Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce

Eric 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.”

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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 Sauce

A 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

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
This Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise sauce will blow your mind. Same texture as French toast, but with cheese and sauce instead of syrup.


For the French toast:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, I used Tabasco
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed with the side of a knife
  • dash salt
  • 1 loaf bread, good quality, 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:

  • Turn your oven on to the warm setting (170 F). Set a cooling rack over a cookie sheet and place in the oven.
  • 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 8×8 dish. Rinse out your blender immediately.
  • Slice the bread into 1-inch pieces.
  • Heat a griddle or a large skillet to medium-high heat.
  • Soak the bread in the egg mixture 1-2 minutes each side.
  • Grease the griddle or pan with butter.
  • 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.
  • Place each finished piece of toast on the cooling rack in the oven.

For the hollandaise:

  • 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.)
  • In a small bowl in the microwave, melt butter completely so that it’s very hot.
  • Open the top spout of your blender. Turn the blender on low and pour in the hot butter. It should thicken immediately.
  • 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.)
  • Pour the sauce over each serving. Whisk the sauce if it starts to separate.
  • Top each French toast with fresh herbs and extra Parmesan.


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


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 633kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 292mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1168IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 327mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 633
Keyword: French Toast, Hollandaise Sauce, parmesan
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Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce

Don’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 Sauce

When 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 Sauce

Keep 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

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  1. At first I skipped right to the recipe and saw 1 inch pieces of bread I was thinking cubes. Wow, so much work! The I looked at the picture. Oh, 1 inch Thick Slices of bread, gotcha.

    Thanks for all your precious time!!!


    1. Oh yeah, 1 inch slices of bread! I hope you get to try out the recipe soon Winston! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Okay, so I made this instead of waffles on Waffle Night. It has now replaced Waffle Night. We now celebrate “Carb Night” (cuz ‘French Toast Night’ doesn’t roll of the tongue nicely), instead. Yeah, everyone was an INSTANT fan of this.
    Crazy way to make Hollandaise Sauce, but it worked!!
    Seriously, good stuff. Didn’t have quite enough Parmesan so I had to add some lowly Cheddar but that was fantastic, too.

    1. Oh my gosh, CARB NIGHT!!?? Can I come?? That sounds like so much fun!! I’m so glad these were a hit! What a fun idea. I’m sure the cheddar would be awesome too. Thanks for sharing your ideas and coming back to comment!!

  3. Delicious! I’m not much for sweets, especially in the morning. This hit the spot! My 8 yr old loved it…it’s definitely a keeper!

    1. I’m with you Connie! Much prefer savory in the morning. I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the French Toast! Thank you for commenting!

  4. Ok, I am so making this …. gluten free bread though. I may sou vide some egg yolks in oil to put on top of the french toast before the hollandaise. Chives of course for color.

    1. I actually regret not poaching an egg for the photos on this post. It would have been epic!! I hope you enjoy!!

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 :)

    1. 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.

  7. 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!!

    1. After I published this I thought of doing it with a poached egg and I was totally bummed that I missed out on photographing that! Because that sounds delicious. I hope yours turn out well Linde, thanks for commenting!!

  8. I am a huge fan of french toast but never thought to make a savory version. Your photos make me want to lick the screen. I mean hollandaise! Yum! Pinned and shared : )

  9. This looks fabulous! I would have never thought to make French toast savory – genius idea!

  10. 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!

  11. 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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