"This is the real Monte Cristo sandwich. It has a nice thick batter and is absolutely delicious. Enjoy hot sandwich with currant jelly or make a currant sauce with currant jelly, water and heavy cream." — SEAWAKIM
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oil for frying, or as needed
1 3/4 teaspoons
ground black pepper
confectioners' sugar for dusting
This is a fool proof recipe, but I agree with Vange's suggestions. This recipe can be very successfully accomplished in a pan with clarified butter. I like the results better than deepfrying, and the flavor is so much better. I might also suggest using eggbread, because it looks so beautiful on the plate when you're finished. I love strawberry preserves with mine along with the powdered sugar.
I was very curious about this sandwich so decided to make it for dinner. My husband and I with raised brows took our first bite and were pleasantly surprised. Again with curiousity we tried our next bites with strawberry jam. Very tasty! But I honestly don't think I'll make it again unless I happen to have some odd reason to gain weight. I just can't justify eating a batter dipped sandwich. Hubby thought we should have deep fried candy bars with it, hehe. Good recipe but not worth the calories.
I'm not a big grease fan and to some that might be the best part of this sandwich. I cooked the first two sandwiches according to the recipe. To no surprise the grease took over the flavor. As a result, I decided to eliminate the grease for the rest and lightly coated the pan. I cooked it like I would a grilled cheese. The sandwich was DELICIOUS and my mind was put at ease b/c I was not clogging my arteries. I also used Hawaiian Bread and dipped them in blackberry jelly.
Excellent sandwich for students to make with extra stuff lying around the house. Subed Old Cheddar for Swiss and fried it in a pan with just a little margarine, like french toast. Absolutely amazing.
This IS the monte cristo from the Blue Bayou at Disneyland. I've eaten it many times. Excellent recipe and simple to prepare.
I made this the other night when we were low on groceries.......what a pleasant surprise.....This was awesome!!!! It tasted just like the one at Bennigan's. I left out the ham since I didn't have any, and subbed American cheese since thats what I had, and doubled the batter as other reviewers suggested. I couldn't find my FryDaddy, so I pan-fried it in a deep skillet in about an inch of oil........worked perfectly!! I served with Brandied Blackberry Preserves and it was delicious! Thanks for a cheap and easy recipe to add to the rotation!
Perfect! I used jalapeno Monterey Jack instead of Swiss. One user commented it was hard to keep the sandwich together, so I inserted the toothpicks at such an angle to the bread, that they were barely sticking out. This held together much more securely than just inserting it straight through. Berry jam is a must w/ this. (oh, and I also heated my oil to 400 as someone else suggested....Perfect!)
Making this recipe was my first experience with monte cristo sandwiches, and they were delicious! Surprisingly, they also reheat very well, even in the microwave.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Monte Cristo Sandwich - the Real One
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 282
** Calories from Fat: 151
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