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James Martin's ultimate hungover Boxing Day breakfast recipe

So. Much. Cheese.

james martin french toast recipe
Ainhoa Barcelona
Content Managing Editor
December 13, 2021
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James Martin is your man when it comes to finding the perfect pick-me-up to cure any sore heads on Boxing Day. The celebrity chef's French Toast Sandwich may be just as indulgent as your Christmas Day meal, but it's the right amount of grease and carbs to get you through the post-festivities slump.

"Cheese, bacon, eggs, milk, butter – it's like a fry up, but in a sandwich! You could do it with anything. It's certainly a winner," James told HELLO!

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"It's a variant of your classic French toast, it takes it to a different level. When you pan-fry it in butter, it's delicious. The simplicity of it is the key, and good quality butter. Proper hangover food!"

Check out James's Boxing Day sandwich which he's contributed especially to Martine McCutcheon's Christmas Digital Issue.

james martin french toast

Serves two


12 slices of pancetta

2 eggs

100ml full-fat milk

6 slices of brioche

4 slices of gruyère

150g butter

To serve:

50ml maple syrup


1. Pan-fry the pancetta over a high heat until crisp, then set aside. Pass the residual fat through a sieve into a clean pan.

2. Beat together the eggs and milk and add to a shallow bowl.

3. Top a slice brioche with a slice of cheese and 3 slices of pancetta. Repeat with another slice of brioche and layer of cheese and pancetta, finally topping with another slice of brioche.

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4. Squash the sandwich together, then dip in the egg mix. Repeat to make another sandwich.

5. In a frying pan over a medium heat, add the pancetta fat and the butter and let it gently foam. Fry the sandwiches on both sides until golden and the cheese has melted.

6. To serve, cut in half and drizzle with maple syrup.

james martin butter book

Butter by James Martin, £14.69, Amazon


BUTTER: Comforting, delicious, versatile, over 130 recipes celebrating butter by James Martin (Quadrille)

Photography: John Carey

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