Stuffed Savory Ham & Cheese French Toast

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 C Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 scallions, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 slices of ham (preferably black forest)
8 thick slices day-old white bread
4 eggs
1/2  milk
few shakes of hot sauce, to taste
butter and vegetable oil, for cooking
powdered sugar and maple syrup, to serve

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and Cheddar with the scallions. Season with salt and pepper. Spread 4 slices of bread generously with the filling, lay a slice of ham on top of each one, and top with the remaining bread slices, making 4 sandwiches.

In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Dip each sandwich in the batter, turning to coat both sides and allowing each side to soak up some of the batter. Do not soak too long or the sandwich will fall apart when you lift them.

In a large skillet, heat a little butter and vegetable oil. When it's good and hot, lay some sandwiches in the skillet and cool them to a rich brown. Turn and cook the other side. Keep warm while you make the rest. Serve immediately, with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and with maple syrup on the side.

Serves 4

Source~ 500 Breakfast and Brunch recipes by Carol Beckerman
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