Savory Cheese-Crusted French Toast With Garlic and Parmesan Recipe

Savory Cheese-Crusted French Toast with Garlic and Parmesan
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Savory French toast made with plenty of garlic and herbs, all crusted in crisply browned Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Details

Savory Cheese-Crusted French Toast With Garlic and Parmesan Recipe

Active 30 mins
Total 30 mins
Serves 3 to 4 servings


  • 4 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup whole milk or half-and-half

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

  • Pinch red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley leaves, plus more to garnish

  • 4 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 stick)  unsalted butter

  • 8 (1/2-inch) slices hearty country bread, challah, or brioche, preferably one day old

  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 200°F. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, garlic, red pepper flakes, parsley, 1 ounce cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Place remaining Parmesan on a large plate.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat until melted. Working one slice at a time, dip bread in egg mixture, then dredge in grated Parmesan to coat well on both sides. Lay in skillet. Repeat until four slices of bread are in skillet. Cook, swirling pan and flipping occasionally, until deep golden brown on both sides, about 8 minutes total. Transfer to a large plate and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining butter and second batch of bread.

  3. Sprinkle french toast with scallions and more chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Special Equipment

Large cast iron or non-stick skillet or griddle

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
625 Calories
29g Fat
63g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 625
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 245mg 82%
Sodium 1235mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 502mg 39%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 379mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)