How to Make Mouillettes,the Ultimate French Comfort Food!

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Mouillettes (pronounced moo-yet) are also known as “little soldiers” when they’re camouflaged with bacon, ham or a thin slice of salmon. They are little fingers of toasted bread that you dunk in a soft-boiled egg. It’s a classic French breakfast dating back to childhood for most. Warm, comforting, fun and delicious! Here are my  American variations on these delicious little soldiers!

You’ll need:

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 slices bread without crust
  • 1/2 slice prosciutto ham
  • 1 thin slice Emmental cheese (or your favorite)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 shallot, diced very fine
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped fine
  • kosher salt

Here’s how you make them: 

  1. In a bowl combine, eggs , butter , grated Parmesan, shallot, garlic, chives, salt and pepper. Beat with a fork, cover and set aside.
  2. Place ham and cheese between bread. Cut four evenly sliced rectangles.
  3. Heat a sauté pan to medium-high heat. Add rectangles to egg mixture and mildly soak through bread about 30 seconds. Shake off excess and add to hot sauté pan sprayed with nonstick spray
  4. Cook so egg is cooked on outside (like french toast), about 1-2 minutes each side. Remove from pan and place on a lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven until insides are completely melted through and edges are toasty, about 4-5 minutes. Serve warm with poached eggs to dunk in.

Try these variations:

  • cream cheese and salmon
  • Brie cheese and green apple
  • tuna and tomatoes with cheese
  • serve soldiers simply toasted and wrapped in ham or dusted in Parmesan cheese
  • simply dunk rectangles of plain toasted bread

Enjoy!

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