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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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Monoka Monoka 9 years
i made this sandwich this past weekend, was very good, and i added some veggies to make more healthy got to say, i loved it!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Mmmm, these are so yummy!
rawkphish rawkphish 10 years
chomp chomp... lovely!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
wow, super fattening, but sounds so delish! :drool:
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Layla, I think it is normally served with raspberry jam, but I guess you can serve it with whatever you want. I think orange marmelade would be good.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
Nica, you can go here and see if there's a Bennigans close to you.
hellolover hellolover 10 years
So, so tasty. I hate soggy Monte Cristos though, then they're just gross.
nicachica nicachica 10 years
is a monte cristo a regional sandwich or something? i live in the d.c. area and i've probably heard of it but i've never tried it. is it really that good? (and anywhere in d.c. i can get it???)
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
Oh I've had it from Bennigans! I'm not such a fan of this, but the hubs l-o-v-e-s it. I might just try this for him. Is there typically a certain jelly that's served with it? Or is up to whatever you want?
jendudley jendudley 10 years
There used to be a bar called Bennigans in a nearby town that served great monte cristos. Unfortch it is now closed and I would be scared to try them on my own. I think they would come out mushy.
OliverCakery OliverCakery 10 years
this sounds great!
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
I have always loved monte cristo sandwiches! i like to make mine with munster cheese and black forest ham, they taste great dipped in maple syrup...mmmmmmm
SU3 SU3 10 years
:Drool: Looks SOOOOO good!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Fontina could definitely work for me! Thanks, partysugar!
Nicolel03 Nicolel03 10 years
Wow this sounds soo good! Probably not good if you're watching your calories, but definitely a good comfort food.
Mama-Ward Mama-Ward 10 years
Millie's has the BEST Monte Cristo, Sarah 22! I love mine deep fried with blackberry bad, but so good.
calibabi calibabi 10 years
i'm so excited to try this! the only recipes i have ever found needed a deep fryer, so this looks like it's right up my alley.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Gureye is a milder swiss cheese that would pair nicly but you could also use white cheddar or fontina.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Not a swiss cheese fan! Are there others that could fill in instead?
ZergGirl ZergGirl 10 years
Oh, I looooooove these! Now I'm hungry! :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
These are sooooo good. But I'm always wary of ordering b/c in the past, I've had Monte Cristos that are too soggy by the time they reach my table. My family improvises and does ham and turkey and cheese baked between layers of Pillsbury crescent rolls. Dee-lish!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
I used to eat these all the time in a snack bar next to my school!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
mmm i love them deep fried with the raspberry sause they have a great one at Millies in SoCal
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I hvae had something similar at a tea house near my parents. They call theirs a mock monte cristo ebcause they try to make it healthier by making it a panini instead of using french toast. Also, At the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee, they deep fry is DELISH. Then you get the raspberry sauce to dip it in....:DROOL: serioulsy delish. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
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