French Toast Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Some of the world's very best dishes started out with a piece of leftover bread. And in our campaign to Save the Leftover Bread, we've touched on a few, like brown bread ice cream and Indian style milk toast.

When I lived in Rome, I ate Mozzarella in Carozza for breakfast sometimes with coffee and it was always a sad, soggy, oily thing. It was my mistake. See, the time to eat these amazing sandwiches is immediately, standing in the kitchen. The old bread gets softened in what's essentially a French toast batter (milk, egg) and then browned in a pan. Meanwhile, the cheese inside melts. Other cheeses beside mozzarella work too, really good cheddar or gruyere, for example. And you could experiment with whatever bread you have leftover, thought it works really nicely with plain white bread. Serve it with a simple dressed salad to make it a meal.


2 slices bread
few slices cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. Sandwich the bread and cheese, pressing firmly to seal.
  2. Whisk the milk, egg, salt, and pepper together.
  3. Dip the sandwich in the mixture, letting it all soak up.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the sandwich until golden brown, flip and let the other side color too.

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