A Sandwich You Can Count On

January 19, 2010

I surprised myself last night by making something for dinner that I hadn’t planned on – Monte Cristo sandwiches (“count,” get it?  Ha.)  Even more surprising is that this is one of my favorite foods, and I had never made it before.  I don’t know why – I guess it always seemed like one of those dishes you order in a restaurant, but don’t make at home.  But now I know I was wrong – very wrong – not to have tried this in my own kitchen.  I found a recipe that bakes the sandwiches, rather than frying them, so it’s not all that unhealthy, and it’s very delicious.  I used challah bread – you want a thicker kind so it won’t fall apart after soaking up the egg batter.  Use what you’d use for French toast.  Enjoy!

Baked Monte Cristo Sandwiches (from recipezaar.com)

(makes 4 sandwiches)

  • 8 slices bread

  • 8 slices thin deli sliced Swiss cheese

  • 8 slices thin sliced ham

  • 8 slices thin sliced turkey

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • powdered sugar, for dusting

  • raspberry preserves, maple syrup and mustard, for dipping

Heat oven to 425°F.  Lightly butter a baking sheet pan.  Between two slices of bread, layer 1 slice cheese, 2 slices ham, 2 slices turkey, and another slice of cheese.  Repeat to make four sandwiches. Whisk eggs, flour, butter, salt and pepper in a shallow dish until smooth.  Blend in milk.  Dip both sides of sandwiches into egg mixture until bread is lightly soaked.  Place on baking sheet; drizzle any remaining egg mixture over top of sandwiches.  Bake 7-8 minutes until bottom is golden brown.  Turn with wide spatula and continue baking 6-7 minutes or until second side is golden brown.  Cut sandwiches in half on the diagonal, dust with powdered sugar.  Serve warm with preserves, syrup and mustard for dipping.  Eat!



  1. Seriously? I assumed these were fried. That makes last night’s dinner even better!

  2. Yum!

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