Cheese grenki, or the Russian take on French toast
Cheesy, fragrant from garlic and spices, these cheese grenki are a Russian take on savoury French toast will make any morning into one worth savouring.
Author Ksenia Prints
3-4slicesof thick bread
½cupmilkor if you're feeling rich, an equal mixture of milk and cream
spices of your choiceoregano, chili, etc
parsley or cilantro and ripe tomatoesfor serving (optional)
Grate ½ cup of vegan cheese. Mix with nutritional yeast for a more cheesy flavour, if desired.
Mince garlic finely. Cut bread.
In a bowl large enough to dunk your bread pieces into, whisk eggs very well, as if for a very fluffy omelette, until bubbles appear on the surface. Add milk, salt, pepper, and spices of your choice.
To a heavy-bottomed pan with a lid, add 1 Tbs of vegan butter replacement (or butter), and 2 Tbs of oil. Bring pan to medium heat.
Dip bread into eggy mixture. Leave to soak for 5-10 seconds on each side (depends on your bread: fluffy white sandwich bread needs less soaking, tough rye needs more).
Place bread slices on preheated and pre-oiled pan, and fry for about two-five minutes on one side, covered (until bread is golden brown - do not let it burn! Length of time will depend on your oven and bread itself). Turn bread slices over to the other side, and lower heat to low-medium. While the bread is frying, sprinkle the already-fried side (that's facing you) with shredded cheese and minced garlic, and cover with a lid or a bowl to allow the cheese to soften a bit. Let cook until cheese melts and bread is fried, about five minutes.
Remove from hot pan onto a paper-towel lined plate. Serve immediately, sprinkled with chopped parsley (in my house, particularly gluttonous morning involved layering each grenka with tomatoes and sour cream. But that's just greedy.... and delicious).
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