Written on January 16, 2013 at 8:30 am , by Kristin Porter
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Not the bowl of Cheerios with a sliced banana and almond milk, haphazardly thrown together then scarfed while tackling my inbox at 7am on a Monday morning mind you, rather, breakfast - real breakfast. The kind you can take your time to make on lazy weekend mornings. The kind that’s hot, filling, and something you can really sink your teeth into, like French Toasted Sausage & Pear “Hot Dogs”.
Smoked sausage, melty cheesy, and crispy pear slices are stuffed inside sweetened rolls then dunked in a spiced-egg batter and sauteed in butter until hot, pillowy, and MIND MELTING.
A final drizzle of real maple syrup takes these hand-held French toast sandwiches completely over the top. Smoky, sweet, and cheesy – I can’t get over how yummy these were!
Start the French Toasted Sausage & Pear “Hot Dogs” by sautéing smoked chicken sausages until brown and crisp. Meanwhile, make a sweetened egg batter for the French toast. Eggs are my number one favorite thing to make for breakfast. Scrambled eggs with mashed avocado, warm frittata with leftover roasted vegetables, over medium eggs with a hot piece of buttered toast – the possibilities are endless, inexpensive, and always, always, always easy.
Crack two eggs into a shallow dish then whisk with milk, vanilla, and spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg.
The bread used in this French toast is another reason why the dish is so yummy and unique. Instead of regular french bread, the recipe calls for King’s Hawaiian Hot Dog Buns, which have a lightly sweet taste on their own. I couldn’t find hot dog buns, so I used these Mini Sub Rolls.
Separate the sub rolls, then lay them out with the rest of the ingredients, including sliced provolone cheese, sliced red pears, and the sauteed chicken sausages.
On one side of the roll layer half a slice of cheese, 2 slices of red pear, and 1/2 a chicken sausage sliced in half. Place the other half of the roll on top then dunk the sandwich in the egg mixture on both sides.
Saute in melted butter over medium heat until golden brown on all four sides, then top with a drizzle of maple syrup and dig in. One bite and I promise you’ll never look at French toast the same way again!