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Something Old Tries Something New!

The Good, The Bad, The Indifferent 
Mar. 3, 2011 8:10 am 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2011 5:42 am
Teenagers are a separate life form. You have mammals, reptiles, amphibians. Teenagers should be a group like that. An entirely separate species. They don't think like rational people and they don't think like kids. They are unpredictable. My boys are 19 and 16. If there is one thing I know, it's this, just when I think I know what they are going to do or say...BAM! They throw a curve ball at my head!

My youngest likes to argue. Not unusual for a teen but he does it because he enjoys it. I keep telling him he should be a lawyer, but he says he'd have to be a jerk if he was a lawyer. Of course his brother chimes in with "Then you'd make a PERFECT lawyer!" Ahh, brotherly love.

We used to live in Port Orchard, WA when my husband was in the Navy. There was a wonderful little eatery downtown that made the BEST Monte Cristo sandwiches I've ever had. I've never been able to duplicate it and I've never found anyone else that could either. I don't remember the name of the place but I doubt they're still there anyway. Because of them, I am on an eternal quest for a recipe for those Monte Cristo sandwiches. I've tried hundreds, maybe even thousands, of recipes and I have come to the conclusion I will NEVER get to have those sandwiches again. Perhaps, after all this time I've so built-it-up in my head that NO recipe will compare. Maybe. But like Clark Griswold says in Vacation "It's a quest!" A quest for fun - sure but a quest for the elusive Monte Cristo sandwich is not a simple task.

My poor family has been subjected to some strange and sometimes disgusting versions of this evasive "Perfect Sandwich." In my quest, last night a decide to try something so different, so radical that it was taking "think outside the box" to another level. I prepared an obscure recipe for the Monte Cristo. It was called Monte Cristo Sandwiches but it was no ordinary sandwich. Two slices of bread-- yes but this sandwich was...(dun Dun DUN).. BAKED! Yes that's right. I said it. Baked. Not just baked but soaked in an egg mixture for 8 hours and then baked for an hour! I know, I know, it's crazy, right? But strange concoctions...well... they don't always work. My husband thought it was good. My youngest thought it was bad and my oldest son said "It's not bad but its not great."

Don't get me wrong! In the recipes for the Monte Cristo that we have tried, this was NOT the worst one. In fact, if it was called something else it would probably be pretty good. Ta Da! (Light bulb goes on over my head) So I've changed the name (to protect the innocent) and decided this is a breakfast or brunch thing to serve. I will call it........The Monte Cristo Egg Bake!
"And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper."
" But do not go in fear, Grasshopper. Fear is eternal darkness. Go instead with inner strength."
"So without further eloquence.."

The Monte Cristo Egg Bake

16 slices sandwich bread, crusts trimmed (I used wheat bread)

8 slices deli ham

8 slices deli turkey

8 slices cheddar

6 large eggs, beaten

3 c. milk

1/2 tsp. onion salt

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

2 1/2 c. crushed cornflakes (about 6oz. uncrushed)

1/2 c. butter, melted

1. Spray a 13x9 glass baking dish with nonstick spray. Arrange a single layer of 8 bread slices in the dish. Top each slice of bread with a slice of ham,turkey and cheddar. Cover with remaining 8 bread slices.

2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, onion salt, and dry mustard. Pour over the bread in dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

3. The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine crushed cornflakes and melted butter; mix well. Spread on top of sandwiches. Bake until crisp and golden, about 1 hour.

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Mar. 3, 2011 12:02 pm
Zen, think I'll have to pass on this one...even if it is good, bad or OK :)... have gained (multiple) pounds on my trip to see the engaged nephew...and another's wedding is in 3 weeks.
Mar. 3, 2011 12:03 pm
Oh, but kudos to you for the spin on this!
Mar. 3, 2011 3:13 pm
Don't really blame you Marvel. I shudder to think what the calorie count on this is! Not to mention the cholesterol- Yikes!
Mar. 3, 2011 6:35 pm
I can honestly say I have never had a Monte Cristo and this sounds like it is right up my alley! Cute blog!
Mar. 4, 2011 9:07 am
Great blog and now I must go find out what a Monte Christo sandwich is!
Mar. 4, 2011 9:09 am
Were you also a fan of the old series, "Kung Fu"? I loved that show!
Mar. 5, 2011 5:42 am
@Lace- I loved that show too. Now when I see it, it seems kinda corny. But isn't that the way with all tv shows from our youth? In case anyone was wondering, I referenced 5 movies and one book in the above.
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