Don't know what to serve with French toast? Don't worry, I've got plenty of options for you to choose from! Below I've listed 25 amazing side dishes that will take your routine, mundane, weekend breakfast to the next level. They're all quick, easy, and of course- incredibly delicious!
I don't know one person who doesn't love French toast, and everyone has their own recipe that their family loves. Personally, I remember my mom would always buy this one type of bread specifically for the sole purpose of making French toast, and every time she put it in the cart, I knew we were going to have a yummy weekend breakfast
From the simple to the elaborate, this blog post has plenty of choices so everyone knows what to serve with French toast.
WHAT IS FRENCH TOAST?
The French toast dish we know today is a classic, simple, delicious breakfast recipe that many people love. It is slices of bread that are soaked in a mixture of beaten eggs, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract, then pan fried in butter until golden brown with crisp edges.
While classic French toast is a great recipe for using up stale bread, by any French toast lover knows that slices aren't the only way this epic breakfast! You could switch up the type of bread, make French toast sticks, a French toast casserole, or even try a version of savory French toast with a Monte Cristo sandwich.
There's so many ways to enjoy this traditional dish, and every family has their own version. Whether you eat it for breakfast or dinner, enjoy sticks or slices, sweet or savory, be sure to save this blog post for future reference so you ALWAYS know what to serve with French toast.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH FRENCH TOAST
We're starting off with perhaps the most well know side dish, maple syrup. There is nothing better than a warm, sweet drizzle of maple syrup over golden brown slices of French toast. I ALWAYS use pure maple syrup because it has the BEST flavor, however if you want a sugar-free option I suggest using Lakanto.
Another classic pairing for French toast is peanut butter! You can warm it up and drizzle it over with a little bit of honey and fresh strawberries for a breakfast version of peanut butter and jelly that is AMAZING. Or perhaps you're feeling adventurous and want to attempt peanut butter stuffed French toast for a truly epic breakfast. Either way, this creamy, nutty spread sure is delicious paired with this classic breakfast dish.
Besides maple syrup, is there a more classic side to French toast than crispy slices of bacon? The salty and sweet combo is a family favorite, and something my mom always made when we would have French toast. Nowadays, I like to air fry my bacon because it's quick, effective, and I don't worry about getting splattered with grease! If you don't have an air fryer, a frying pan works wonderfully- just be sure to save the grease to fry up eggs, sauté onions, or make a roux!
If you're not into bacon, try serving sausage links! The grocery store sells multiple flavors, so there's an option for everyone. Personally, I like to use Applegate Farm's chicken and apple sausage links, but Johnsonville and Jones' Dairy Farm are also great choices. You can air fry the sausage or cook in a frying pan, but either way they're sure to be delicious.
Last up on our list of breakfast meats is a ham steak! These always have great flavor, are a great source of protein, and are also super easy to make. Since they're pre-cooked you simply have to sear both sides quickly and you're good to go.
If you're looking for a more decadent breakfast, smoked salmon is the way to go. This rich fish is slightly salty, slightly smoky, and would go wonderfully on the side of a sweet platter of French toast. You can serve it with bagels, crackers, or just let the fish stand alone, either way it's sure to satisfy that salty craving.
Moving on to a couple egg recipes for a little bit, scrambled eggs are a great way to add some protein. While a classic French toast recipe is extremely delicious, we all know that there isn't much protein involved in the recipe.
So, while a carb loaded breakfast is enjoyable, sometimes you want to add some nutrition and protein and scrambled eggs are such an easy way to do that! They're quick, ready in less than 15 minutes and so delicious. You can add cheese or keep them plain, either way they're yummy.
Next up for our egg recipes are fried eggs. This is one that my whole family loves, especially when my dad cooks them in leftover bacon grease. You can leave the yolk runny (my favorite) or cook them over hard if that's not your style, but either way this is a quick, easy, and delicious way to add protein to your meals.
SOFT BOILED EGGS
Personally, I like these more than hard boiled eggs because I love a runny yolk. You can cook them in less than 10 minutes in either the air fryer or a pot, making them a delicious and quick way to add protein.
A simple ham and spinach quiche is a delicious breakfast dish, that also doubles as the perfect side for French toast! I especially like serving it for a casual brunch because you've got the sweet French toast paired with the savory quiche, so there's an option for every palate.
