Friday, January 23, 2009

Monte Cristos

I've wanted to try a Monte Cristo for YEARS. An old boyfriend ordered them often, but I never tried one. The combination always sounded kinda weird... meat & cheese & French toast, but I was always very curious.


Aaron McCargo Jr made them on Big Daddy's House recently. And then Bob from Cooking Stuff was talking about a Monte Cristo-like sandwich over on BakeSpace in one of the Dinner Threads.

I decided it was time to take care of my curiosity.

I pretty much used Aaron McCargo Jr's recipe.

I made the sandwiches the same, but I changed up the Cranberry Syrup a little. I didn't want to put cold syrup on my hot sandwiches, so I heated it. I also used whole berry cranberry sauce for a little more texture.

Monte Cristo
4 eggs
1/4 C milk (approx)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sugar
pinch of salt
6 slices of bread
6 slices of swiss
sliced ham
sliced turkey

Preheat oven to 350F
Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and salt.
Assemble sandwiches (make them to your liking - maybe you like more meat or less.. however you like it)

Melt butter in a skillet.

Dip entire assembled sandwich into egg mixture and place dipped sandwich in hot skillet.

Cook sandwiches until golden and flip. When the other side is golden, remove to a cookie sheet and bake in 350F oven until cheese is all melty and sandwich is heated through.

Serve with Maple Cranberry Sauce.

Maple Cranberry Sauce
1 16oz can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/4 C maple syrup
salt & pepper to taste

Heat all ingredients in small sauce pan until warmed through.


Ok.... eggs

Plus milk, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, and salt.

Whisk it up.

Assemble your sammies



Smoked Turkey

More Swiss

Heat up the skillet and add butter

Dip your sandwiches into the egg mixture



And into the skillet

Turn when golden

And into the oven to ensure warm melty goodness!

Some warm yummy chunky Cranberry Maple Sauce

It's dinner time!!!!


So the verdict?

Tawny didn't like it. (I think she did eat the whole thing... or most of it... she tried disassembling it... definitely not a winner in her book)

Jon said, "I could eat it again" Which led to a discussion of....
So if you had to rate The Monte Cristo, which answer is most correct?

Would definitely recommend it to a friend.
Would probably recommend it to a friend.
May or May Not recommend it to a friend.
Would probably not recommend it to a friend.
Would definitely not recommend it to a friend.

He didn't really say which the answer was! But I think he would eat it without complaint if I made them again, but he would not actually 'request' them.

I enjoyed it. I did add Dijon mustard to mine and instead of dipping the sandwich, I added the Cranberry Maple Sauce to the inside. Next time, I'd add the Dijon while assembling.

I think this is something that I'll suddenly have a craving for and will end up making again, but probably not often, due to the lackluster response of my family.


Bob said...

Those look awesome. My girlfriend wasn't crazy about the things I made either, but I loved it.

I remember one job I had where a catering truck came by every morning. They had a sandwich that was a fried egg, sausage, bacon and cheese on french toast. It was unreal, everyone called it the heart attack. :)

Joelen said...

This looks delicious! I love the combo of sweet and savory!

Michele said...

They look great. Really makes me crave french toast!

Donna-FFW said...

I love the combo you chose to make. All the step by step photos I enjoy too.. Bet it was delicious!

Sara said...

These look great - I love monte cristos, but have never tried to make them before!

Meg said...

Looks delicious to me.

Reeni♥ said...

They sure look really good!!

tamilyn said...

I worked (very briefly) at a restaurant and this was one of the top sellers at lunch time. So good, but I don't like to dip mine. Just a personal preference. Good camping too, just pop on the griddle.

Spryte said...

Thanks for all the cool comments! You guys rock!

Carrie said...

I love monte cristos and the resturant that use to have them went out of business, I should try them at home.

Spryte said...

You should!! They're really easy!