{45 by 45} monte cristo sandwich...

sorry for my absence we went camping on the beach last week at doheney state beach in dana point.. it was so much fun!! but the weekend before we left i cooked and made a monte cristo sandwich which is by far my favorite sandwich and quite possibly my favorite breakfast/lunch meal of all time..whenever i see it on the menu i get a little giddy.. i first had one years and years ago at the country club my dad was a member of.. called the las vegas country club (clever huh??) you might have seen it in the movie casino.. well i loved the lvcc and have very fond memories of it... going to lunch, mothers day brunch.. my golf lessons (which didn't last long), tennis lessons (which lasted a few weeks longer than the golf), charging stuff on my dad's account at the pro shop thinking it was one of the perks not knowing my dad would then get a bill ha ha.. but my favorite memory was the monte cristo sandwich.. :) i've been eating it for probably 30+ years so i don't have a "recipe" to credit.. just my love of an awesome sandwich!! now if you've never had a monte cristo sandwich make one, like now... or hyou must order one next time you see it on a menu.. its a cross between french toast and a club sandwich.. it might sound weird but it's amazing.. no kidding.. like totally ahhhhhhmmaaaazzzzziiinnnggggggg..

now i prefer the "stack" monte cristo as opposed to just 2 pieces of bread with the stuff inside.. and maybe because the one i had at the lvcc was always cooked this way no matter which chef we were on.. so i say don't change what aint broke.. *smile* alot of places serve it with jam or jelly but i prefer syrup..

monte cristo

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 15 minutes
servings: 2


6 slices of white bread (i don't like the texas toast or thick cut it's to bready)
swiss cheese
deli honey glazed ham
deli turkey
4 large eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
powdered sugar

layer bread slices with cheese, ham and turkey, i put turkey and cheese on one slice of bread  and then top it with another slice of bread, then add the ham and cheese and top with the remaining piece of bread.. in a shallow dish whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla.. dip each sandwich in the mixture.. turning to coat well.. in a large skillet.. (i used my flat griddle) melt butter over medium low heat.. when butter is foamy add the sandwiches and cook.. turning once.. you want it to be golden brown like french toast on both sides.. about 6-8 minutes.. when done remove to your serving plate and dust with powdered sugar  and serve immediately with warm syrup.. (now pete said the middle piece of bread was a little squishy on his so i took out my middle bread before cooking dipped it in the egg mixture cooked it separately then added it back to the middle of the sandwich and dipped the entire sandwich again and cooked it and mine was not squishy!!)


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