This za’atar stuffed french toast is so simple to make with just a handful of ingredients needed! It is now on our weekly brunch rotation, especially since it is toddler friendly too! It is the perfect savory brunch dish for everyone to enjoy.
I have never seen za’atar french toast, let alone a za’atar stuffed french toast. But, if you follow my social media accounts or even scroll through my website, I am sure you have noticed my love affair for za’atar. It is a fantastic Middle Eastern seasoning blend that is used in marinades, dressings, as a topping, dip, or here!
This recipe was actually inspired by my 15-month-old son, who isn’t a fan of eggs. I tried servings eggs in so many ways, from scrambled to hardboiled to mixing them in with something he enjoys. Most of it would end up on the ground. But, one day, I made him cinnamon french toast, and he liked it! So, I thought of a savory version and made this the following morning. It is a great way to sneak extra protein into his meals! It was so good that my husband requested seconds, and that is when I stuffed it with Arabic white cheese. It really made it special. Cheese has that effect!
Ingredients you need for my Za’atar stuffed French toast recipe
- Za’atar– This is a seasoning blend made of dried za’atar mixed with sesame seeds and sumac. In the states, most of the time, you will find dried oregano and thyme as well in the blend. This seasoning is what is going to flavor our egg mixture to coat the toast.
- Olive oil-I almost always has za’atar with olive oil, so I could not imagine it without it here. It adds moisture and a deep flavor too.
- Milk or Half n’Half– Both work to make the egg mixture creamier. This ingredient helps to add moisture to the french toast.
- Eggs- You can’t have french toast without eggs or an egg substitute. These are a must as they act as a binder.
- Bread-The bread used in French toast is pretty important. It is typically a thicker cut of some sort of sliced bread. Typically, brioche is used as it has a high-fat content in butter and therefore crisps nicely in the pan and has more flavor. I used a lower calorie and carb version here, but you can utilize what you have available.
- Cheese-The cheese I used is called Chicago cheese. It is a variety of Arab white cheeses in the semi-melting family. So, they melt just slightly but still stay in place, making it less messy. You can, however, use whatever cheese you like with this combination, as za’atar is a flexible flavor. I used this white cheese as it is most traditional to what would typically be served with a Zeit (olive oil) and za’atar breakfast.
This is truly a delicious and straightforward meal that comes together in no time. You will often find yourself making this for the whole family to enjoy Sunday brunch! I made it three times just last week! If you aren’t a fan of it being stuffed, try the zaatar toast with labneh!
Be sure to check out my Zaatar French Toast video below! For the best viewing experience, watch the video in full-screen mode!
If you are a fan of za’atar like myself, then give these popular Za’atar recipes a try:
Za’atar knots (a very easy and quick baked good that looks beautiful too)
Za’atar Cake (a savory cake that has loads of flavor and is perfect for feeding a crowd)
As always, I love to hear from you! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below. I also love seeing your remakes. Share them with me on my Instagram page!
Za’atar stuffed French Toast
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup Half n Half or milk
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1/3 cup Za'atar seasoning blend
- Salt to taste
- 4 Slices of thick white bread, or toast/bread of choice
- Cheese, sliced 1/2 inch thick slices ex: Arabic cheese, halloumi cheese, mozzarella, Chicago cheese, queso fresco or any cheese of choice that is a melting or semi-melting cheese.
- 1 tbsp High smoke point oil or butter ex: Grapeseed or Avocado oil
- Mix together the eggs, milk, oil, za'atar, and salt.
- Add high smoke point oil to a nonstick pan.
- Dip the bread on both sides in the egg mixture, Shake off any excess then place the bread into a nonstick hot pan. Cook for about 2 minutes each side until browned.
- Add the slices of cheese to one toast then place the other piece of bread on top. Cover the pan with a lid and keep it on the lowest heat. Allow for the steam to melt the cheese for a few minutes.
- The french toast should be crisp on the outside and nice and cheesy on the inside. I like to enjoy mine with fresh tomatoes as they are bright, sweet, acidic and compliment this meal well.