Friday, March 13, 2009

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

My sister Erin, and I created a new holiday YEARS ago. We called it Magazine Day (and even celebrate it, to this day!). We would buy tons of magazines and read them all day long. Then we'd rip out the good ideas and organize them into "our notebooks." Sadly, the holiday just passed last month, and I wasn't able to celebrate, but Erin did! Somehow, we decided that on Magazine Day, we HAD to make Monte Christo Sandwiches. In case you've never had them, it's like a ham, turkey, and cheese sandwich, but on FRENCH TOAST! You dust it with powdered sugar and eat it with a fork!. I love the blend of sweet and savory. And this recipe comes from our good friend, Martha Mae.
Monte Cristo Sandwiches
-Martha Stewart-

2 tsp. Dijon or honey mustard
4 ½ inch thick slices white bread
4 oz. Swiss cheese, thinly cliced
2 oz. Black Forest ham, thinly sliced
2 oz. roast turkey breast, thinly sliced
2 large eggs
¼ c. milk
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Pinch nutmeg
2 Tbs. butter
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400. Spread mustard evenly over 2 slices bread. Top each with one quarter of the cheese. Place half of ham and turkey on cheese. Cover with remaining cheese. Top with remaining slices of bread to make 2 sandwiches. In large, shallow dish, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Dip each sandwich in egg mixture to coat well on both sides. On griddle or in large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sandwiches and cook until golden brown. (about 4 min. per side. Cut each in half and dust with powdered sugar.
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