Cheesy French toast with ham & grilled vine tomatoes

Cheesy French toast with ham & grilled vine tomatoes

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 6

This twist on the classic croque-monsieur is much easier to prepare for a large crowd

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal439
  • fat25g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein29g
  • salt3.7g
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  • 5 eggs, beaten



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  • 4 tbsp milk



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  • 140g gruyère, grated



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  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • knob of butter



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  • 1 large baguette, thickly sliced
  • 250g cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • olive oil, for grilling
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  • 250g sliced ham - about 25 slices (James used Serrano)
  • watercress, to serve



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  1. Heat the grill to high. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cheese and chives. Melt the butter in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat. Dip slices of bread into the egg mixture, then place them in the pan. Cook for 3-5 mins on each side, or until golden and crisp, then keep warm in a low oven if you need to.

  2. Place the vine tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with a little oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until they start to soften and blister. On a large platter, pile up the cheesy French bread, grilled tomatoes, sliced ham and a pile of watercress, and let everyone dig in.

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9th Apr, 2012
Serve with smoked bacon & new fried potatoes . Makes a great quick meal
26th Jan, 2012
Really like this recipe and have made as a brunch on a number of occasions.
10th Jun, 2011
sorry the wrong comment fro wrong recipe ^^ :D
10th Jun, 2011
I really like this recipe! but just wondering what i could serve it with any suggestion? :D
30th Mar, 2011
I think this is lovely with crunchy bacon instead of the ham, certainly a favourite of my children!
26th Jan, 2014
Love the sound of this recipe ..Would it be better to use a little oil with the butter ...I am concerned the butter burns at high heat ?
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29th Jan, 2014
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. You're right - butter burns at a very high heat so you would add oil if you were trying to brown somethig like a steak at a very high temperature. However, the French toast is cooked on a more gentle heat so the butter alone will be fine. Hope it turns out nicely!BBC Good Food team
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