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Monte Cristo Sandwich

This sweet and savory, decadent American sandwich is like a cross between French toast and a croque madame.
Course Breakfast, Sandwich
Cuisine French
Keyword french toast, ham, jam, mustard, turkey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the batter:

  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For assembly:

  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 8 slices thick-cut country bread
  • ¾ pound deli-sliced roasted turkey
  • ¾ pound deli-sliced black forest ham
  • cups shredded Gruyère cheese
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil, for frying

For serving:

  • 2 tablespoon confectioners sugar
  • ¼ cup raspberry jam

Instructions

For the batter:

  • In a large shallow bowl whisk together the eggs, milk and salt.

For assembly:

  • In a small bowl stir together the maple syrup and whole grain mustard until combined and set aside.
  • Lay 4 slices of the bread on a clean workspace. Divide the slices of turkey among the slices of bread followed by the slices of ham. Top with the Gruyère.
  • On the remaining slices of bread, spread 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup mixture on each. Close the sandwiches and gently press down to keep the sandwich together.
  • Working one at a time, dip each sandwich into the egg mixture then carefully flip it so it’s coated on both sides. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
  • Add the oil to a sauté pan, heat over medium heat until the oil looks shiny. Working one sandwich at a time, add to the oil and fry until golden brown, turning the heat down if the sandwich browns too quickly, about 3 minutes.
  • Carefully flip and continue to fry until golden brown and the cheese is melted, about an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove to a cooling rack set over a paper-towel lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining sandwiches.

For serving:

  • Cut sandwiches into halves or quarters. Add the confectioners sugar to a sifter or a fine mesh strainer and gently tap to dust the sandwiches with the sugar. Serve immediately with a side of raspberry jam.