Ham and cheese are what you need for Monte cristo sandwich. This recipe is based on the way French toast is made, but you just add sandwich touch. You can buy all ingredients at market. The recipe is capable to expand with additional toppings, sugar, honey, or anything based on your personal taste.
This recipe is suitable for any mealtime. You can enjoy in the morning because the prep and cook time is relatively quick. Instead of regular sandwich, this recipe gives different taste to boost your mood in the morning. Furthermore, the recipe is suitable for lunch and dinner. You can make Monte cristo sandwich in the morning and it is still good enough for lunch. For dinner, the warm and savory sandwich is perfect companion to enjoy the peaceful night. For further instruction, just read the following sections.
- 4 slices white bread, or any bread you want
- 2 eggs
- 1/2-1 pound baked ham, thick sliced
- 2 tbsps. yellow mustard
- 2 tbsps. mayonnaise
- 1/2-1 ounce shredded cheese
- 2 tbsps. butter
- Salt and pepper, a pinch or more
- Prepare shallow dish and beat the eggs. Add pepper and salt then mix them. Put aside for a moment.
- Create sandwiches with ham, bread, cheese, mayonnaise, salt, mustard, and pepper.
- Heat skillet and cook the butter until melt.
- Dip and cover all sandwiches with eggs.
- Cook on skillet for 3 minutes until each side is brown. Make sure the cheese is melted.
One particular difference between Monte cristo sandwich and regular one is egg covered, and the way you cook in skillet. Eggs will create extra cover on the entire bread in order to firm and keep the melted cheese from torn apart. While cooking, you should wait until the cheese is completely melted before ready to serve. Based on the recipe above, you may create two sandwiches; each has single layer. On the other hand, four breads can be put each other in one sandwich. However, the eggs might not be much covered for the entire bread.
Keep in mind the recipe requires the baked ham. You may buy this one at store or it may be already in your fridge as leftover. Normally, the sandwich uses ham, but it is not necessary if you like the other ingredients. Ham can be replaced with chicken, turkey meat, beef, or others. Of course, the taste is different but the cooking instruction is similar. For bread, this recipe is much recommended for white one. That’s not strict rule but flexible enough to adjust with what you have in the kitchen.
To control the taste, you need to adjust the salt and pepper. Both are necessary on egg mixture and sandwich. Too much pepper makes extra spicy sandwich. This recipe is basically savory but it might turn into sweet flavor. For such purpose, add sugar or pour honey while serving. Other vegetables are good options for additional servings. They are part of sandwich at all.
Cooking time is less 10 minutes since the butter is melted. Prep time is 5 to 10 minutes even more if you want to make bigger sandwiches. Well, that’s the entire recipe for Monte cristo sandwich.