Decided that today would be a good day to make a monte cristo sandwich for lunch. Over the years I have read a lot of recipes for them. Some, well not my idea of a good idea, with powdered sugar and maple syrup. To me this is a totally savory sandwich. The first one I had was in a restaurant as a breakfast item. Probably made it myself about 10 times, usually with a lot of years between them. As I made it today I again remembered why I don’t make it often. Lunch for me is normally something very quick and simple. Making a monte cristo is definitely not very quick but it is still sort of simple. Spending 20 minutes waiting for my lunch for me is a pain. What makes it worth it occasionally is how good a monte cristo is. This is one of the great sandwiches that have been created.
The way I make mine has a lot to do with how much I like hot mustard and cheese. It is always a good idea to use things you like in any sandwich. The one I had in a restaurant was good but was a lot different than I make. Restaurants make things to appeal to a large number of people, mine is strictly appealing to my taste. The cheese you can just use a type of cheese you like. It isn’t the meat or cheese that makes it a monte cristo it’s the whole idea of how you put it all together. For me what makes it so good is all the gooey cheese and the great taste of the egg. So this is how I make mine.
2 teaspoons half and half cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Beat together in a small bowl that the bread will fit in.
2 slices rye bread
Sliced ham as much as you like
Sliced mozzarella cheese enough to cover 1 slice of bread
Provolone cheese enough to cover 1 slice of bread
Sliced old cheddar cheese enough to cover 1 slice of bread
Place a metal tray in the oven and preheat to 350.
Spread mustard on both slices of bread. Cover one slice with provolone cheese, add half of the ham then top with cheddar cheese. Add the remaining ham, the mozzarella cheese, top with the other slice of bread. Dip the sandwich in the egg mixture making sure both sides are well soaked with egg. Preheat a frying pan on medium heat with 2 teaspoons butter. Add the sandwich to the pan and brown well on both sides. Place the sandwich in the oven on the tray, bake for 15 minutes, turn halfway through. Cut in half and serve.