Haven’t you noticed that right before a snowstorm people act like this:
And then wondered, “What happens to all of that bread and milk, anyways?”
Well, allow me to share with you one of New Jersey’s favorite snowstorm pastimes:
New Jersey Panic Toast!
- 1 snow storm, blizzard, or hurricane
- 8 slices of white or whole wheat bread cut into triangles
- 3 eggs
- two cups milk
- salt, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to taste
- The day before the storm, panic and buy the ingredients. Seriously, panic!! There’s a storm coming! Gotta get the bread, milk, and eggs!
- The day of the storm wake up and feel a bit safer that you panicked the day before and got your fixings while you find a large bowl.
- In that bowl, beat the three eggs with the cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and sugar. (Keeps the cinnamon from poofing everywhere and lessens the panic.)
- Beat in the milk.
- Arrange the bread in a svelte pattern on a greased cast iron skillet.
- Pour the batter over the toast to ensure maximum soakage.
- Bake at 350-400 degrees until crisp on top and the custard is puffing.
- Stop panicking and serve with appropriate collops (especially pork roll, ’cause it’s New Jersey; but bacon, sausage, etc. work too).