Sunday evening, Chef asked me, “What should I make for dinner tomorrow?”
“Hmmm,” I replied. “I dunno.”
“I’m thinking Monte Cristos.”
Oh, goody! Monte Cristos are this marvelous conjunction of sweet and savory. And since they’re fried, I can hardly believe the State Fair hasn’t discovered them yet and started selling them.
Here’s what you do: Start by making a ham and cheese sandwich.
Ham, cheese (Chef used Swiss), and whatever condiments you like. Ours had brown mustard and sweet & spicy mustard on them.
Then you’re going to “French-Toast-ize them,” as my husband so eloquently put it. Make whatever eggy goodness you make when you prepare French Toast: eggs, milk, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg. Then dip your sandwich into it.
Get it all nice and coated with the egg mixture.
Then place the sandwich into a pan in which you’ve got hot oil.
When they are nice and brown, you’ll have a delicious pile of them like this:
Oh, but you’re not done yet. Blackberry sauce…
And powdered sugar…
And NOW look at this:
You can just as easily use jelly for a topping if you don’t want to make a blackberry sauce. That’s what we’ve done in the past, but we had some blackberries and Chef figured why not use them?
Note: these are not fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free, Kosher, sugar-free, or vegetarian. However, they are DELICIOUS.