1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup half and half cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
8 slices slightly stale French bread (1 in. thick)
1 cup blueberries, for the grilled blueberry packets
1 tablespoon sugar, for the grilled blueberry packets
1 tablespoon orange juice, for the grilled blueberry packets
8 breakfast sausage links
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,
Turn once and cook another 3 minutes. Serve French toast with sausages, grilled blueberries and maple syrup.