When it comes to French foods, people often think about elegant, sophisticated, and even expensive dishes. However, French people also love a good, hearty breakfast. These French breakfast recipes are sweet and savory, filling your stomach with nutritious ingredients.
Here are 20 easy recipes with ingredients you may find at so many stores or pantries.
1. Croque Madam
An iconic French bread breakfast, croque madame is a sandwich made of brioche-type bread: typical fillings cheese, ham, fried egg, and bechamel sauce. The egg is a soft sunny side up, so the yolk oozes out when the sandwich is cut. You can make bechamel sauce with skim milk.
2. Simple Breakfast Muffin
These simple French breakfast muffins are made of simple ingredients. You only need salted butter, flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Additional flavors come from cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Simple French Breakfast
Simple “French breakfast” consists of several items: bread, fruits, condiment, and hot beverage. Usually, it consists of croissants, baguette or pain au chocolate, butter, jam, and hot chocolate or coffee. Fresh fruits like grapes or peaches are served in manageable sizes.
4. Breakfast Radish Toast
Radishes are prominent in French cuisine, but have you ever tried breakfast radish toast? This light dish consists of bagels, radish slices, cream cheese, and dill. The brilliant color and fresh flavor make the toast perfect for breakfast or brunch.
5. Radish Toast with Poached Egg
Another breakfast radish toast, this one uses slightly larger radish cuts. The radishes are seared with butter and thyme for extra flavor. Adding a poached egg on top provides protein to help you going through the day.
6. Breakfast Pizza with French Bread
Use baguette to make a delicious breakfast pizza. The bread is topped with shredded cheese, scrambled eggs, bacon bits, and scallions. After short baking (10 to 15 minutes), you can cut and serve the bread before eating it with salsa or sour cream.
7. Gluten-free Breakfast Strata
This breakfast strata (casserole) consists of gluten-free ingredients for the healthier meal. The ingredients are a gluten-free baguette, plain ham, eggs, herbs, butter, garlic, feta, and parmesan. The vegetables can be anything, but this recipe uses celery and onions.
8. Oven Toasts with Eggs and Cream
These toasts get a delicious twist with cream. You can place two slices of bread on a baking tray. Slowly crack an egg on each bread, so it stays. Pour warm cream on top and around the bread (generously) — Bake in the oven for 13 minutes. The result is creamy, satisfying, almost cheesy toasts.
9. Breakfast Radish Kimchi
Korean and French culinary traditions merge in this radish kimchi. You need about 20 minutes to make it, but you can keep it for about one week. The kimchi paste is made of garlic, ginger, mushroom broth, and sugar. Use kosher salt to brine the radishes.
10. French Toast
Classic French toast breakfast is popular around the world. You cannot go wrong with bread covered by milk, eggs, and cinnamon powder before being toasted. You can enjoy the slices with syrup, chocolate sauce, fruits, or whipped cream.
11. Rolled-up French Toast
A twist of regular French toast, this menu is more suitable for light breakfast or party snacks. The bread is thinner (so you can roll the slices easily), and there are creative ingredients like jam, cheese, and chocolate.
12. Spring Salad with Goat Cheese Toast
This spring salad has vibrant colors from fennel, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, and red quinoa. Two slices of baguette toasts with goat cheese complete the salad. This is a complete and nutritious meal to give you fiber and minerals.
13. Easy French Omelet
This French omelet is simple, satisfying, and savory. The main ingredients are eggs and water instead of milk. The filling can be anything you like, such as ham and cheese. It is quick, fluffy, and full of protein.
14. Avocado Toast with Radish
French-style avocado toasts get an update with radish slices. The bread is gluten-free and lightly buttered before toasted. Adding fresh avocado and radish slices make the bread taste fresher. The toast offers fiber, vitamins, and minerals to start the day.
15. Kale, Radish, Egg, and Prosciutto Breakfast
This wholesome breakfast consists of everything you need from a healthy meal: vegetables, eggs, and a little meat protein. The dish consists of kale, radish, red onions, fried eggs, tomatoes, chili pepper, and a little cheese.
16. Pumpkin French Toast Rolls
These rolled French toasts have actual pumpkins as the filings, not just synthetic spices. The bread is challah, and the filings are pumpkin, mascarpone cheese, caramel, and vanilla frosting. You can keep the rolled toasts in the fridge, or bake them by adding egg coat beforehand.
17. Spiced French Toast with Pear
Spices add rich flavor to this multi-grain French toast. The batter mixture is mixed with cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and a little salt. The pear is roasted on the pan while the slices are baked. Put the roasted pear on top of each bread for serving.
18. Protein-packed Pumpkin French Toast
This French toast recipe is perfect for boosting your energy. The milk batter is mixed with vanilla protein powder, making it a perfect breakfast before hard physical activities. Adding pumpkin to the batter makes the flavor richer.
19. Baked French Toast with Apple Slices
This recipe is “apple pie in the form of French toast”. Instead of placing apple slices on top of baked bread, you bake the fruit together with it. Adding cinnamon and nutmeg makes the French toast like apple pie. Add Greek yogurt and cinnamon powder on top for extra calcium.
20. Ricotta and Tangerine French Toast
This French toast recipe uses tangerine segments and skims ricotta to create amazing flavor. The recipe uses whole-grain bread to create a more balanced breakfast meal. Use low-fat/nonfat milk to reduce the calorie from the French toast.
French foods have hearty, easy, and healthy breakfast recipes you can try anytime. You are free to modify these recipes with various twists to create new flavors. These French breakfast recipes will energize your body before facing the day’s challenges.