“What Time Is It?? It’s BACON TIME!”
That’s right – every Saturday we get together and I share one of my grand baconized treats with you – can be a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert or even a beverage! But today it’s all about BREAKFAST. And it’s something VERY different but extremely tasty. You’ve just GOT to try this one.
BACON-CRUSTED FRUIT-STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
Four slices of bacon (yes of course there’s more stuff – but it’s “filling” !!
1/2 (8oz.) package cream cheese – softened
2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
2 tablespoons white sugar
4 strawberries – diced (or more strawberries if you want – you can also use OTHER berries if you prefer OR a mix of berries)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
4 slices bread
1/2 cup coconut milk (or regular milk – which is what I used)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 dash ground nutmeg
1 dash salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 spring mint leaves slivered (I skipped the mint)
Place bacon slices in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon slices to paper towels; dice. Reserve bacon grease.
Blend cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, and sugar in a separate bowl. Fold strawberries and lemon juice into the filling.
Divide filling between 2 slices of bread, spreading it out to the edges. Cover with remaining 2 slices of bread. Press sandwiches lightly together.
Mix eggs, milk, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and salt in a shallow bowl to make egg wash.
Melt 1 1/2 teaspoon reserved bacon grease and 1 1/2 teaspoon butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle half the diced bacon evenly in the skillet. Dip 1 side of each sandwich in the egg wash. Place on top of the bacon in the skillet; cook until eggs are set and slightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Melt remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon bacon grease and 1 1/2 teaspoon butter in the skillet. Sprinkle remaining diced bacon in the skillet. Dip the second side of each sandwich in egg wash and return to the skillet; cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
Cut sandwiches in half and garnish with mint.
Now doesn’t that sound delicious? Maybe a little more complicated but so what – it’s delicious and maybe something special and just a little bit different from the USUAL breakfast. AND IT HAS BACON! I have to say that when Mom made it, it did not look like the photo above – it looked more “sandwich-ey” – but it was delicious. So no matter WHAT it looks like – if you follow the directions you will NOT be disappointed!