Monte Cristo Sandwiches

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There are a few fundamental problems with the pictures in this blog post.

Number One: This is the same plate that appeared in yesterday’s pictures. Note to self: The red plate is grounded for a week.

Number Two: Too much light. Daylight savings, dang you for sucking away the natural sunlight, leaving me forlornly snapping pics in front of a fake lamp. Ick.

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Number Three: Thankful for the help of a little minion, the mother decides to forego any mention of the fingernails which need clipping and cleaning.

It’s a professional gig we’re running over here. Nothing but the best for you Cheeky peeps.

Number Four: Licking the pics off the screen just isn’t the same as snarfing down the real thing. Note to reader: Make these immediately. Devour. Enjoy. (Red plate, bad lighting, dirty fingernails not required).

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Spicy Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Spicy pepperjack is melted with ham between two french toasted slices of bread, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and served alongside warm strawberry jam. No, seriously. It's the best sandwich you'll ever eat for dinner, or lunch, or breakfast. Below is the recipe for 2 sandwiches. If you're making enough for the family, make sure you double or triple the amounts below. The sandwiches store well overnight and reheat beautifully in the microwave after a 35-45 second zap.

Ingredients:

4 thick slices of sturdy white bread
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 eggs
3 tablespoons milk
6 sliced ham, sliced very thin
1 cup pepperjack cheese, grated
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 cup strawberry jam, warmed

Directions:

Preheat a griddle or skillet to medium heat. Butter each slice of bread with butter, then coat the buttered side lightly with cornstarch. Beat the eggs and milk together. Place 3 slices of ham on the unbuttered side of one piece of bread, top with 1/2 cup of the cheese, place the second slice of bread over the top, then dip each of the butter/cornstarch sides of the sandwich into the egg mixture. Spray heated griddle with nonstick cooking spray, then cook the sandwich on both sides until lightly browned. (To make sure the cheese melts completely inside the sandwich, cover the pan with a lid while cooking.) Transfer to serving plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with warmed strawberry jam for dipping.

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23 Responses to “Monte Cristo Sandwiches”

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    Donna on November 30, 2010 at 11:37 pm Reply

    My kids have been craving Monte Cristo sandwiches since they got a bite of mine at Disneyland. They think the sandwiches are only available at Disneyland! I might have to make these and surprise them.

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    ♥peachkins♥ on December 1, 2010 at 12:21 am Reply

    that looks like my daughter's fingernails yesterday..haha!

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    kara lynn on December 1, 2010 at 12:23 am Reply

    i LOVE these sandwiches. i made them in a foods class back in high school and have wanted to make them since! thank you!

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    Jennifer (Savor) on December 1, 2010 at 5:41 am Reply

    What if we only hvae red plates, bad lighting, dirty AND broken fingernails? Are we grounded as well?

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    Amy on December 1, 2010 at 7:30 am Reply

    I read this and thought, "really?….seriously??? Is she trying to trick me?" I'd never heard of such a thing, pepperjack and strawberry jam? POWDERED SUGAR!!!! I had to try them.

    The sandwich was so good that I ate two. Guess you're not a trickster after all…at least when it comes to food.

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    Lesley on December 1, 2010 at 8:41 am Reply

    YUM!!!

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    Laura on December 1, 2010 at 9:29 am Reply

    YUMMY! Love the idea of using constarch. I am gonna have to give that one a try.

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    Karly on December 1, 2010 at 9:51 am Reply

    Oh, I adore a good Monte Cristo sandwich…even if my husband does always accidentally call them Monte Carlo sandwiches. ;)

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    connie k. on December 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm Reply

    I never thought of making Monte Cristo sandwiches at home, I know both my husband and I will gain after learning this! It looks delicious. I hate the Daylight Savings time, too. It's almost dark by the time I get home from work. My workday is over at 4:00 PM and it's only a 30 minute drive. I want my sunshine!!!

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    Holland on December 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm Reply

    I LOVE these! Thanks for posting!

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    Vittle me this... on December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm Reply

    yummy!

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    Shaina on December 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm Reply

    Let us never speak of dirty fingernails on small little girls. I have a massive picture of one of my girl's dirty fingernails up as she scarfs down a homemade fruit roll-up. Too bad, says me. I was just excited that when I found her playing in the dirt it was only her fingernails and not the dress that was soiled.

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    Jamica on December 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm Reply

    Oh, Brooke! You've outdone yourself! I was reminded of these divine sandwiches just the other day… yum! Can't wait to try these!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} on December 2, 2010 at 8:12 am Reply

    Oh YES please to this Monte Cristo! The sweet & savory thing has me sold. xo

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    Jamica on December 2, 2010 at 10:15 am Reply

    Just made them for breakfast! So happy to have a left over for lunch!

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    grace on December 2, 2010 at 12:59 pm Reply

    pepper jack is the cheese of the gods, and its usage here is nothing short of brilliant. best monte cristo ever.

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    EFT for Cancer on December 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm Reply

    grilled cheese! now that's what I love. yummy!

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    Michelle on December 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm Reply

    Oh my, Brooke. My family loves a monte cristo, but ever since Bennigans closed we haven't found anywhere to get them. This is going to make the dinner list this week, and they are going to be so excited!

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    Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet on December 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm Reply

    When we went to Disneyland the shop that sells them was closed everyday, I think I'll try these so I can enjoy them anytime I want.

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    droolfactor on December 9, 2010 at 4:58 am Reply

    Hi Brooke, I love your blog and all the amazing food you create. One quick question, what kind of lamp / bulb do you use for your lighting? I'm suffering from daylight-savings photo syndrome as well and it suckeths. Any advice is appreciated!

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    Kelly on December 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Couldn't wait to make these, finally got to it today and they were a huge hit! Thanks!

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    Nats on March 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm Reply

    I love Monte Cristos but never made one myself… this recipe was PERFECT! They turned out so delicious, thank you!

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