Cooking With Blueberries

Recipe Inspirations from Mariano's

I love to create new recipes and share great places to shop.  I'm excited to be part of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community.  Recently I was selected to be part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and discovered some great things about  Mariano’s #cbias and#SocialFabric which inspired me to create some new recipes using blueberries including this Stuffed French Toast Recipe! Although this is a sponsored post, all of the opinions in this feature are my own.

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

Getting Inspired to Cook

I'm often asked where I get my recipes or how I come up with new ones.  Often I see an ingredient on sale or see a beautiful display at the store and think, I really need to make something with that.

Getting Inspired to Cook viewing the Mariano's ad

In this case, I saw blueberries on sale, and thought with the Memorial Day holiday coming it up, it might be fun to create a Red White and Blueberry breakfast!  Off I go to Mariano's for additional inspiration!

Lot of Blueberries to pick from at Mariano's

Shopping at Chicago area Mariano's is a great experience.  There is a nice combination of high quality fruits and veggies (and I'm picky!) and good values.  I was very happy with the freshness of the produce I bought and items were displayed in a way that inspires me to incorporate healthy ingredients in my cooking.  I could sample foods and even see and smell baked goods being made.  If you haven't been to this store, I would suggest getting a cup of coffee (see why you want to get a Mariano's Rewards Card on the right) and walk the aisles.  You will find a combination of high end ingredients, house brand staples which are well priced, and they even have an aisle of warehouse sized value items.

Since the frozen organic blueberries and fresh blueberries were priced really well,  I decided to create a recipe for a Blueberry Stuffed French Toast using blueberry jam to really kick up the blueberry flavor. 

Shopping at Mariano's

I've got all the ingredients I need to cook!  Since I planned to buy frozen blueberries I brought along a cooler to keep them frozen on the way home,.  I've got my coffee and a pretty flower for my kitchen counter so  it's time to go home, unpack, and cook!  If you want to see photos (and captions!) of my shopping trip, check out the Google+ Album I created!

French Toast Recipe
Inspired by #MyMarianos and #cbias

How to make bluberry stuffed french toast


Blueberry Filling:

4 ounces of cream cheese (1/2 of an 8 ounce block)

3 Tablespoons blueberry jam

1 (6 ounce) container fresh blueberries

Egg Mixture:

4 eggs

2 Tablespoons fat free half and half or milk

Crumb Topping:

3 cups crushed cornflake cereal


6 slices of bread (challah or Peppridge Farm White Bread is preferred)

1-3 Tablespoons of butter

strawberries and powdered sugar to garnish

optional blueberry sauce - recipe is in the right column or syrup if desired


  • Place cream cheese in a medium sized microwave safe bowl and microwave for 15 seconds to soften.  Add jam and stir well. Fold in fresh blueberries and set aside
  • In a shallow pie plate or bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk, set this aside.
  • Pour the cornflakes in a zip style bag and use a rolling pin or your hands to crush the cereal into a fine meal.  Pour this into another shallow pie plate or bowl and set aside.
  • Assemble 4 "sandwiches" by placing about 1/3 cup of the blueberry filling between two slices of bread
  • Dredge each "sandwich" in the egg mixture, coating both sides well.
  • Coat both sides of each sandwich with the crumb mixture
  • Melt 1-2 Tablespoons of butter in a large skillet.  Place 1-2 of the stuffed french toast sandwiches in the skillet and cook over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown. Transfer to a warm platter and cook the other sandwiches.
  • Garnish with strawberries and powdered sugar and serve with homemade blueberry sauce or syrup if desired.

Yield:  4 servings - and this recipe doubles well

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cooking Time: less than 10 minutes

If you are looking for more breakfast recipes, Mariano’s has quite a few under their recipe section (I rather liked their Muffin Base Recipe as you could change it up as you want!)  If you're a foodie like I am or just like to shop at a nice store, I think you will enjoy following Mariano's on Twitter and Mariano's on Facebook!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and would love to hear how you make Stuffed French Toast or how this recipe worked for you in the comment section below!

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