Introduction: Monte Cristo: King of Sandwiches
Imagine a world where sandwiches reign supreme. The lowly PB&J bows to the peanut butter banana sandwich, which in turn owes fealty to the grilled cheese sandwich. The emperor of this sandwich kingdom is the mighty Monte Cristo Sandwich, a delicacy that has no equal throughout the empire. The Monte Cristo is a master of deception, appearing at first to be a lowly ham sandwich. However, this happens to be the camouflage behind which is a sandwich so bold as to aspire to reign over both the breakfast and lunch menus. That's right! A lunchtime ham and cheese sandwich on the inside, the Monte Cristo doubles as a breakfast with a delicious french toast sheath. This sandwich can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or brunch, eaten as is or dipped in ketchup. Give this noble delight a try and your life will never be the same.
- 2 slices sandwich or baguette bread
- butter for spreading and frying
- 2-4 slices deli sliced ham (depending on thickness)
- 2-3 slices swiss cheese (depending on bread size)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
Step 1: Preparing the Bread
- Cut two slices of sandwich or baguette bread. if frozen, defrost them.
- Spread a liberal coat of butter on both slices.
Step 2: The Toppings
- Place the ham and cheese slices on the buttered side of one slice of bread.
- spread mustard onto the buttered side of the second slice.
- Put the two slices together.
Step 3: Egg Bath
- In a flat bottomed container big enough to fit the pieces of bread, combine the egg and half cup of milk.
- Whisk together with a fork until evenly mixed.
- Place sandwich in egg bath for about 5 seconds, so that the bath starts to soak into the bread.
- Flip over the sandwich and repeat with the other side.
Step 4: Frying
- Heat a small frying pan on medium low heat.
- Melt about one tablespoon of butter on the pan.
- Place the sandwich in the pan for 2-4 minutes, or until the bottom side is golden brown.
- Flip the sandwich over and repeat with the second side.
- Remove the sandwich from heat and allow to cool.
Step 5: Enjoy!
There you have it! Eat the sandwich plain or with ketchup, or enjoy this royal feast with a side of fried eggs or breakfast sausage. This sandwich makes a great menu item for either breakfast or lunch.
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