Thursday, September 23, 2010

Joel's Famous Bagel French Toast

Joel is back!  He has once again agreed to gracefully indulge my blog with one of his family favorite recipes.  He has a unique way of sharing himself and his life, in a style that he can call all his own.  His home is filled with women.  A beautiful wife, and two beautiful identical pre-teen twin daughters, who no doubt keep him on his toes.

If you missed Joel's first guest post you can catch-up by clicking the link below.

tomatoesonthevine-velva.blogspot.com/2010/06/chicken-and-asparagus-roulades.html

A typical "WFD" (What's for Dinner?) conversation at the Greene House on any given evening goes something like this (excerpt from a recent email):

"Last night, I decided I wanted waffles with sliced strawberries for dinner.  Ran it by the family.  Jackie says, I'd prefer pancakes.  Haley says yes to pancakes, but wants them with banana in them.  Lindsay says I prefer waffles, but I'll go with pancakes if we can make them with banana and chocolate chip.  So, that's what "we"ended up with after I decided that I wanted waffles.  I don't like living in a democratic household."

This makes a really good weeknight meal.  My home life during the week is chaotic at best, getting a meal on the table that is fast and tasty is sometimes almost impossible. I plan on serving this up for dinner (Note: In fact, I am trying to figure as I am typing, if I have enough bagels in the refrigerator to serve up this dish tonight before soccer.)

Without further delay, here is Joel's infamous Bagel French Toast recipe.

Joel's Famous Bagel French Toast Recipe

This is a simple variation on an old classic, and very simple to make. Instead of regular bread, use bagels for your french toast. The tougher texture makes for a chewier and more tasty bite.  My girls only like plain bagels, but I prefer sesame myself (Oooh, mental note, next time try raisin bagels).

Directions:
Tear your favorite bagels into small bite size pieces and throw them in a large mixing bowl.  This makes it easier to make sure that they brown evenly on all sides when cooking.


Mix one egg per bagel into a mixing bowl with a little bit of milk, a little vanilla, and cinnamon to taste.



Pour mixture over the bagels slowly, stirring the bagel bites as you pour to make sure that they all get coated evenly.


Put on griddle about 5 minutes or so, tossing them frequently so that they brown, but don't burn (although I prefer the burnt pieces as they do get crispy).


That's it.  Simple.  And it always get raves.


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51 comments:

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

This is INSPIRED!!! Who would have thought? So simple AND it's alread cut into bite sized pieces when you're done! My daughter and I love French Toast. Can't wait to try this next time she comes home!
Susan

A Year on the Grill said...

welcome back Joel, looks fabulous!!!

Design Wine and Dine said...

So interesting! Love stuff like this - seems like a great way to use up bagels that might be a tad bit stale too! Great idea Joel!

Jay said...

wowww...nice clicks with beautiful presentation...love this recipe...

Tasty Appetite

Dishesdone said...

What a great idea!

Beth said...

That looks great. I must admit that when I'm cooking, it isn't a democracy. If they want a vote, they get to cook!

The Japanese Redneck said...

We have to sometimes vote on meals too...

Looks good, nice to meet you.

girlichef said...

OH,sounds awesome!!






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi,

Amazing recipe...looks so yummy...

Lovely clicks...

Dr.Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Angie's Recipes said...

It looks yummy! Are two gals twins? They look almost the same..;-)

Pam said...

It looks delicious and the girls definitely look like identical twins!!! Funny with the democratic household. Great post!

Sommer J said...

Looks so yummy very unique!!

TKW said...

I've never thought to use bagels? Interesting! Breakfast for dinner is always a hit over at my house.

Sophie said...

What a tasty dish,...very original & apart too!

MMMMMMMMMM,..!!

Celeste said...

That looks yummy! This is a great and unique idea! I especially love the Teletubby placemat! :)

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

This is awesome... part French toasst, part bread pudding, part Matzoh Brei (except with a bagel). Awesome!

Barbara said...

I've never seen anything like this, Velva! And my mouth is watering. I love the idea; kind of like bread pudding, or soaked french toast. I'd like the crunchy bits too.
Can't wait to make this!

