Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sourdough French Toast Sandwiches With Bacon, Gouda, Bananas And Raspberry Preserves

Yeah, you read that right.

For the opening race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, I wanted to make The Husband a little something special. It was cold, we were home and wanting some comfort food. We cooked up some bacon, then made French toast in the bacon fat and assembled some super delish sandwiches.

You might die of a heart attack from this sandwich,  but at least you'd die happy, happy, happy!

We started by cooking the bacon, then cooked our French toast in the bacon drippings. I actually poured all of the bacon fat into a little Pyrex refrigerator dish, then ladled out a little at a time into my ceramic frying pan.

We then started our sandwich stack with some creamy smoked Gouda.

Next we added some amazingly delicious, nitrate free bacon.

Banana slices followed, for sweetness and creamy texture. Oh and fruit. Guilt free sandwich!

Or something like that.

Generous smatterings of raspberry preserves add sweetness and a tart factor.

We then nuked our sandwiches in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the cheese before applying the second pieces of French toast. It would be better to broil your sandwich halves, but I'm terrified of the broiler function in our cheap little oven. True story.

I should get around to explaining that one, someday.

Obviously, after assembly, you eat!

These sandwiches were one of the most amazing dishes that I've ever made. Perfect comfort food. Creamy, crisp, salty, smokey, sweet, and tart all rolled into one perfect little meal. And, it works for breakfast or lunch or dinner.

I know I'll definitely be making these again. The Husband even took one to work for lunch the next day. He said it was still fabulous, a day later and re-heated.

While I slapped the preserves on the inside of mine, I gave him preserves on the side, just because I wasn't sure how much sweetness he would want. If I was making these for guests, I'd probably do the same thing.

If you're looking for something completely comforting, a little salty, a little sweet and the perfect food to precede a nap, then THIS DISH IS FOR YOU.

If you happen to be an insomniac, this might be your magic pill. Try it. You'll thank me later, I promise.

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