French toast "cordon bleu"

French toast "cordon bleu"
You are probably familiar with those "cordon bleu" chicken breasts filled with ham and melted cheese that so many kids seem to enjoy.

Here's a lighter, bread-based version that is deliciously moist. The bread is dipped in egg, like for French toast, then in a coating of breadcrumbs with herbs before being fried.
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Last modified on: February 12th 2017

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
Cut 4 slices bread fairly thick. This is a good way to use up bread that has started to go dry.

Split each slice horizontally, but without cutting all the way through, to form a "pocket".

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"

Stage 3 - 2 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
Mix the chopped herbs with 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.

Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Stage 4 - 6 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
In a frying pan, fry 4 slices ham lightly on both sides.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
Fill each slice of bread with a slice of ham and slices of cheese (Comté shown here).

Stage 6 - 2 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
In a bowl beat 4 Eggs briefly with 50 g liquid cream, salt and pepper.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
Pour the beaten eggs into a shallow dish and put the egg and breadcrumb mixture in another.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
Dip both sides of the sandwiches first in the beaten egg...

Stage 9 - 3 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
...then in the breadcrumb coating.

Prepare all the sandwiches like this.

Stage 10 - 4 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
Pour 50 g butter and 4 tablespoons oil into a large frying pan on medium heat.

When hot, lay the sandwiches in the pan and cook until golden brown on the first side.

Stage 11
French toast "cordon bleu"
You can turn the heat down at this stage and cover the pan with a sheet of aluminium foil for 2 or 3 minutes to help melt the cheese, but this is not essential if you are using a soft-paste cheese (see below for more about this).

Stage 12 - 4 min.
French toast "cordon bleu"
When the underneath is nicely browned, turn the sandwiches over and cook the other side.

Stage 13
French toast "cordon bleu"
Serve piping hot.
For the cheese, use whatever you prefer, but do note that if you use a hard-paste cheese (Comté, Emmental, etc.) the texture will be less "melting" than with a soft-paste cheese (Saint-Nectaire, Mont d'Or, etc.) - something children usually love.
Should be eaten immediately.
Based on a recipe by Jacqueline Ury.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,847 Kcal or 11,920 Kj373 gr2,348 gr245 gr
142 %144 %222 %37 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
316 Kcal or 1,323 Kj41 gr261 gr27 gr
16 %16 %25 %4 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
712 Kcal or 2,981 Kj93 gr587 gr61 gr
36 %36 %55 %9 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, leaven, Milk, Egg
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  • For 4 people : 4.16 €
  • Per person : 1.04 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
CheeseCheese: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Poitevin twist, Endive and cheese salad with croutons, Hamburgers, Winemaker's toast, Savoury mini-madeleines with 2 cheeses, ... All
Liquid creamLiquid cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Tatin apples with mascarpone cream, Pistachio ice cream, Langres-style spinach, Flamiche, Creamy cauliflower with smoked salmon, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Creamy polenta with green asparagus, Roasted cauliflower, Gratin of chicken with rice and sautéed mushrooms, Smoked eggs, Apple Batter Puddings, ... All
EggEgg: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cashew-nut and Parmesan biscuits, Stuffed baguette , Gâteau Basque , X-Files cookies, Crunchy salad, ... All
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