Grilled French Toast Stuffed with Strawberry Basil Cream Cheese {GIVEAWAY}

Take your brunch to the grill! This grilled french toast and its strawberry basil cream cheese stuffing will be the perfect brunch centerpiece. Take your brunch to the grill! This grilled french toast and its strawberry basil cream cheese stuffing will be the perfect brunch centerpiece! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Want to hear a funny story? It wasn’t too funny at the time but you have to laugh at life. A couple of weekends ago, I had 3 or 4 recipes I wanted to develop on the grill. We hadn’t grilled yet this season, so we got the grill out, uncovered it and it was covered with mold! Moooolllllld. Gross, I know (sorry). So we burned it all off, cleaned it really well, and then burned it all off again. By this time, it was raining. Yep, raining. Thankfully I had begun some initial recipe development using my grill pan inside, but still. One of those days where the stars just didn’t seem to align….yeesh!

Oh wait, there’s more! By dinner time it had brightened up, so I asked Ben to turn it back on so we could grill some chicken (also a recipe for Rachel Cooks). He went to turn it on, and guess what? OUT OF GAS. Throw me a freakin’ bone! Back to the grill pan….

Take your brunch to the grill! This grilled french toast and its strawberry basil cream cheese stuffing will be the perfect brunch centerpiece! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I teamed up with Door to Door Organics once again to bring you this amazing French toast. I was challenged to create a brunch item using the grill, and let me tell you, I might never go back to grill-free brunches! I bought all the ingredients for this brunch through Door to Door Organics, meaning they were delivered right to my door. I don’t know about you, but when I’m entertaining or even just planning meals for the week, there is always so much to coordinate and so many lists happening. One of the things I always have to coordinate is when I’m going to swing by the grocery store to pick up all the ingredients for the food I’m preparing. The great thing about Door to Door Organics is that it comes right to you! It’s a huge stress reliever and the quality is insanely consistent and impressive, so you can be confident that you won’t be making any last-minute trips to the store.

Door to Door Organics Brunch Ingredients Photo

Freshly baked bread, organic berries and vegetables, great bacon and eggs, and even cold-brew coffee. Shopping done, from my computer, in my sweat pants. What’s better than that?

About this grilled french toast recipe:

I’ll be honest, when Door to Door Organics approached me about this project, she mentioned stuffed french toast and it kind of stuck with me. When I preparing my order online and finalizing my recipe idea, I spotted the strawberry basil preserves, which I’ve had before and LOVED. Once I spied those, there was no turning back from this recipe. I love the combination of strawberry and basil, in fact, I’ve made my own strawberry basil freezer jam. I’ve also stuffed strawberries with basil whipped cream which you just HAVE to do this summer! They are so delicious.

I carried on with my shopping and saw the challah from Zingerman’s (aka heaven on earth). That solidified the grilled french toast in my mind, there was no turning back. Into my order went eggs, milk, tons of fresh berries, fresh basil, and cream cheese. I decided to round out my brunch with some fresh asparagus, bacon, and cold-brew coffee. And some yogurt for good measure.

Take your brunch to the grill! This grilled french toast and its strawberry basil cream cheese stuffing will be the perfect brunch centerpiece! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

The grilled french toast is really simple to make. You’ll want to slice the challah into nice thick slices, about an inch thick. Then, carefully with a sharp knife, slice a hole in the middle of the slice, making a pocket for the cream cheese. I flavored plain cream cheese with the preserves and stuffed the bread with that. The stuffed bread goes into a large baking dish until you’re done stuffing each piece. Then you pour your egg and milk mixture over the bread, letting it soak it all up. All that’s left to do is grill it! You could definitely cook it on a griddle as well, but grilling it gives it such a great flavor. You have to try it!

Take your brunch to the grill! This grilled french toast and its strawberry basil cream cheese stuffing will be the perfect brunch centerpiece! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

For the perfect brunch centered around the grill, I also grilled asparagus and bacon. You could round it out with some other great brunch offerings like a yogurt parfait with shortbread crumble, a beautiful cocktail. If you want to add more protein to brunch, consider a frittata, they’re very easy to make and taste great at almost any temperature. A white pizza frittata or a leek and asparagus frittata are both great vegetarian options.

Take your brunch to the grill! This grilled french toast and its strawberry basil cream cheese stuffing will be the perfect brunch centerpiece! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Grilled French Toast Stuffed with Strawberry Basil Cream Cheese

Take your brunch to the grill! This grilled french toast and its strawberry basil cream cheese stuffing will be the perfect brunch centerpiece.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces of spreadable cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup strawberry basil preserves, divided
  • 1 loaf challah bread, sliced into 1-inch thick slices
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces blueberries
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries, sliced

Directions:

  1. Oil the grates of your grill and preheat grill to medium-low, or about 250-300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. From the bottom of each piece of bread, carefully slice a pocket into the middle of the bread. You don’t want to cut all the way through, but the opening should be large enough to get a knife with filling into the bread.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and 1/4 cup preserves together until combined. It’s okay if it looks a little chunky. Evenly fill the bread slices with cream cheese mixture. Place filled bread into a large pan (at least a 9×13, larger if you have it.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, honey, and vanilla until combined. Pour over filled bread.
  5. Grill the french toast on the preheated grill over direct heat for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. If it’s browning too quickly, move it away from the direct heat and to the indirect heat.
  6. Meanwhile, mix berries and 1/4 cup preserves until berries are coated with preserves.
  7. Top french toast with berries and serve!

