If you have stale bread you were thinking of throwing out, hold your horses! Why not use it for some French toast? But what about sides to serve with french toast.
It is a reliably tasty breakfast that is quick and easy to whip up, no matter if you use white bread, sourdough, or French bread.
You can have buttery French toast in as little as 30 minutes. But a classic breakfast dish deserves some classic breakfast sides to go with it.
From savory breakfast sides like bacon and sausages, to sweeter treats like fresh fruit and yogurt, to condiments like syrup and peanut butter, we have 15 fantastic breakfast sides below that you can enjoy with your French toast. You’ll also find a recipe for eggs Benedict.
Eggs Benedict meets French toast? What can be better than that?
Bacon is just impossible to resist, especially at breakfast time. French toast with bacon is the very definition of tantalizing!
We believe the thinner and crispier the bacon the better, but you can enjoy it as thick and chewy as you like!
If you want to add just a little bacon to your French toast, then you can always just sprinkle bacon bits on the top.
2. Scrambled Eggs
Eggs are another iconic breakfast side, and with French toast you can double up on the eggy goodness with some of the scrambled variety.
For richer, fluffier scrambled eggs, add a little milk while you’re missing. This makes the scrambled eggs creamier and gives them a satisfying lightness.
To really elevate your scrambled eggs, you can also add a little cheese. Sweet French toast and savory scrambled eggs is a match made in heaven!
3. Sausage Links
Another savory breakfast staple, sausage links and French toast are sure to set you up for the day.
For an even heartier breakfast, why not serve French toast with sausage links and scrambled eggs?
4. Smoked Salmon
Not everybody is a fan of seafood at breakfast time, but we’re advocating for smoked salmon and French toast.
To resemble a bagel with lox, pop your French toast in the oven to bake, so it takes some of the moistness out of the bread and makes it more solid.
To make it resemble a bagel more, you can add capers and cream cheese, and maybe a couple of thick tomato slices.
French toast and eggs Benedict makes one special, weekend breakfast.
You have everything you would expect from eggs Benedict, the bacon or ham, the cheese, the hollandaise sauce and the poached egg, but instead of resting on top of a muffin, they rest on top of French toast!
This is the most time-consuming side on our list, but all good things come to those who wait, and eggs Benedict is an excellent way to start your day.
Eggs Benedict may seem daunting, but it’s actually easier to make than you think, especially when you whip the hollandaise sauce up in a blender. Poaching eggs also takes practice, especially if you’ve never done it before. However, we have some tips.
Firstly, use the freshest eggs you can find. If the eggs are too old they will fall apart in the simmering water. Secondly, ensure the water is just about simmering.
By this we mean that just a few bubbles are appearing occasionally. If the water is fully boiled you will see lots of rapid bubbles which is more likely to break the egg.
You also need to make sure there is vinegar in the water. When removing the egg from the bowl and placing it in the water, make sure to gently slide the egg in.
Your egg should poach in around 4 minutes, and when it’s ready you need to drain it well. You can do this by draining the eggs on a stale piece of bread rather than a paper towel.
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French toast is buttery, creamy, and delicious, but a contrasting texture can really make it sing, and nuts give it a truly satisfying crunch.
What’s more, nuts are a great source of fiber and vitamin E. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not give a nut-crusted toast a whirl? It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty!
However, if time is against you, you can just sprinkle some crushed nuts on top of your French toast.
7. Peanut Butter
Who doesn’t love peanut butter? If you need more peanut butter in your life, why not slather it on some French toast? The beauty of simple ingredients is how creative you can get with them.
With peanut butter you can turn your French toast into a sandwich with a banana filling, or you can use peanut butter as a less sweet alternative to syrup (more on that later).
Or you can make French toast sticks and use peanut butter as a dip. How fun does that sound?
8. Powdered Sugar
To make your French toast look like it’s come right out of a restaurant kitchen, why not sprinkle it with a generous amount of sugared powder?
This is especially great if you like your breakfast on the sweeter side, and looks so attractive when topped with fruit.
Powdered sugar is super easy to sprinkle on top of your French toast, and gives it just a little extra sweetness.
Syrup is a popular topping for French toast, and we can see why. It’s irresistible! Seriously, is there anything more mouth watering than extra sweet syrup poured over buttery French toast?
You can’t go wrong with classic maple syrup, but we would also recommend switching it up with buttermilk and chocolate too. Honey is also a healthier syrup option.
10. Fresh Fruit
Speaking of healthy sides for your French toast, why not fresh fruit? Grapes, melons, or orange slices on French toast make for a refreshing breakfast.
You also can’t go wrong with a berry mix topping, especially when it’s accompanied by a little whipped cream for a touch of decadence.
Chocolate syrup and strawberries also add a little decadence to your French toast.
If you’re short on time, bananas make a great, nutritious topping to French toast. You can also enjoy them on the side, and banana is a filling fruit that is sure to keep you going until lunchtime.
When peaches are in season, make sure to snap a few up! They’re not only perfect for desserts, but they add a tangy, summery sweetness to French toast.
Whether they’re caramelized or fresh peaches are amazing with French toast, and are full of vitamins A and C.
You can top your French toast with peaches, or push the boat out and make baked peach French toast.
13. Strawberry Yogurt
Another nutritious side to enjoy with your French toast if you’re short on time is strawberry yogurt. All you need is a couple of spoonfuls to make your French toast sweet and delicious.
As well as topping your French toast with strawberry yogurt, you can also make a French toast sandwich with strawberry yogurt and a fresh strawberry filling.
Most of us can’t imagine breakfast without coffee, and no matter what sides you enjoy with your French toast, all of them go great with coffee, no matter if you enjoy your coffee hot, iced, black, or with cream!
15. Orange Juice
If you’re cutting down on your caffeine, then why not enjoy orange juice with your French toast?
It’s a hearty dose of vitamin C, but if you’re trying to up your veggie intake, you can swap the orange juice for carrot juice instead.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Has French Toast Been Around?
French toast actually dates back to the 5th century AD, in a collection of recipes from the Roman Empire.
The Romans’ version of French toast was called Pan Dulcis, and they would soak their bread in a mixture made of egg and milk, and fry with butter or oil.
How Do You Make French Toast?
To make French toast add butter to a skillet, and cook the butter over a low heat. Place slices of bread in the skillet and cook until the bread is golden brown.
This should take about 3-4 minutes. Then, flip the bread over and repeat the process. Once done, place the bread on a baking sheet and place in the oven.
How Do You Stop French Toast From Becoming Soggy In The Center?
To prevent French toast from being too soggy in the middle, whisk butter, cinnamon, eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl before placing the mixture in a large baking dish.
Leave the bread to soak in the mixture for about 20 seconds, and then place on a separate baking sheet. This should prevent the bread from getting soggy.
How Can You Tell When French Toast Is Done?
When the bread is still soaking, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan.
Then flip the French toast and take a peek under the slice after a few minutes to see if the French toast has turned a golden brown color.
Whether you enjoy a savory breakfast, a sweet breakfast, or just like your French toast with some syrup or powdered sugar, we hope you’ve discovered some new sides to accompany your favorite breakfast!