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

What a great idea! Now I'm speculating about trying this with various types of bread--french, challah,cinnamon raisin, torn up, cubed, who knows?

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Great job with this creative French toast recipe.

Marguerite said...

Great idea and looks scrumptious!

Susi said...

Very, very creative and sounds delicious! My kids would love this for breakfast!

Eliana said...

What an awesome idea. Looks so delicious.

Joel Greene, Iron Chef said...

I'm so pleased to see all of these comments. I've just told my girls, my identical twin pains in my butt, that they are like mini-celebrities. It's pouring rain outside now. One of them just asked me if she could grab the shampoo and go out on the driveway. The other one asked "Why not?" when I replied "NO!" I'd like to slap the person that came up with the idea of "early release" from school day.

BTW people, for another twist on an old breakfast favorite, try this. Make your french toast the way you normally would (with bread) and then instead of a frying pan, place the battered bread on your waffle iron. I call this creation "Fraffles." Bon Apetit

Stella said...

Bagel French Toast!? That's an idea, and it does sound quite satisfying I must say. Plus, those girls are really cute (smile)...
p.s. Thanks for your sweet comment, Velva. I do feel that way. Moving is just not fun-a get it over with type of thing!

Annalisa said...

Lovely post!
I love it!Thank you for you nice comment on my blog, you're always welcome!
Annalisa

Sherry said...

Will be making both versions this weekend! Fraffles! What a fantastic idea! Our grandkids will be the helpers!

Pierce said...

VERY nice. Excuse the caps but wow - that looks fantastic. Pass me a plate.

My Little Space said...

Ooo... what a great idea of making bagel french toast! Oh boy, I can almost smell it from here. Thanks for sharing & have a great day.
Kristy

Joanne said...

Damn this basically sounds like a carb whore's dream. I mean...my dream.

Chow and Chatter said...

fun post love the telly tubby mats he he

Raina said...

Great recipe! I love breakfast for dinner. I also love how easy this is and boy does it sound tasty:)

scrambledhenfruit said...

Great idea! No soggy middles here- I love that it's in little pieces!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the idea of a bagel french toast, super delicious!

Holly said...

This looks awesome! We are always on the lookout for new breakfast ideas and this one is new to me!!;)

Lyndsey said...

Mmmm...I like simple and tasty recipies. I think the bagel with raisins would be great too!

Mary said...

I'd walk a million miles for a serving of these. I'll probably have to :-). Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Plain Jane said...

That sounds delicious. Too bad I only have jalapeno bagles. I can't image that would work.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am glad to have found yours :)

"WFD"- love this. going to have to start using it!

Jennifer

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love to see kids cook - it is what I do - and this is a great idea! Fun post! Most importantly - I am subscribed!
:)
Valerie

lakeviewer said...

Now, that's a treat! And who are the chefs? So responsible, so cute, and so dedicated?

Ana Powell said...

Welcome back.
Absolutely delicious ♥

theUngourmet said...

fun photos! I haven't French toast like this before. It looks fabulous!

Kim said...

How creative! I never gave any thought to breaking up the bagel like that. Definitely a fun idea. Love it!

Chris said...

What a cool alternative to the same ol' french toast. Great job, Joel.

Joel Greene, Iron Chef said...

Guess what the kids begged me to make them for breakfast this morning? It used to be my oatmeal/cottage cheese pancakes which we all enjoyed, but as good as they are, no one ever requests them any more since I came up with the whole bagel french toast idea. I'm thrilled to see so many people have enjoyed this post and this recipe.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Delicious and very creative idea! French toast is a favorite of mine and I can't wait to try this wonderful version.

Indie.Tea said...

Bagel French toast, how interesting. And are those the twins? They're cute :)

LaDivaCucina said...

Um, yes please, I'll take a big ol' pile of that french toasted bagel goodness RIGHT NOW!

Chef E said...

I got a kick out of the two cooks having the same expression on their faces while doing something they obviously have down pat! Love this...

Salsa Verde said...

Must be delicious!!
Lia

Ingrid said...

Oh, that's great way to use up the last couple of bagels that don't seem to get eaten. Thanks for sharing!
~ingrid

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