Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

The first time I tried a Monte Cristo sandwich was when my friend from home/old roommate, Nicole, and I went out to lunch after we both had gotten married. She told me I had to try this sandwich she had found that was so good. So I did, and it was so yummy! I loved the french toast-like exterior and the melted cheese and ham interior. It was served with raspberry jam on the side for dipping, but I wasn't too fond of that, so I just ate it plain and it was good.

Well, I came across a recipe from The Prepared Pantry for a Honey Ham Monte Cristo sandwich. The fond memories of that yummy sandwich with Nicole came flooding back to me. I decided to try it. The result wasn't quite the same, but still good none-the-less, so my hubby and I thought. My kids, not so much. But this really isn't a kids sandwich.

Give it a try and see what you think.

Here's what you'll need:

8 slices of bread
3 eggs
2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. white pepper
8 slices of provolone or Swiss cheese
1/2 lb. thinly sliced deli ham (or you can use half ham and half turkey)
1/4 C. honey
2 T. prepared mustard

Mix the eggs, milk, salt, dry mustard, and white pepper together in a shallow bowl. Make the honey spread by mixing the honey and the prepared mustard. Set aside.

Spread honey mustard onto one or two pieces of bread. Top with ham, then cheese, and more ham.
Heat a griddle. Dip each sandwich lightly into the egg mixture on both sides of the sandwich. Place on the griddle and fry as you would french toast or a grilled cheese sandwich, turning when one side is golden brown.

Serve hot. You can serve it with seedless raspberry jam or honey, which is what I ate mine with. Yum!!


Nicole and Lurlyn said...

Oh man! The memories!!! I loved Brown Stone's monte cristo! Soooo good!!! This looks so delicious. I wish I had some of the ingredients in my fridge so I can try it now. Definitely this week. I miss you! :)

Hannah said...

Memories, I know!! Miss you too, Nicole!!!

Unknown said...

I make my Monte cristo low calorie with light bread. Batter-2 eggs, a little vanilla flavoring and cinnamon. Grill both sides of the battered bread (like you would French toast). Then add three slices each of deli thin ham and turkey and 2 kraft singles (american and swiss, the skim or 2% variety. Put on griddle or panini press until cheese melts and sandwich is hot. I serve with SF raspberry preserves.

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