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Bastille Day Celebration

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SAVORY PAIN PERDU (Serves 4)

8 SLICES OF FRENCH BREAD,
SLICED 1 1/2 INCH THICK
1 1/2 CUPS OF MILK
6 EGGS
1 TABLESPOON HOT SAUCE (OR TO TASTE)
8 OZ. HERBED SOFT CHEESE (GOAT, FARMER'S OR SEASONED CREAM CHEESE COMBINED WITH FRESH HERBS OF CHOICE)
4 TBS BUTTER

Cut a pocket, from the side, into the center of each piece of French bread. Divide the cheese into 1/8ths and insert one piece into each slice of bread.

Whisk together the milk, eggs and hot sauce. Briefly, soak each piece of stuffed bread in the milk mixture.

Melt the butter in a 10 inch skillet and when large bubbles foam, add the stuffed French bread pieces, browning lightly on each side.

Serve with chutney or a pickled vegetable relish.

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Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly show, Louisiana Eats! Food personality, culinary teacher and author, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who bring it to the table.