I’ve been reading a classic and it inspired me to create this sandwich-The Monte Cristo. Can you guess the title of the book?
Well, this hybrid croque-monsieur, (also known as the grilled cheese with ham) calls for butter-frying the white bread in an egg batter, similar to french toast; it is a decadent treat that pairs salty, savory with sweet. It is joined with jam or preserves and sometimes sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar! I opted for a candied fig garnish and no powdered sugar. If you love hot, satisfying sandwiches, this ones for you!
This recipe makes 3 sandwiches, adjust as needed.
For the sandwich:
- 6 Slices of White Bread
- 1/4 pound of roasted turkey, thin slices
- 1/4 pound Honey Ham or Regular Ham, thin slices Slices
- A wedge of Gruyère cheese
For the candied fig side garnish:
- 4 figs
- Several tablespoons of sugar
- Triple Sec or orange juice
- 2-3 whole eggs
- Preheat oven to 300 Farenheit or 150 Celsius
- Gently cut figs into small wedges
- Crack eggs into bowl and whisk to a blended consistency
- Make the sandwich: Ham, Turkey and slices of cheese; Set aside next to batter.
Making the Candied Figs:
- put several large tablespoons of sugar into a pan add a few splashes of water then set on stove top on medium temperature.
- Caramelize the sugar.
- Add figs and stir them around to get them evenly coated.
- Add a few splashes of triple sec and reduce heat to low-medium heat.
- Allow to reduce and thicken for a few minutes then remove the pan from heat.
Making the Monte Cristo
- Heat a skillet on the stove at medium to high temperature, adding a liberal chunk of salted butter.
- Dip the Sandwich whole into the batter, coating bottom and top slices of bread in egg.
- When the skillet is hot and the butter is just beginning to brown, place the drenched sandwich into the skillet.
- Fry each side for several minutes. Repeat for the remaining 2.
- Remove sandwich from skillet and place on a middle rack in the oven for 5-7 minutes to get a nice crunchy and melty texture.
Serve the Monte Cristo as a Sandwich in two portions and dress the sides of the plate with the candied fig garnish. Don’t be a stranger to the figs; dip your Monte right into the sauce- it’s boss!