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30 Toast Recipes To Brighten Your Morning

You’re missing out if all you eat is avo toast because these toast recipes go way beyond a simple millennial treat.

I have a serious weak spot for Australian “Fairy Bread,” and the “Fettunta” in Italy is a dream.

30 Toast Recipes To Brighten Your Morning featuring Homemade French Toast with Berries and Whipped Cream
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Oh, and have you ever tried “Nori Tama” from Japan? It’s a yummy piece of toast layered with seaweed, cheese, sautéed onion, and boiled egg.

No matter how you slice it, these toast recipes are a fantastic way to start the day.

So give this humble breakfast a lift, from sweet to salty and everything in between.

Gourmet Toast Recipe Ideas That Go Beyond Avocado

1. McCormick French Toast

This McCormick French toast is the only French toast recipe you’ll ever need. 

Start with custard-dipped bread, toast it to golden perfection, and top it with cinnamon syrup.

It’s easy and absolutely delicious. 

2. Thyme, Honey, Peach, and Goat Cheese Crostini

Salt, fat, acid, and heat- these are the four elements that will elevate your cooking to master levels (yes, there was a Netflix documentary on this).

This flavorful crostini literally uses all four elements to create the perfect bite. 

Sweet peaches, floral honey, tangy goat cheese, and lemony thyme sit atop a perfectly toasted slice of ciabatta.

It’s just begging to become the star of your next party. 

Consider adding prosciutto for some added protein and amazing umami goodness. 

3. Avocado Toast with Egg

Avocado toast exploded onto the food scene a number of years ago…and it’s here to stay.

That’s because this meal is simple, delicious, nutritious, and totally customizable. 

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This recipe features the dependable egg for an added protein boost, which you can prepare however you prefer.

Serve on your favorite toasted bread and season with your heart. 

4. Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Elevate your brunch game with this tasty French toast casserole.

It’s like a combination of bread pudding, cheesecake, and French toast all in the same dish. 

Blueberries are the star of this show, with little bursts of berry in each bite.

Not only that but this luxurious breakfast dish is topped with a homemade blueberry sauce. Delicious! 

5. Paula Deen’s French Toast

Paula Deen is the queen of sultry, southern dishes that might not be good for your waistline, but sure are good for your soul.

So, it stands to reason that this particular French toast is equally indulgent. 

Thick French bread, rich custard, buttery praline… what more could you want? Just add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

The best part is that you can make it ahead of time. So once it’s in the oven, you can relax and enjoy your morning. 

6. Fresh Mozzarella and Mushroom Toast

Cheesy, earthy, and crusty, if you love mushrooms, then you will absolutely love this quick and easy toast. 

Start by toasting your favorite kind of bread. I like to toast mine in the frying pan, a la grilled cheese, but that’s not mandatory.

Then, sauté some mushrooms, grab some mozzarella, and layer them over your toasted bread.

Simple and delicious! 

7. Princess Toast

Princess toast (Fairy toast) is the perfect treat to make with the children in your family.

It’s fun, easy, tasty, and such a fun twist on a normally boring meal.  

All you need are a few simple ingredients- bread, whipped cream cheese, food coloring, and SPRINKLES! 

8. Garlic Cheese Toast

There’s something truly beautiful about the combination of garlic, cheese, and bread.

That trio is highlighted perfectly in this simple and delicious toast. 

Serve it as is or as part of your favorite meal. Of course, it would be great with Italian, but is there ever a bad time for garlic bread?

9. Baileys French Toast

Boozy and divine, this Baileys French toast will make you rethink how you do brunch.

You can even skip the mimosas!

You’ll make this like any other French toast recipe, except that you’ll add Baileys to the custard.

The liqueur has notes of chocolate and vanilla, which results in a super-luxe toast.

Top it with Baileys whipped cream and you’re in business! 

If you don’t have Baileys on hand, you can substitute it with any cream-based alcohol. Kaluha and RumChata are both good options.

10. Pizza Toast

If you’re looking for a delicious new meal that your whole family will enjoy, then this is it! 

Pizza toast is exactly what it sounds like.

It’s your favorite saucy and cheesy pizza, but on toast! This recipe uses pepperoni, but you can certainly use any of your favorite toppings. 

This recipe is also very budget-friendly, which makes it even more delish!

11. Air Fryer French Toast Sticks

Great for kids and adults alike, these French toast sticks are fun for the whole family! 

They get extra crispy in the Air Fryer, so they are ideal for finger food.

Dip them in your favorite syrup, sauce, or icing. 

12. BLT Avocado Toast

Comforting and nutritious, this BLT avocado toast is so, so dreamy.

Just imagine whole-grain toast, creamy avocado, bright tomato, nutty arugula, and salty bacon coming together to dance in your mouth. 

And there’s more! This already delicious dish is topped with a special, bacon-mayonnaise drizzle.  

13. Open-Faced Turkey Sandwich with Gravy

One of my favorite things after Thanksgiving is to use leftover turkey and gravy in a yummy sandwich.

This open-faced, hot turkey sandwich is a slightly fancy take on the original. 

In this recipe, toasted bread, melted brie, and sliced turkey are smothered in homemade gravy.

Try adding cranberry sauce for some acid. Scrumptious!

