Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Kids will love this French toast sandwich made with a melted cheese and mild ham filling.

Ingredients

  • 2   eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 8 slices (1/2 inch thick) Italian bread
  • 8 slices (1/2 ounce each) Swiss cheese
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced deli ham or turkey or combination of both
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  •  Powdered sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves

Directions

  1. In Small Batter Bowl, combine eggs and milk; whisk until smooth using Stainless Whisk. Pour egg mixture into shallow bowl. Dip one side of 4 bread slices in egg mixture. Place bread, egg side down, on Large Grooved Cutting Board.

  2. For each sandwich, place 1 cheese slice on bread. Top with 1 1/2 ounces ham and additional cheese slice. Dip one side of remaining bread slices in egg mixture; top sandwiches, egg side up.

  3. Melt butter in (12-in.) Skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwiches about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown, turning with Nylon Turner. To serve, sprinkle sandwiches with powdered sugar using Flour/Sugar Shaker, if desired. Serve with strawberry preserves for dipping.

Yield:

  • 4 sandwiches
      servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 430, Total Fat 17 g, Saturated Fat 9 g, Cholesterol 170 mg, Carbohydrate 48 g, Protein 23 g, Sodium 850 mg, Fiber 1 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

3 starch, 2 meat, 1 fat (3 carb)

Cook's Tips:

The Monte Cristo is a diner classic. Although the sandwich is usually grilled or fried in butter, some restaurants batter and deep-fry it. Grilled or deep-fried, a Monte Cristo sandwich is not complete unless it is served with preserves, jam or jelly.

American cheese can be substitued for the Swiss cheese, if desired.

The Square (11-in.) Griddle can also be used to grill these these sandwiches.

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