Monte Cristos Monte Cristos

Monte Cristos | Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Renée Drexler/The Props Image by: Jim Norton

These classic sandwiches can eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 20 minutes
  • Portion size 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 4 slices egg bread (such as challah or brioche)
  • 1 tablespoon grainy Dijon mustard
  • 2 square slices Swiss cheese , halved
  • 4 slices Black Forest ham
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons black currant jam or sweet red pepper jelly , stirred

Method

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In shallow bowl, whisk eggs with milk.

Place 2 slices of the bread on large cutting board; spread each with mustard. Layer each with 1 slice of the cheese and 2 slices of the ham. Top with remaining cheese; sandwich with remaining bread. Dip each sandwich into egg mixture, soaking for 15 seconds per side; return to cutting board.

Preheat oven to 400°F. In large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; cook sandwiches, turning once, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to prepared pan; bake until sandwiches are warmed through and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Cut in half; serve with jam for dipping.

Test Kitchen Tip: Leftover cranberry sauce makes a great substitute for the jam or jelly.

WINE PAIRING

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Château des Charmes Pinot Noir, Estate Grown & Bottled, $16.95 750 mL bottle

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 2126 mg
  • Sugars 15 g
  • Protein 33 g
  • Calories 599
  • Total fat 24 g
  • Potassium 590 mg
  • Cholesterol 261 mg
  • Saturated fat 11 g
  • Total carbohydrate 61 g
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