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Savory Baked French Toast

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It’s like a Ham and Cheese Sandwich, a Monte Cristo, and French Toast all rolled into one delicious baked concoction where spinach and collard greens are the stars.
Ingredients
  Eggs 4
  Spinach 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Collard greens 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Onion 1 Small (chopped)
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm) (chopped)
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Cream 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Reserve some for topping)
  Dijon mustard 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Use less if desired)
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cayenne 1 Pinch
  Cheese/Creamy jack cheese 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Fennel pollen 1 Pinch
  Olive oil 1 Teaspoon
  Bread slices/Stale french bread 10
  Ham slices 5 (quartered)
  Roasted almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (chopped, for topping)
Directions

Getting Ready:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl (if using a hand blender), or a food processor, or a blender, blend spinach, collard greens, garlic, eggs, milk, dijon, onion, seasonings, and 1/2 C cheese (I blended up the greens in the chopper attachment of my KitchenAid hand blender first, then transferred to the bowl).
3. Grease baking dish with olive oil – even on the sides (at least part way up).

Making:
1. Soak bread slices in egg mixture.
2. Place in baking dish, overlapping each slice with the next one (if desired). If there is any extra egg mixture, add more to each slice.
3. Top each slice with two pieces of ham.
4. Bake covered for 30 minutes.
5. Uncover, top with remaining cheese, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes more (or until it reaches 160F).
6. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Serving:
1. Top with a drizzle of cream and some almonds (a dollop of Greek yogurt would also be good!).
2. You could also serve with: Crispy Potatoes, Sliced Oranges, Green Salad, Coleslaw, Fruit Salad… It would also be good as a side dish, omitting the ham in the dish, with a Baked Ham or Roasted Chicken.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Breakfast
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
High Protein
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Servings: 
5
Subtitle: 
French Toast

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