The Monte Cristo sandwich is a variation of the French croque-monsieur. While there are several variations of this sandwich, the basic layout is the same: meat, cheese, and honey mustard, on thick cut white bread that has been dipped in batter and fried. Many refer to this as a "French toast ham and cheese" sandwich. However, some chefs choose to use turkey or a combination of turkey and ham to create their perfect sandwich.
Plainchicken.com has created a wonderful version of the traditional Monte Cristo sandwich. This particular recipe calls for honey ham and Swiss cheese.
The recipe is as follows:
- honey mustard
- 8 slices of country white bread
- Swiss cheese slices
- Honey-baked ham
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- Spread the honey mustard on the inside of the bread.
- Layer with cheese and ham according to preference.
- Top with another slice of bread.
- In a shallow pan, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
- Dip each sandwich in the mixture, coating each side well.
- Melt butter on a medium to low heat.
- Fry sandwiches until golden brown on each side.
- Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
This is a fantastic sandwich recipe. It is easy to assemble, virtually cheap to create, and able to serve a large crowd easily. The batter creates a unique flavor that really adds to the whole eating experience. Because these are heavy sandwiches, they go a long way for a little bit of money. The combination of sweet and savory is impeccable. The honey mustard adds just the perfect amount of sweet to compliment the savory of the ham and Swiss cheese. This recipe is definitely a winner.
Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations:
Whole Foods Market
1330 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
1020 41st Street
Baltimore, MD 21211