French Toast Sandwich
(courtesy of Ralph Backstrom, owner, Pacific Crest Coffee Co. in Truckee. Serves 1)
¼ cup water
2 slices bread
1 slice cheese (Gruyère or Cheddar recommended)
1 to 2 thin slices Black Forest ham
2 tablespoons butter or oil of your choice
Break eggs into a rectangular casserole dish and whisk with a fork. Submerge both slices of bread in the egg and turn to coat both sides.
(“This is a good time to fall back to coffee brewing for a few minutes, if that’s part of your program,” Backstrom says.)
Heat oil or butter in a cast-iron skillet, then place both bread slices in pan. Cook on one side for 4 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned, then flip over. Place the Black Forest ham, warmed in a pan if possible, and your choice of sliced cheese on one slice of bread. Then top with other bread slice (cooked side down) on top of the cheese and ham. Cover, then cook for a few minutes. Flip and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes or until the cheese is melted.