An elevated and savory version, you can turn French toast into an epic eggs benedict breakfast! While it is more labor intensive, the end result is SO worth it. Once you poach your eggs, layer them on top of French toast with sausage, hollandaise sauce, and thinly sliced red onion for a truly one of a kind breakfast
FRESH FRUIT SALAD
Truly one of my favorite sides for any breakfast is a big fruit salad. I think that the best way to start the day is with fresh fruit, and this incredible salad with a honey lime dressing is no exception. It's sweet, a little tart, and so simple to make. In just 20 minutes you can have one of the freshest and best side dishes.
Personally, I don't know one person who doesn't like smoothies, and honestly, what's not to like? They're sweet, easy, and you can PACK them with nutrition! In less than 5 minutes you can whip up a creamy strawberry banana smoothie, a filling protein pineapple mango smoothie, or a super healthy green smoothie.
This is one of my favorite sides to serve to kids because they love the sweet flavor and I love how many fruits and veggies they're getting.
The simplicity of classic French toast is highlighted with the sweet, juicy flavor of fresh berries. All you need to do is cut up strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries for a simple, yet sweet topping that's ready in under 5 minutes.
If you're looking for something sweet, but not too sweet, to top your French toast with, then I highly suggest making a peach compote! It's quick, easy, and you only need 3 ingredients. Simply boil frozen peaches with monk fruit and water until you get a syrupy-like consistency, and pour over your breakfast.
Perhaps you like the idea of a fruit compote, but peaches aren't your favorite. If that's the case, then try a sugar free raspberry compote! Similar to the peach, you only need 3 ingredients and less than 10 minutes to make it.
If you don't have raspberries, you could also make it with blueberries or strawberries.
Another side dish popular in American breakfasts is orange juice! This sweet yet tangy drink is like a burst of freshness in every sip. You can easily make your own in just a few minutes, or buy it from the grocery store next time you're out.
COFFEE & TEA
It's estimated that an average of 64% of American adults drink coffee and 80% drink tea. There's lots of options when it comes to coffee because you can enjoy it black, make cold brew, lattes, or even dalgona coffee. When it comes to tea there's also a TON of choices, from black tea, herbal, chai, to green, there is a tea for everyone. No matter which you choose to enjoy, these warm, cozy drinks are perfect to sip in between bites of fluffy French toast.
Caramelized bananas are an incredible topping for French toast, especially when you make it with an eggy bread such as brioche or challah bread. All you need to do is top slices of banana with cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, or coconut sugar and air fry for a few minutes until soft and caramelized. This is an easy, quick, and super yummy side you can make in less than 5 minutes.
Another one of my favorites, yogurt is always delicious first thing in the morning. It's healthy, full of protein, and will help keep you full in between meals. You can have it on the side as a healthy yogurt parfait, or scoop it right on your French toast as a cool, creamy topping.
This trending recipe on Tik Tok is actually quite delicious! It's packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein, and will help keep you full all morning long. You can make almost any flavor you'd like, ranging from chocolate, to peanut butter and jelly, and everything in between. Also, If you're not into the chia-seed texture, try making flaxseed pudding instead!
Granola is a great, whole-grain, sweet topping for French toast. This is a perfect one for those who like different textures because the crunchy clusters are super yummy on top of French toast that's fluffy and buttery.
I prefer to make homemade granola because I can control the amount of added sugar in it, and also I can customize the flavors. However, there's plenty of healthy store-bought brands out there as well!
There's something about the simple ingredients of French toast that makes powdered sugar such a great side. All you need is a light dusting on top of the crisp bread for the perfect amount of added sweetness. If you are dusting with powdered sugar, I recommend cutting the amount of sugar in the egg mixture in half so that it's not overly sweet.
Good news! You can seem like a superhero to your kids if you serve sweet, buttery cinnamon rolls alongside their French toast. You can go super easy and bake some store-bought ones, or if you have extra time, you can make them from scratch. Both ways are sure to be loved by adults and kids alike.
Breakfast potatoes are always a big hit in my family, especially when they're golden brown and crispy. These air fryer hash browns are no exception, AND they're so incredibly easy! All you need to do is season frozen hash brown potatoes, cook them in the air fryer for a few minutes, and boom! You've got a delicious side the whole family loves.
There you go, you now know what to serve with French toast! Any of these 25 amazing sides would be a perfect accompaniment to that sweet, delicious breakfast. Be sure to pin this recipe to your breakfast board so you can come back and look at it anytime!
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