Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise SauceEric was busy doing something on his phone earlier today and I asked him what he was up to. He said it wasn’t important. I asked again. He said just a stupid game. What game? Shuffle Puck Cantina. How do you play? Well it’s like air hockey except you’re playing against these aliens and it’s like a spoof of the Star Wars–

“I’m soooooo booooooorrrrreeeeed.”

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce

I wonder if this is how he feels when he looks over my shoulder and I’m on Pinterest.

Do you like playing games on your phone? I know there are a million popular ones out there. I just can’t get into it. You should see me try to play. It’s just a series of deaths. For any video game, actually. Watching me play Mario Kart kind of feels like banging your head against the wall. I fall off the cliff again, and again, and again. Thank goodness for Instagram! (My time suck of choice. No cliffs.)

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce

Well…Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce. Hear me out you guys!!

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce

I know French Toast is supposed to be cinnamony and buttery and all maple-syrupy (see my last post for an example: Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole) but this Parmesan version is giving the sweet stuff a run for it’s money. It is sooooo good. You know how when you go out to breakfast you have to decide between sweet and savory? (Or stuffing yourself with both?) Well the savory French Toast has got your back. It really is French Toast: thick bread, egg wash, fried in butter. The original recipe stopped here, but what’s the point of French Toast without syrup? There isn’t one. Hollandaise sauce to the rescue!

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise SauceA note on this hollandaise sauce: it’s a blender recipe. I love it and use it all the time because it literally takes 5 minutes to make. But if you really feel like bustin’ out your double boiler for a “real” recipe, be my guest. If your dad is a savory breakfast fan, make this for him on Father’s Day!

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce

Yield: Serves 4-6


    For the French toast:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Tabasco)
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed with the side of a knife
  • dash salt
  • medium-size loaf of good-quality bread, cut 1-inch thick
  • butter, for frying
  • flat-leaf parsley or chives, for garnish
  • For the hollandaise:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter


    For the French Toast:
  1. Turn your oven on to the warm setting (170 F). Set a cooling rack over a cookie sheet and place in the oven.
  2. Add eggs, milk, cream, Parmesan, mustard powder, hot sauce, black pepper, garlic, and salt to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour liquid into a pie plate or an 8x8 dish. Rinse out your blender immediately.
  3. Slice the bread into 1-inch pieces.
  4. Heat a griddle or a large skillet to medium-high heat.
  5. Soak the bread in the egg mixture 1-2 minutes each side.
  6. Grease the griddle or pan with butter.
  7. Fry each piece of bread for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes or until browned. Continue with all the bread pieces, replenishing butter as necessary.
  8. Place each finished piece of toast on the cooling rack in the oven.
  9. For the hollandaise:
  10. In the rinsed-out blender, add the egg yolks, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Blend until smooth. (It's not very much liquid, so I tipped the blender on it's side to help it blend up. See photos.)
  11. In a small bowl in the microwave, melt butter completely so that it's very hot.
  12. Open the top spout of your blender. Turn the blender on low and pour in the hot butter. It should thicken immediately.
  13. Immediately pour the sauce into a measuring cup or bowl. Place the bowl into another bowl of very hot water. (You want to keep the sauce hot, but if you microwave it, it will curdle.)
  14. Pour the sauce over each serving. Whisk the sauce if it starts to separate.
  15. Top each French toast with fresh herbs and extra Parmesan.

Source: French Toast recipe slightly changed from The Kitchn, hollandaise from Allrecipes.

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise SauceDon’t skimp on the bread; I used this already-awesome cheese bread. It’s artisan, but a regular loaf will work fine too.

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise SauceWhen you make the hollandaise sauce, tilt the blender a little bit. There’s not that much liquid in there and this helps it blend up.

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise SauceKeep your sauce in a bowl of hot water. If you microwave it, it will curdle. This is the method you should use after leftovers have been refrigerated as well.

Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce






  1. Sarah says

    Perfect for us! I love French toast, Brian likes savory breakfasts…this is a great idea. He’d be even happier if I topped it with some sautéed veggies…some people have problems :-)

  2. Mary says

    WOW……….this is fantastic! Words can’t describe my first look at this dish!!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    I gifted my mum her first ever smartphone on her birthday and now all she does is play games on that thing!!!!!! I used to love playing Subway Surfers and Skyline Surfers but then the challenges got a tad too challenging and I got bored! hahaha!!!! SAVORY FRENCH TOAST????????? whaaaa?!!!! OMG!!!!! I.WANT.I.WANT.I.WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That hollandaise sauce looooooks sooo good and so easy to prepare!
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  4. says

    Haha. Tim plays “Clash of Clans” like all the time, and I just don’t understand it. It gets even more intense on the weekends as he says it’s “war days.” I just walk away. Thank goodness for Instagram. I don’t like to play games so at least it keeps me busy while he’s at war ;). Holy moly! I don’t think I’ve ever had savory french toast before! Brilliant. Pinning!
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  5. says

    Haha, yup men and their games – thank goodness for Pinterest :) And this french toast – it looks out of this world! I love that it’s savory and I can’t stop staring at that gorgeous hollandaise sauce! Love this Karen!

  6. says

    I’m awful at video games too, especially fighting ones. I kick ass in Super Mario Brothers but I can’t play Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, etc. My husband actually just bought an old school Street Fighter arcade game and it’s in our garage. While I’m upstairs on the computer doing my important blogging stuff, I can hear him ‘n his buddies yelling downstairs while they’re playing. Yes, we are grown ass adults in our 30s. Good times. As for this savoury French toast, gaaaaaaaaaah! I want a giant platterful right now. I love savoury bread pudding so this wouldn’t last long in front of me. You’re brilliant for creating this and your photos are mad money. Absolutely gorgeous.
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  7. says

    Ohmygosh — my guy and I are EXACTLY the same!! He’s been playing this new game (no idea what; he told me the name a while ago and I can’t remember) and he’s ranked like 217 out of a couple thousand because he’s gotten through so many levels. Me? I’ll just stick to browsing through Instagram and Pinterest on my phone. No wonder my battery is down to 8% by the end of the day… And savory french toast? So brilliant!! My guy hates sweet breakfast dishes, and he’s all about the savory stuff — even bagels! (Onions on bagels for breakfast? No thanks — all his!) So he might actually get out of bed for a breakfast like this. Pinned!
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  8. Linde says

    I love this idea. I’m going to make this weekend and top with poached eggs, then sauce, a little ham on the side and some fresh fruit and strawberry scones!!

  9. Lauren says

    I made this for my husband (on night shift right now) and it was absolutely wonderful. Really, wonderful does not even do this justice.
    I used Asiago cheese bread from my local bakery and topped with a poached egg and cured salmon. It was out of this world!
    I found the hollandaise to be a little lemony for my taste when I tried it on its own, but paired with everything else it was perfect!
    Thank you for a wonderful recipe! I have directed many friends to your site because I know without a doubt all of your recipes are amazing :)

    • says

      Lauren I’m so glad you loved it! This Savory French toast is not one I make often but every time i do I wonder why I don’t. It’s just so different. Thank you for your review, and thank you for telling your friends about my blog! That means a lot to me :) Have a happy Mother’s Day this weekend! PS I’m loving the salmon and egg idea.

  10. M says

    I had this pinned for a while and finally made it. It was SO good I’m not ‘allowed’ to make it again! Lol, we ate ourselves sick on it.

    • says

      Hey Hailey! Yeah hollandaise sauce is not traditionally made in a blender, usually it’s whisked over a double boiler (a bowl set over a small pot of boiling water.) If you don’t have a blender just google a traditional hollandaise sauce and follow that recipe. Hope you enjoy!


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