Homemade Alton Brown French Toast with Berries, Butter and Maple Syrup

14. Alton Brown French Toast

Following any of Alton Brown’s recipes is sure to take you on a delicious adventure, because… SCIENCE!

Mr. Brown’s knowledge of food science means you really can’t go wrong using his intentional and well-thought-out recipes. 

This French toast may have a few more steps than typical French toast, but don’t worry, it’s still very easy! Plus, its taste and texture are out of this world.

15. Pomegranate Crostini

Beautiful and bright, this delicious crostini is the epitome of the holiday season. 

Start with toasty French bread and spread honey goat cheese all over it.

Top it with red pomegranate seeds and green pistachios for a tangy, sweet, crunchy, salty, and amazing breakfast or snack. 

16. Bruschetta with Mozzarella

Transport yourself to Italy with this flavorful bruschetta.

Bruschetta is one of my favorite types of toast because it has all of the best elements of Italian cooking.

Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil, and garlic mix together to create a little salad, which you then pile on pan-toasted bread.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and it is heavenly. 

17. Peach and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Zesty goat cheese and sweet peaches combine to make a delightful and balanced dish, perfect for summer entertaining.

The varying textures of the crunchy toast, the smooth cheese, and the soft peach give this dish a pleasing mouth-feel. It’s sure to be a hit! 

18. Cracker Barrel French Toast

Cracker Barrel is known for its delicious, from-scratch, southern cooking, and this French toast recipe stays true to that tradition. 

It uses tangy sourdough bread to bring added flavor and substance to the dish.

Top it with powdered sugar, syrup, and fruit for a breakfast your family will love.  

19. The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You can’t go wrong with grilled cheese, no matter which way you slice it. But, THIS grilled cheese goes above and beyond. 

Thick bread, extra butter, and a specific blend of Havarti, Cheddar, and Gouda cheeses are what make this grilled cheese extra special. 

20. Mini Reuben Toasts

These savory Reuben toasts are the perfect party food. They’re made like your traditional Reuben, but mini! 

Toasted rye bread sits underneath layers of zesty sauerkraut, seasoned corned beef, melty Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island Dressing.

It’s a little sweet, a little sour, and has tons of flavor! 

21. Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

If you love bruschetta but want to shake it up a bit, then this recipe is for you!

This fun take uses feta cheese to add a little extra zip. 

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22. IHOP French Toast Recipe (Copycat)

IHOP might be famous for their pancakes, but don’t forget about their French toast!

It’s fluffy and perfect and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. This copycat recipe tastes like the real thing but saves you some dough. 

Don’t forget to top it with something equally delicious!

23. Monte Cristo Sandwich

If you’ve never had a Monte Cristo, then you need to stop what you’re doing right now and make this! 

The Monte Cristo has all of the best parts of grilled cheese, French toast, and a Club sandwich rolled into one. 

This make-at-home version takes only 20 minutes and is super delicious. Top it with powdered sugar and raspberry jam. 

24. Brioche French Toast

If you want a luxurious breakfast that will show off your skills in the kitchen, try this brioche French toast. 

Brioche bread is an enriched bread, meaning that it’s made with eggs, butter, and milk.

This not only tastes amazing, but it allows the bread to hold the custard mix really well. 

This recipe is extra special because it’s topped with brown butter right as it comes out of the oven, which adds a wonderfully rich and nutty flavor.

25. Smoked Salmon Toasts

This smoked salmon toast is a wonderful version of traditional bagels and lox. 

It uses deliciously crunchy sourdough bread instead of a bagel, which has the added benefit of being lower-calorie.

Don’t worry, though! It still has all of the amazing flavors you’d expect from the original.  

26. Blue Cheese Steak Crostini

Be careful serving these insanely sublime crostinis as you may end up having to make them for every event you host. 

This recipe boasts tender sirloin steak and homemade garlic and blue cheese sauce.

It’s drizzled in reduced balsamic vinegar and it’s literal flavor heaven.

27. Mushroom Avocado Toast

Take your avocado toast to the next level with delicious fried mushrooms!

These are extra yummy because the mushrooms are sautéed in balsamic vinegar and everything is topped with lemon. 

28. Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

If you’re looking for scrumptious comfort food, this Kentucky original is it. 

Made with warm turkey, fresh tomatoes, and salty bacon, this open-faced sandwich is mouth-watering.

Wanna know the best part? It’s absolutely smothered in cheese sauce. 

29. Croque Madame Toast

This is the ultimate breakfast toast.

Like a traditional breakfast sandwich, this Croque Madame is made with ham, egg, and cheese.

Unlike your traditional breakfast sandwich, this open-faced and bougie version features cheesy Mornay sauce and wholegrain mustard. 

If, like me, you like a hint of sweetness, use honey mustard instead of wholegrain. 

30. Southwestern Eggs Benedict with Black Bean Spread, Avocado, and Salsa

Eggs Benedict is one of my favorite breakfasts.

This southwestern take is smokey, delectable, vegetarian, and it’s pretty healthy, to boot. 

The best part of this is the black bean spread, which is perfectly seasoned with cumin and cilantro.

Personally, I would add a little lime juice and chili flakes to kick it up a notch. 

When everything is assembled, top it off with your favorite salsa and chow down.

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No matter how you slice it, these toast recipes are a fantastic way to start the day. From sweet to salty and everything in between, you won’t be disappointed.


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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