Who says grilling is an evening-only activity? Surprise the family with an alfresco breakfast! Buttermilk-infused French toast gains a smoky flavor that goes perfectly with breakfast sausages and maple syrup. The easy grilled blueberries are an optional touch that's sure to have the kids clamoring for more.
Regan Burns Cafiso
|6 eggs||8 slices slightly stale French bread (1 inch thick)|
|1 cup buttermilk||1 cup blueberries (from a 4.4-ounce container), for the grilled blueberry packets|
|1/2 cup half and half||1 tablespoon sugar, for the grilled blueberry packets|
|2 tablespoons sugar||1 tablespoon orange juice, for the grilled blueberry packets|
|1 teaspoon vanilla extract||8 breakfast sausage links|
|1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest|
Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, sugar, vanilla and orange zest. In a shallow dish large enough to hold them, place bread slices in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread slices and turn to coat. Let soak 5 minutes, turning once.
Place blueberries on the bottom-right half of a 12x12-inch square of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Top berries with sugar and orange juice. Fold the other half of foil over the blueberries and seal the edges to form a triangular packet.
Grill sausages, turning occasionally until thoroughly cooked. Place blueberry packet on a cooler part of the grill and cook until packet is puffed, about 5 minutes. Place bread slices on grill and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until they have grill marks and no longer stick to the grates. Turn once and cook another 3 minutes.
Serve French toast with sausages, grilled blueberries and maple syrup.
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