Imagine the best French toast you've ever had, combined with the best ham and cheese sandwich you've ever had, topped with perfectly poached eggs. You don't need any Hollandaise because the poached egg yolks are the sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 sandwiches
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Whisk 2 eggs, cream, white sugar, salt, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and allspice together in a bowl until batter is thoroughly combined.

  • Lay bread slices into batter, one at a time, and let bread absorb the mixture. Turn bread slices in batter until almost all batter has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and melt butter in the hot skillet. Cook bread slices in the hot butter until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer French toast slices to a baking sheet.

  • Lay ham slices into the hot skillet and cook until meat begins to brown, about 1 minute per side.

  • To assemble, place a Cheddar cheese slice on a slice of French toast, top with 2 slices of ham, and lay a Havarti cheese slice over ham.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until French toast pieces are no longer wet, the batter is set, and cheese has melted and begun to brown, about 20 minutes.

  • Place sandwiches on serving plates and top each with 2 poached eggs. Season with kosher salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Tips

See Chef John's technique to turn out perfectly poached eggs every time.

Nutrition Facts

651 calories; protein 38g 76% DV; carbohydrates 25.9g 8% DV; fat 44.4g 68% DV; cholesterol 572.4mg 191% DV; sodium 1474.7mg 59% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2013
I really like the method and the idea behind this recipe. For me personally there is a little too much cinnamon allspice and sugar in the french toast but that is me - others may really like that. I forgot about the chives they are called for in the ingredients but not in the instructions I assume they were supposed to be used as a garnish. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/26/2014
This was good....ok really. We ate every bite but I'm not sure I would make it again. We didn't really particularly care for the way the flavors meshed. It is so simple to make for a beautiful presentation and it could just be our palettes. I encourage people to try it because the idea of it all is quite awesome. Read More
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123 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2013
I really like the method and the idea behind this recipe. For me personally there is a little too much cinnamon allspice and sugar in the french toast but that is me - others may really like that. I forgot about the chives they are called for in the ingredients but not in the instructions I assume they were supposed to be used as a garnish. Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
Just terrific! My husband a huge fan of Eggs Benedict was crazy about it which surprised me a little as he really enjoys a ridiculous amount of Hollandaise sauce on "normal" Benedict. This one's a keeper and would be great for holiday guests The only change I made was to substitute good sliced Swiss for the Havarti. Thanks for a great brunch Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2014
My daughter made this for my Mother's Day breakfast yesterday. All I can say is WOW!!!!! Due to the richness we only had one poached egg atop the delicious French toast which was more than enough. It was savory sweet and delectable. It was the perfect combination of my favorite sandwich the Monte Cristo and Eggs Benedict. Even my six-yr old son liked it. This recipe is now a keeper in our house. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/25/2014
This was good....ok really. We ate every bite but I'm not sure I would make it again. We didn't really particularly care for the way the flavors meshed. It is so simple to make for a beautiful presentation and it could just be our palettes. I encourage people to try it because the idea of it all is quite awesome. Read More
(12)
Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2015
I have made this twice testing it before I serve it at a brunch for 50. The first time I made it as written but without the allspice. I thought the savory overpowered the sweet. I guess I am looking for more of a monte cristo and less of a eggs benedict. The second time I made it (again without the allspice and added a sprinkle of sugar to the batter) but didn't serve the poached eggs. Instead I drizzled it with maple syrup. The salty/sweet combo is perfect that way. That is what I'll be serving at the big brunch! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2014
Delicious! I made this for supper. I don t have a sweet tooth so I omitted the sugar and reduced the allspice and cinnamon to just a dash each in the batter. The whipping cream is sweet enough without the need for additional sugar. I also omitted the salt from the batter because I didn t see any reason for it when the ham is already salty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2013
This was excellent. The taste is indulgent and memorable like one would associate with a holiday tradition. My children 12 & 6 enjoyed this as much as I did. Thank you for sharing this with us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2016
If you are reading reviews to decide whether or not to make this just make it already. I make this all the time. This is a fantastic breakfast. I have substituted the Cheddar for Smoked Gouda at times which I really enjoy. I have also just used the french toast as is and served it up with maple syrup. Everyone who tries this really likes it. I bought a egg poacher pot specifically for this recipe to help save time because I wind up making this for large groups. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2014
I made this for my husband for Father's Day brunch and he absolutely loved it. He said it was the best breakfast he ever had. So did the kids. They asked if I could make it again tomorrow?? Read More
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