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The Legendary Monte Cristo Sandwich

by: Benjamin Glenn
The dreaded calorie rich Monte Cristo Sandwich is said, in some circles to be just a legend. After all, it is not your ordinary sandwich and exists on the fringes of the sandwich universe. In this day of calorie counting, trans fat, good carbs and bad carbs, heart diseases and high colestoral, the Monte Christo is somewhat of an anachronism. It’s not plain and simple like: peanut butter and jelly or tuna and rye. It’s also not fancy and sleek like: roast turkey, avocado and tomato.The Monte Cristo is a hearty, calorie rich, eat at your own risk type of sandwich. It’s not for the timid or faint of heart.

I think the only real sandwich that comes even close to the Monte Cristo for sheer volume and density alone, is the Dagwood.

Below is one recipe for the Monte Cristo. The meat and cheese can be changed to fit your own personal needs. I have also provided two versions of cooking . That’s right. A monte Cristo has cooking involved. That’s why it’s so deliciously decadent.

1/4 cup of half-and-half
1 egg
3 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

5 slices of white bread
4 slices of turkey (1 oz.)
4 slices of swiss cheese
4 slices of ham
1/2 cup of the mustard of your choice
Vegetable oil (to fry)
powdered confectioners sugar
currant jelly sauce

Mix all six ingredients for batter in a bowl, using wisk.

Turn 5 slices of bread in batter, then add to griddle or pan. Turn bread after it browns, 2 to 3 minutes.

Top 2 slices of bread with currant jelly and the other 2 slices with mustard. Add 2 slices of chesse and 2 slices of ham to the currant covered bread and 2 slices of turkey and 2 slices of cheese to the mustard covered bread.

Assemble sandwich. On top of either the turkey or ham place on slice of bread, on top of this add the remaining combination. Press jently together and cut into triangles and place a toothpick through each. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Or for a real shock to your system, use maple syrup.

Alternate Method:

Cut each assembled sandwich into triangles and put a toothpick through each.

In a 10 in. pan, heat 2 to 3 cups of oil to 350 degrees. Dip one-half of the sandwich in batter, allowing excess to drain, and carefully place in oil. Cook about 2 to 3 min. on one side. Turn, cook 3 min. on other side. Serve with currant jelly and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

That’s it. Enjoy.

About the Author
Because of ProfitLance, Ben has learned to write articles about some of the things he enjoys. You can get more information at:ProfitLance

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