Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast takes a delicious twist on classic French toast and is stuffed with ricotta, spinach and slathered with marinara sauce for an amazing breakfast for dinner meal!

Italian-Style Stuffed French ToastFor the first time (finally) I am joining in on Pass the Cook Book Club’s monthly cookbook pick. Pass the Cook Book Club is an amazing cook book club that I’ve had the privilege of being a part of for two months now whose motto is “Dust off those unused cookbooks as once a month we post and share recipes from a randomly selected book.

 

Every month, members create recipes from a selection from the cookbook of the month, and always produce delectable looking pictures of the already amazing recipes. This month’s cookbook is Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil, chosen by our lovely host, Erin from The Spiffy Cookie. I decided to make their Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast.

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To say this stuffed french toast was divine would be an understatement. I know I was everything is packed with flavour, but really, cooked down spinach, ricotta and parmesan cheese,  lemon zest and fresh herbs for the filling alone?! My mouth was watering from just making it and was totally satisfied with just one bite. I took a piece before shooting and ending up devouring that entire piece. I love that garlic powder is added into the coating for the bread and the flavour is subtle but lends greatly to the savoury twist of this french toast. I have to say, Lindsay and Taylor hit the jackpot on this recipe AND the entire cookbook.

Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast

This is a recipe that not only would I make again, but will be in my regular dinner rotation for quite a while. I think the marinara sauce on top was an ingenious addition since it compliments the ricotta perfectly. Since I’m already such a huge breakfast for dinner fan, this is definitely a winner in my book.

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Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast
To celebrate this amazing cookbook, we of Pass the Cook Book are giving away a copy of Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil! Just follow along with the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter to win! There will be three winners.

While you’re entering, I’ll go back to finishing up this french toast. It’s literally calling my name. Trust me, you’re going to need this cookbook.
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Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast

Serves 8     adjust servings

Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast takes a delicious twist on classic French toast and is stuffed with ricotta, spinach and slathered with marinara sauce for an amazing breakfast for dinner meal!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups (6 oz.) loosely packed fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into eight 1-1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, warmed

Instructions

  1. For the filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook until wilted, 1-2 minutes. Let cool then coarsely chop.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chopped spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, lemon zest, basil, and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Using a small serrated knife, cut a horizontal pocket in the side of each slice of bread. Gently fill with 1-2 tablespoons on filling and press closed.
  3. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and garlic powder.
  4. In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat add one tablespoon of oil. Working with one slice at a time, dip into egg mixture, flipping to coat both sides. Place in pan with the hot oil. Repeat with 2-3 more slices without overloading the pan. Cook for 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining slices, adding more oil as needed.
  5. Transfer to plates, spoon warm marinara over top, and serve.

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Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast

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75 comments

  1. My gosh these do look rather lush. Fab pics too. Can people in Europe enter this competition?

    • Jessica says:

      Aw thanks Bintu! No, sorry, the giveaway is only open to US and Canada. Thanks, I’m going to put that in!

  2. This sounds amazing, Jess! Love the idea of the tomato sauce and spinach and ricotta filling! Definitely need to try this out soon! 🙂

  3. Monica says:

    I love breakfast for dinner…or any meal! It’s hard to pick a favorite…but I’d say just a “diner special” – bacon/ham eggs with some sauteed potatoes. My son wouldn’t mind a side of fluffy pancakes. : )

  4. Jessica, this book sounds wonderful … what a brilliant idea that french toast is! I would easily eat a whole (big) plate of that to myself for dinner. 🙂

  5. These look so amazing!! I am trying this next!!

  6. Yay this turned out great! I’m so excited that everyone loves what they made. It was so hard picking just three recipes from this cookbook.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Erin! NO really, thank you! You did a fantastic job as host!

  7. Kristen says:

    Your French Toast looks so wonderful. The recipes this month were all so good, it was hard to choose!

  8. Erica says:

    Oh my gosh my mouth is watering. I need to make this like now.

  9. Breakfast for dinner is the best! This Italian style stuffed French toast sounds amazing.

  10. Bonni says:

    Love the Italian style. French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts, especially stuffed (usually with fruit). Must give this a try for dinner.

  11. Oh man what a cool idea! This must be a great cookbook! Looks amazing too Jessica! Beautiful job!

  12. Kelly says:

    Breakfast for dinner is my favorite! I love the sound of this ricotta-spinach stuffed french toast – it looks amazing especially topped with the marinara sauce – yum!

  13. Laura P. says:

    Love to make Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or a warm blueberry sauce with marscapone whipped cream!

  14. Mallory says:

    Looks amazing. I think it will be breakfast for supper tonight!

  15. Suzanne says:

    Your french toast is very mouth watering, I want to dive in, I had never heard of a savory french toast but now I wish I would have made it. Great photos!

  16. I couldn’t decide if the French toast would be good or not but the more I see and read about it today I know I will be making this recipe in the near future.

  17. I love this idea of a savory French toast, especially since we can’t get enough of breakfast for dinner!! It seriously looks beyond amazing, Jessica. Cannot wait to give it a go!

  18. Ok you’ve convinced me I need to make this soon, I was having a hard time choosing which recipe to make, but now Im convinced this will be dinner soon on night 🙂

  19. ela@GrayApron says:

    A beautiful spin on a classic! A touch of Italian always makes things better for me. 🙂 ela

  20. Awesome French toast, Jessica. I really enjoy that spinach filling.

  21. Savory french toast!? Brilliant idea. It looks delicious. 🙂

  22. YOU ARE MAKING ME FAT…… but I like it 😉

    pinned!

    • Jessica says:

      hahaha you always crack me up! Thanks for pinning Christine 🙂

  23. Looks amazing! I love the twist of adding the filling and the marinara sauce. A savory dish is always a friend of mine 😀

  24. Ohhh I love French toast and all things breakfast for dinner, so I know I would totally enjoy these! That filling sounds so delish with the marinara on top, and these look killer! xxx

  25. karen says:

    I love omelettes for dinner! I am never very hungry in the morning, so I love breakfast for dinner, when I can really enjoy it

  26. Darlene Sullins says:

    I am still a sucker for good ol’ pancakes 🙂

  27. Oh yum!! Love french toast, Italian food, and breakfast for dinner. These look perfect! I can see these being a welcome addition to our dinner usuals around here, too.

  28. Tahnycooks says:

    How fun is this recipe! Savory french toast is a must try!

  29. This is such a yum idea for a savory fench toast! Bravo Jessica, it looks delish!

  30. such a great looking toast! love ricotta cheese!

  31. shelleyb says:

    I love mixing things up and serving breakfast for dinner. I’d love to try, Ricotta & Spinach Grilled Cheese. Thanks for sharing.

  32. I love to make frittatas for dinner, I make them at least once a week. This Italian Style French Toast looks amazing! What a genius idea to basically use garlic bread to replace the noodles, I love it!

  33. This french toast looks unbelievable!!

  34. I mean….whoa. I LOVE this savory version of french toast-ricotta, marinara, spinach….mmmm!! I love Italian food so yeah I’m sold!

  35. What a creative way to change up French toast. Such a fun idea.

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