Parm French Toast with Ham & Roasted Asparagus
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Parm French Toast with Ham & Roasted Asparagus

For a grown-up French toast, try a savory take on this breakfast classic—and while you're at it, have it for dinner!


  • 9 large eggs

  • About 2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • 1 cup half-and-half or whole milk

  • A handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • About 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 large bunch asparagus

  • Olive oil spray, or olive oil for drizzling

  • Softened butter (about half of a stick)

  • 8 slices stale white or Italian bread

  • 1 ham steak (about 1 lb.), quartered


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 425°.

  • Step 2

    In a large shallow dish, whisk up 5 eggs, about 1/2 cup grated Parm, the half-and-half, parsley, garlic, and nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Scatter the remaining cheese on a large plate.

  • Step 3

    Heat a griddle pan or large skillet over medium.

  • Step 4

    On a baking sheet, spray the asparagus with olive oil; season. Spread out in a single layer. Roast until crisp-tender and browned at the edges, 15 to 18 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Melt some of the butter on the griddle, spreading to coat the pan. Working in 2 batches, dip the bread in the egg mixture; turn to coat. Press the bread into the cheese. Cook the French toast until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Griddle the ham until browned and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Tent the ham and toast with foil to keep warm.

  • Step 6

    Add a little butter to the griddle. Crack the remaining 4 eggs onto the griddle and cook until sunny-side up or over easy, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Step 7

    Put 4 slices of toast on 4 plates. Top each with a slice of ham and another piece of toast. Top each with the asparagus and an egg.

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