Another easy breakfast idea for any day of the week. I call it Ham, Egg and Cheese Pan Toast or sometimes Savory French Toast Sandwich. It’s basically a slice of bread placed on top of beaten egg, flipped and filled with ham and grated cheese. It’s a ham, egg and cheese sandwich just made in a different way but equally delicious.
Recently, this style of pan toast has been my favorite breakfast for any day of the week. It is easy to make even when I am busy on weekday morning or when I woke up late on a weekend. I don’t eat much for breakfast and I like mostly savory (but I also welcome sweet breakfast from time to time) breakfast. I am a morning person and so breakfast is a meal I don’t usually skip. Even if I wake up at 10 am on a weekend, I will still have breakfast or you can call or brunch.
Since I make egg breakfast almost every week, I thought I’d share with you some of my easy breakfast idea. We can all use some easy recipe now and then, right? I’m calling this series Easy Egg-citing Recipes where I will share simple egg recipes that you can make in no time at all. This is the kind of recipe that I make during busy weekdays and even during the weekends. The main ingredients will be egg, plus more to make it filling and satisfying. This is the type of recipe that I guarantee you can make at home, no cooking skills needed. Just get cracking, and cook the egg!
Egg is probably one staple ingredient is use for breakfast, it is so versatile you can have it hard boiled, scrambled, over easy, fried, poach and baked. It is easy to prepare regardless of how you want it cool, plus it is affordable breakfast that most people love it, me included. So what’s in a egg? Let’s go check!
What’s In an Egg?
Yolk is the yellow portion of the egg and this is full of nutrients, vitamins and fats. Those who are watching their diet normally avoid the egg yolk because of the fat content. Then we have the White which is packed with protein and water, the healthy part of the egg. Have you noticed, there is a white strand floating somewhere in the mix? I thought before this is part of the egg white, but it seems this is actually part of what makes up the egg. This is called the chalazae. It anchors the yolk to the white and to the inside of the shell, keeping the yolk suspended.
How to Store Egg
- Always keep eggs in the carton. the carton protects the eggs and prevents them from absorbing strong odors and flavors of other foods in your fridge through the thousands of tiny pores in the egg shell. Secondly, the Best Before Date is always visible to you so you can guarantee freshness. Lastly, eggs should always be stored with the large end up, the same way they are packaged in the carton. This helps the yolk remain centered.
- Eggs should not be stored on the refrigerator door, but in the main body of the refrigerator to ensure that they keep a consistent and cool temperature.
- Leftover raw egg whites and yolks should be put in airtight containers and stored in the refrigerator immediately. To prevent yolks from drying out, cover them with a little cold water. Drain the water before using.
- When storing hard boiled eggs, you may notice a “gassy” odor in your refrigerator. The odor is caused by hydrogen sulfide, which forms when eggs are cooked. It’s harmless and usually dissipates in a few hours.
I made this before and I called it Double Cheese French Toast Omelette Sandwich. The process is the same but this version is vegetarian. I did not and any meat, but it is as delicious. The cheese itself is more than enough to make this sandwich amazing.
That’s the beauty of this toast sandwich, there’s so many variations that you can make to make it exciting every time you eat it. You can make it vegan or vegetarian, make it savory or sweet. Yes, we’re getting to Sweet soon 🙂
So for this one, I used chicken ham. You can use regular ham, Turkey slice, rotisserie chicken breast slices, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed spinach, sundried tomato and more!
What is a Pan Toast Sandwich?
It’s a sandwich toast made using a pan instead of a toaster. This is very useful if you do not have a toaster in the house. Even if you have a toaster, this way of making a toast is nice for a change. Instead of cooking each component (egg, ham) separately, you prepare them in one pan one after the other. I know it’s not a big deal cooking them separately but I find it fun doing it this way instead.
What are the Ingredients Ham, Egg & Cheese Pan Toast
- Egg – find that 1 large egg is good enough, but if you prefer a thicker and more egg, you can make it to 2 for one serving of bread
- Sandwich Bread – You can use white or whole wheat sliced sandwich bread. The square size bread makes an even size when you cut and fold it. You can also use a whole slice of bread if you prefer a large size portion. We are not soaking the bread for a long time so make sure to use a fairly new sandwich bread, not the stale old bread that is dry.
- Cheese – I like using Marble cheddar or Mozzarella cheese and grate them, I find the taste is better and the melting factor is amazing. Pre-grated cheese have cornstarch in it so it will not melt as fast since we are not cooking this bread for a long time. Most recipes uses cheese singles, they melt fast and they are pretty convenient, you can do that too.
- Butter – I used small amount of unsalted butter, about 1 teaspoon just to give the bread extra flavor. I do not like adding more to avoid the sandwich from being too greasy. If you do not want to use butter, substitute it with small amount of oil to grease the pan enough to cook the egg and toast the bread
- Salt & Peppers – This is a savory variation, I used simple salt and pepper to season it. You can also add some dried or fresh herbs if you have them. I like using Italian seasoning and some red chili flakes for some heat.
- Dried or Fresh Herbs – totally optional but if you have any, use it as it adds nice extra flavor. I used fresh chives.
Use Small Pan for 1 Egg Recipe
The larger the pan, the more egg you need. Since this only uses 1 egg, a 6-inch pan is the perfect size to use. If making more than 1 egg recipe, use a 10 – 12 inch pan. The right size of the pan gives a nice thickness or egg, and makes the flipping process easier
This is a very easy and fun to make sandwich recipe. You can make several variations, both sweet and savory. For savory, you can add slices of cold cut meat like ham or bacon, sauteed mushroom & cheese, sundried tomato, spinach and cheese etc. For sweet variation try cream cheese or any jam. This is a very flexible recipe, no right of wrong way when it comes to variation. make what you love to eat and enjoy it.
- 1 Egg – room temperature
- 1 Ham (can be substituted with Bacon, sliced Sausage, sauteed Mushroom and/or Spinach)
- 1 slice Sandwich Bread
- 1/3 cup grated Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh Chives – chopped
- Slice 1 piece of sandwich bread into half.
- Alternatively, if you want a bigger portion, use 2 slices of bread. You will need to use a large pan for this, something that will fit the 2 slices of bread. You will also need to add 1 more egg and double the amount of cheese.
- Beat 1 egg. Add salt and black pepper.
- On a heated pan, add small amount of butter or oil. Pour the beaten egg and put the sliced bread on top, leaving a small gap in between the slices (for easy folding). Leave for few minute to cook the egg. Once the side of the egg is set, flip the bread.
- Add cheese on top, followed by ham.
- At this stage, if you want to add bacon or sliced sausage, you can do it once you have the mozzarella cheese on top of the bread just do not add too much as it will be difficult to fold. Add all the extra filling before folding.
- Remove from the pan and serve while warm and the cheese is melting.
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