This is basically a fancied up grilled cheese that gets the french toast treatment. The grilled cheese is extra special because it’s loaded with fig jam, gruyere cheese, pears, and bacon. Then it gets a nice soak in a seasoned egg mixture, and is cooked up in bacon fat for the most satisfying and scrumptious breakfast you could ever imagine!
If you’ve been following along at all, you should know by now that breakfast/brunch is my absolute favorite! I was in Chicago for school, and at the end of my 4 years there, I think I went to brunch everyday for about 10 days straight, just meeting up with people to say bye. The point is, breakfast and brunch food is amazing. It’s a unique time where you get to start the day off fresh, eat amazing food (whether it’s just a nice big bowl of oatmeal or a fancy/all-out meal), usually spend time with great people, and of course, get your caffeine fix.
Usually french toast isn’t my favorite – I’ll pick pancakes or waffles over it any day. However, I have had some yummy french toast in the past, and after thinking about it, I always like the stuffed french toast. Why? Because those are the ones that have lots of stuff in it – usually fruit with some kind of cream or some gooey chocolatey concoction. So I figured, why not make a savory spin off of stuffed french toast. It’s kind of a mix between stuffed french toast and grilled cheese. It may seem odd, but I promise it is so delicious and worth it!
If you scroll down to the instructions and just glance at the ingredients list, you’ll know this is a winning dish. All the flavors mesh so well together – the sweetness of the fig jam with the nuttiness of the cheese, plus the fruity element of the pear and salty/meaty flavor of the bacon…come on!! Then it’s prepared like french toast, so it’s soaked in an egg mixture and griddled up so all the cheese gets gooey and melty, and all the flavors meld perfectly together. I’m not saying this is a healthy one, but you’re allowed to indulge once in a while, especially if it’s breakfast. So go ahead and give this one a whirl!
A quick note about microwaving. In the instructions, I tell you to microwave the bread with cheese for a quick 30 seconds. This extra little step increases the likelihood of the cheese melting and getting all gooey without burning the bread. For someone like me who’s prone to burning things (I’ve never made pancakes without burning the first batch), I’ll take whatever extra steps to increase my chances of not burning it.
Bacon. I’ll be honest and say that I’m not the hugest fan of bacon. I’ll never order a side of bacon, and if there’s an option, I’ll usually opt for no bacon. That being said, I do appreciate the flavor bacon brings to certain dishes. If it’s used correctly, I don’t usually mind it. But man, oh man, bacon adds an incredible amount of flavor and depth to this french toast. I’m so glad I used it. Then to just go over the top, I cooked the french toast in the bacon grease because I had it on hand, and why not?
I know I’m kind of obsessed with breakfast and brunch food, but I don’t know anyone who dislikes it. If you’re one of those weirdos, give this recipe a try. I’m pretty sure you’ll change your mind! Happy Saturday, and happy breakfasting to you all!
- 4 slices of french bread
- 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated
- 2 tbsp fig jam
- 1/2 pear, sliced
- 3-4 slices bacon
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper
- 2 fried eggs, optional
- Cook bacon in skillet (or in the oven). Set cooked bacon aside on paper towel to drain excess fat. Reserve bacon grease in skillet.
- While the bacon is cooking, whisk 2 eggs, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a flat bowl.
- Divide gruyere cheese between two slices of bread. Microwave for 30 seconds. Place sliced pear and cooked bacon on top of cheese.
- Spread 1 tbsp of fig jam on each of the remaining slices of bread. Put slice of bread with jam on top of bread with cheese, pear and bacon. Repeat with other sandwich.
- Carefully place entire sandwich in egg mixture. Flip to coat entire sandwich. Repeat with second sandwich.
- Heat reserved bacon grease (or any other oil) in a skilled to medium-low heat. Place sandwiches in skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Serve with fried egg on top if desired.