Apple-Gruyère French Toast With Red Onion

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Apple-Gruyère French Toast With Red Onion

Apple-Gruyère French Toast With Red Onion

Sep 30, 2016Fall, Recipes

As we ease; ever so slowly into fall, I look for recipes that give me the flavors of the season without the heartiness of soups and casseroles. Apple season hit the market like gangbusters this week and since our coolest temperatures tend to be in the morning, this recipe seems to be exactly what I am looking for. Even though it calls for challah, any sort of thick sliced, soft type of bread will work. Add in the sweetness of the apple and red onion with the tang of the gruyere and we have a winning breakfast/brunch for months to come.


  • 2 1 3/4-inch-thick slices challah bread from middle of loaf
  • 3 ounces grated Gruyère cheese (about 3/4 cup)
  • ¼ small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small apple, cored, quartered and very thinly sliced
  • Fried eggs, for serving, optional


  1. Place one slice of bread on kitchen counter, the bottom crust nearest you. Cut into bottom crust, parallel to counter, to make a pocket. Do not cut all the way to top of slice; bread should remain attached there. Tuck half the cheese and onion slices in pocket. Repeat with other slice.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour custard into a wide, shallow dish. Soak stuffed bread in custard, turning once halfway through, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half the apple slices in a single layer and cook for 1 minute. Place bread slices in pan, covering apples. Arrange remaining apple slices on top of bread; cook 1 minute more.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and increase heat to medium; cook until bottoms are golden, about 2 minutes. Carefully turn bread and apples and cook until bread is golden and cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve topped with fried eggs if desired.

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