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Today's Special: Monte Cristo Sandwich

Today's Special: Monte Cristo Sandwich

Part French toast, part ham and cheese sandwich, the classic Monte Cristo Sandwich is an excellent quick dinner dish that will use the last bit of leftover Easter ham. A sweetly glazed ham is paired with swiss cheese in this Americanized version of the ultimate French ham and cheese sandwich, the croque monsieur. Since it's Wednesday night and we do sandwiches at my house on Wednesdays I thought this would be a taste treat. The origin of the name of this sandwich is unclear and debatable. For a heartier meal pair with a green salad, or a bowl of your favorite store bought tomato soup. I like mine alone with a bag of crinkle cut potato chips. For the recipe,

Monte Cristo Sandwich
From Everyday Food magazine

Dijon mustard
8 slices country bread
Swiss cheese slices
sweetly-glazed Ham
4 large eggs
1/2 Cup milk
1 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon pepper
1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 Tablespoons butter
Confectioners’ sugar

  1. Spread mustard on bread. Layer 4 bread slices with Swiss cheese, ham, and cheese again. Place remaining bread slices on top.
  2. In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture, turning to coat well.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. When butter is foamy, add the sandwiches, and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Serve immediately, dusted with confectioners’ sugar.

Serves 4.

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