Note: You’ll likely have extra berries after topping the french toast – they make a perfect fruit salad on the side.

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Verdict: LOVED this! I loved the creamy strawberry basil filling and the topping was so fresh and flavorful which cut the richness of the grilled french toast perfectly.
Husband’s take: He’s not a huge cream cheese fan so I caught him leaving behind a bit of the filling, but he still ate at least 3 servings of this french toast (not all at once).
Changes I would make: None! But feel free to try different flavors and experiment with different stuffings.
Difficulty: Easy – moderate. The bread gets fragile when soaked with the egg mixture so you just have to be gentle moving it to the grill. Also be gentle when stuffing the bread, take your time and make sure to use a sharp knife when cutting a hole in the bread.

Take your brunch to the grill! This grilled french toast and its strawberry basil cream cheese stuffing will be the perfect brunch centerpiece! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Grilled French Toast Nutrition Label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

 

GIVEAWAY!

I’m excited to offer a $100 gift card giveaway to Door to Door Organics so you can try it out yourself! Make sure to verify that you’re in the delivery area prior to entering. One winner will be randomly chosen on 5/24/16. Prize provided and fulfilled by Door to Door Organics. See privacy policy for details regarding use of email addresses and information collected in giveaway (long story short, it won’t be used to add you to a mailing list, sold to anyone else, or anything shady. It’s only for contacting the winner of the giveaway.)  GOOD LUCK!

*Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Door to Door Organics to bring you this post. They compensated me for my time but all opinions are, as always, my own. I’ve paid for Door to Door Organics deliveries with my own money more times than I can count. Thanks for supporting Rachel Cooks by reading about brands I use and love!

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49 comments

  1. I’d like to make a breakfast pizza on the grill!

  2. I don’t normally use my grill to make brunch, but I’m going to start! Your french toast recipe will definitely be on my favorites list!

  3. How gorgeous is this French Toast?! Love!!!

  4. This looks Amazing! I would have to try and make it Gluten-Free, though. I did not see how to enter. Did I miss something?

  5. Rachel, this French Toast looks so delicious. I think French Toast is my very favorite breakfast – and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I checked my zip code and they don’t deliver to my area yet. Oh well. :(
    Sinea ♥

  6. GRILLED french toast?! How AMAZING is this!! I lovelovelove strawberries and basil, so this is calling to me! Pinning!

  7. Wow, this french toast is stunning, and it got a serious summer upgrade from being grilled- love it :)

  8. This sounds absolutely awesome! I love the combination of strawberries and basil and can’t think of a better way of incorporating it into breakfast than in this delicious looking French toast. I’ve never tried grilling french toast but I’m always up for something new. Pinned!

  9. I’ve never made brunch on the grill before, but it sounds like a great idea! I think I’d like to grill up some veggies for breakfast tacos.

  10. Agh! Damn mold! I am so sick of it, haha. I’m from Arizona where we don’t have much mold thanks to the dry weather (but dust covers everything) so now on the east coast mold is my worst enemy.

    In any case, this french toast looks fantastic. I’ve never had cream cheese with it but it sounds divine!

  11. I would make grilled pineapple and yogurt parfaits!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  12. What an awesome recipe and photo

  13. LOVE that you grilled this, so creative Rach!!!! would love a slice ;)

  14. Grilled French Toast is absolutely genius! We are obsessed with Door to Door Organics and have been using them for our produce for years! Such a quality company.

  15. Now *this* is how you do brunch! I never think of grilling brunch – so going to try this!

  16. Such a fun way to change up French toast.

  17. Well, I know what I want for brunch this weekend!! Love these flavors!

  18. This makes me want to plan a fun brunch real soon!

  19. Okay, I am totally enamored with your twist by using the grill! I did a grilled strawberry pound cake last year that was awesome, but this sounds even better. And having all of the organics delivered? That is what’s right with the world right there.

    • RIGHT?! Between Door to Door Organics and Amazon Prime Pantry, I barely need to leave the house. I love America.

      PS: Strawberry pound cake sounds amazing!

  20. Oh, girl. Any kind of French Toast … but with strawberries and basil? And grilling it … perfection!

  21. I believe I just found Sunday brunch! My family is going to wake up to some serious deliciousness.

  22. I want to wake up to this french toast!

  23. Glad that you got the grill cooperating, because this recipe is too gorgeous to miss!

  24. Grilled French toast?? What a fun summery breakfast idea! I love using challah for French toast. The filling is just icing on the cake. Yum!

  25. What a fantastic breakfast item!! Love that you used the grill for this. And basil cream cheese filling?! I need this in my life :)

  26. I have never thought to grill it but now I have to try asap! Love how crispy it must get on the outside.

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