Inspiration for tonight's dinner : breakfast! Perhaps the most forgiving meal of the day (it is meant to be prepared in the sleep-fog of early morning after all). Ultra-savory Salt and Pepper French Toast coupled with creamy Soft Scrambled Eggs prove that breakfast staples are no less enticing for the time of day they are served.
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Crispy Salt and Pepper French Toast
For the toast : 3 tablespoons of half & half
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
8 slices of day-old bread, cut on the diagonal
Sriracha (Asian spicy sauce, also known as "Rooster Sauce")
1. In a bowl, beat together eggs, half-and-half, salt, black pepper, green onion and cilantro.
2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the bottom of the skillet with oil and add a tablespoon or two of butter for taste.
3. Dip the bread triangles in the egg mixture, drain off any excess and lower into the hot pan. Fry for 2 or 3 minutes on each side. The texture should be crisper than traditional French toast. Place the finished slices on a paper towl lined plate.
4. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup and sriracha to your desired heat level.
5. Serve the warm toasts with a side of spicy ketchup.
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Soft Scrambled Eggs
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Green Onions (and these are optional)
We're assuming you have butter, sandwich bread, salt, pepper, and oil.
The eggs call for crème fraîche, marscarpone, cream or 'what have you'. The french toast calls for half & half, which you probably already have in your fridge, so make life a little easier and use that in the scrambled eggs, too. Or if you're the kind of wonderful person who has crème fraîche in the fridge at all times, by all means use that!
1. Get the egg coating for the french toast ready before you do anything else. Take ten seconds and mix up the sauce for the toasts while you're at it.
2. Next focus on the soft scrambled eggs, as they take a bit of time and attention.
3. The final step should be frying your toasts, as they take just two minutes per side. If you're ambitious, you could do this during the final minutes of scrambling (yes, this is a two-pan meal).
Aside: Whip yourself up a Hot Chocolate to wash all this deliciousness down. You deserve it! Why? Because dinner is served.
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