French Toast Breakfast Sandwiches

Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 pou1 package Smart Chicken breakfast maple sausages

  • 8 slices brioche bread

  • 6 whole eggs

  • ½ cup half and half

  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, as needed

  • 4 slices havarti cheese

  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese

  • Canola oil and butter, as needed

  • Maple syrup, for serving

  • Powdered sugar, for serving (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice the sausages 1/4-inch thick the long way; set aside.

In a wide, shallow dish, whisk the eggs and half and half; season mixture lightly with salt and pepper. Soak each piece of bread in the egg mixture and lay flat on a baking sheet or plastic wrap. Top each slice of bread with a slice of cheese. Top 4 (half) of the slices with the sliced sausage.

To a large cast iron skillet or a nonstick pan over medium-high heat, add ½ tablespoon of butter and ½ tablespoon of oil and bring to temperature. Carefully sear each slice of bread, cheese side up, until golden brown (you may need to sear in batches). Transfer each slice to a baking sheet; bake until the cheese is completely melted and the sausage is hot, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the slices to cool slightly; top the slices with sausage with the slices with cheese. Garnish with maple syrup and powdered sugar and serve.

Recipe created by Benjamin Maides, Chef, Au Courant Regional Kitchen, Omaha, Nebraska