast recipe is makeable the night before, obviously, so you can wake up in some total fantasy of vanilla and cream cheese.
11. Mascarpone, Chocolate, and Espresso
You can skip your morning latte and get your caffeine fix straight from Sweet Peas & Saffron’s stuffed espresso French toast.
12. Pumpkin Cream Cheese
Nothing better than French toast than with a seasonal twist. Feed your fall fever (even after fall’s over) with Vegan Yack Attack's pumpkin cream cheese French toast.
13. Peaches and Mozzarella
Yummy Supper’s French toast sandwich mixes fresh stone fruit with gooey mozzarella cheese for an unusual twist on brunch.
14. Spinach, Ricotta, and Marinara
French toast doesn’t have to be sweet to be amazing, and Jessica in the Kitchen proves it with her savory stuffed French toast filled with spinach, ricotta, and garlic and smothered in marina sauce.
15. Bacon, Goat Cheese, and Apple
Another way to make French toast savory is to stuff it with the unexpected—here, sweet apples temper the tanginess of a surprise.
16. Apple Pie Filling
No need to pick between your favorite desserts (or guilty breakfasts). Pass the Sushi creates the ultimate mash-up.
17. Raspberries and Ricotta
Sweetened ricotta is the secret ingredient in this stuffed French toast from TasteSpotting. Raspberries make it irresistible.
— Original article by Shelly Westerhausen published Jan. 5, 2015.
— Photo credits (top to bottom): Chowhound; aol; Chowhound; Just a Taste; Tastes Better From Scratch; Rich Hingle/Vegan Richa; Spicy Southern Kitchen; The Hungry Musician; BS’ in the Kitchen; Friday Is Cake Night; Sweet Peas & Saffron; Jackie Sobon / Flickr; Yummy Supper; Jessica in the Kitchen; Home ... Is Where the Cookies Are; Pass the Sushi; TasteSpotting