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What to Serve with French Toast (with Recipe)

Knowing what to serve with French toast is important. After all, French toast lovers expect this delicious breakfast food to be surrounded by other, equally delicious dishes.

traditional french toast and french toast casserole

Sure, a drizzle of maple syrup is all you need, but it’s so much fun to have other yummy things alongside and on top of your French toast.

Easy French Toast Recipe

I make this delicious French toast casserole, but there’s another easy way to enjoy this amazing food. The recipe is super simple, and you only need a few ingredients to make a tasty breakfast that’s the perfect start to any day.

plate of french toast with syrup

This is the perfect breakfast recipe. We also enjoy it for a Sunday brunch when we need a change of pace. I also like it as a main dish for supper because it’s such a great comfort food.

Ingredients for French Toast

There are lots of different French toast recipes. I’ve tried a number of them, and this is the one I usually make.

sliced loaf of whole grain bread

You only need a few basic ingredients for this classic French toast recipe:

  • Bread
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Butter or nonstick spray
milk, vanilla, and egg
ground cinnamon
stick of butter on butter dish

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

You can use whatever bread you have on hand. I use gluten free bread for myself. My husband prefers French bread. 

When we have leftover bread, whether it’s Italian bread or any of the crusty artisan breads, I’ll use that for him. I’ve also used white bread and whole wheat bread. 

I like to use thick slices of bread, but it really doesn’t matter. The best bread for this recipe is whatever you have on hand. 

You can even use slightly stale bread as long as it’s not too far gone. The good news is that once it’s coated in the egg mixture, cooked, and drizzled with something delicious, it will taste better than ever.

How to Make French Toast

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, milk, and vanilla extract. You can add the cinnamon now or sprinkle it on later.

Either spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray or melt the butter in a hot skillet.

Dip one side of the bread in the egg mixture. Flip the bread over and dip the other side. 

Place the eggy bread in a single layer in the hot skillet. Turn the heat down to medium.

Cook the French toast until golden brown on the bottom, and then flip it over to cook the other side.

After the bread is browned on both sides, remove it from the heat and serve.

*Note: If you’re making breakfast for a lot of people, you can put the coated bread slices on a greased baking sheet and place it in a 350˚ F oven. We call this a French toast bake.

Great Ways to Serve This Classic Breakfast Dish

Sometimes I enjoy a savory French toast, but most of the time I like some sort of sweet syrup or topping. Whether you like savory or sweet on top of your French toast, you’re sure to find something here to enjoy with your meal.

sausage patties on air fryer

Air Fried Sausage Patties 

You can either form these yourself or purchase them already formed into patties. Just pop them into your air fryer, turn it on, and you’ll have some delicious sausage patties. Sure, you can cook these in a pan, but you’re already busy using the pan for making French toast.

spoon of strawberry topping

Serve Strawberry Topping with French Toast

I originally made this delicious strawberry topping for cheesecake. But it’s absolutely perfect for drizzling over pieces of French toast. I like to make this with fresh strawberries, but frozen strawberries are good too! Your taste buds will thank you for this one!

bowl of cinnamon applesauce

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Here’s a recipe that is easy because all you have to do is cut up the apples and dump all of the ingredients into your slow cooker. In just a few hours, you’ll have the most amazing applesauce you’ve ever tasted. Your house will smell good too! It makes a great French toast topping, or you can serve it on the side.

turkey sausage frying in a skillet

Turkey Sausage

You won’t believe how easy it is to make sausage from scratch. I used ground turkey to make this one. But you can do the same thing with ground pork. I love the simple magic of adding some of my favorite ingredients to create something that makes the whole family so happy.

slices of bacon

Air Fryer Bacon

Of course, I have to mention bacon when covering what to serve with French toast. After all, it’s a natural pairing! And who doesn’t love bacon, right? This air fryer bacon from Natasha’s Kitchen is deliciously crispy and the perfect food to go with French toast, regardless of how you make it.

bowl of blueberry sauce

Serve Blueberry Sauce with French Toast

This blueberry sauce is a fruity sweet syrup that is good on so many things. We enjoy it on French toast, ice cream, waffles, pancakes, pound cake, and whatever else we can find to put it on. It’s easy to make with either frozen or fresh berries.

bowl of peanut butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

If you’ve never had homemade peanut butter, this is an excellent time to try it. Add it to the top of French toast that’s still hot out of the skillet, and it will melt down the sides. Or you can wait a few minutes and slather it on for a delicious French toast sandwich! You’ll love the nutty flavor!

slice of frittata

Rice Cooker Frittata

If you want the perfect balance of sweet and savory on the same plate, add a slice of this rice cooker frittata. Yes, you read that right. You cook this wonderful frittata in a rice cooker, freeing up your space and time to make the French toast!

vegetable omelet

Vegetable Omelet

This is a super easy way to make a vegetable omelet. You can follow the recipe as is or swap out some of the ingredients for whatever you want.

fluffy scrambled eggs

Scrambled Eggs

This recipe from Southern Bite shows the the way to make perfect scrambled eggs. They’re light, fluffy, and cooked until done … not a minute longer! You’ll get way more compliments than you ever thought possible when you cook scrambled eggs this way.

Fruit, yogurt, and granola in a parfait dish
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Serve a Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with French Toast

This wonderful fruit and yogurt parfait gives you different textures that make the meal so satisfying. I like making the parfaits in advance to keep meal preparation simple. I like to use a colorful variety of fruit to add more visual appeal to the table.

ham and egg muffin cups on a plate with fruit

Ham and Egg Muffin Cups

This is a delicious dish that you make in a muffin tin. Most of the time, I make enough for each adult to have two and each child to have one. And I’m sure no one will complain if you have a few extras so people can have seconds. This is a great way to get a side of protein to go with French toast.

More Delicious Toppings for French Toast

I’ve already listed some toppings that I make from scratch. Here are some more wonderful toppings to make the perfect French toast for your family:

platter of French toast with fresh fruit
  • Any fresh fruit
  • Fresh berries
  • Berry compote
  • Sprinkling of brown sugar
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Classic maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Ice cream (Kids will love this!)
  • Banana or orange slices
  • Almond butter
  • Blueberry or strawberry yogurt
  • Fried egg

Don’t Forget the Drinks to Serve with French Toast

My favorite morning beverage is coffee. But we often have something else to drink when we have a big spread for breakfast. 

Here are some of our favorite breakfast drinks:

Simplicity of Classic French Toast

A lot of people will be impressed when you make a delicious breakfast of French toast and some of the side dishes and toppings listed. Pan fry the French toast or cook it in the oven.

It’s really not difficult to create a breakfast fit for royalty with just a few simple ingredients!

Yield: 4 servings

Classic French Toast

plate of french toast with syrup

This classic French toast is always a crowd pleaser for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup of milk (regular milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or a spritz of nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Whisk the egg, milk, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Add the cinnamon to the mixture or sprinkle it on later.
  2. Melt the butter in a hot skillet. Or if you prefer, spray nonstick cooking spray in the skillet.
  3. Dip bread into the egg mixture and coat both sides of the bread.
  4. Turn down the heat and place the egg-coated bread in the hot skillet. Cook over medium heat until the bottom is golden brown.
  5. Flip the bread and cook the other side until it is also a golden brown color.

Notes

Serve with a side of protein and your favorite toppings or syrups.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 140Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 56mgSodium 202mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 5g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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