A traditional Monte Cristo Sandwich is a breakfast sandwich made with Ham & Cheese, fried in butter and served with a side of strawberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar. The sandwich is first dipped in a egg batter, like French Toast before frying it. Since I love French Toast, the Monte Cristo Sandwich is right up my alley. It is believed to be based on a French sandwich called Croque Monsieur. I have seen many variations on the recipe, and today I am sharing my own, made with smoked turkey and provolone cheese. It came out so well, I am excited to try other variations of the meat and the cheese.
The thing that is amazing about this breakfast sandwich is how great the strawberry jam tastes with the meat and cheese! It is the perfect combination of sweet and savory and made a really nice breakfast on a very nice day. My husband really liked the sandwich and preferred it to be really crispy, toasty. Of course, I used homemade strawberry jam on it. I didn't serve it on the side, I put the jam right on the sandwich with the turkey and cheese. I used a honey-wheat bread for our Monte Crisos, but any variety of bread would be great. The possibility of combinations are endless! Click on the gallery of photos for an overview of how to make this special breakfast sandwich.
- Spread the jam on both slices of bread.
- Let it sit in the egg batter for a couple of seconds on each side so it soaks up some of the egg batter.
- I used a nice and hot cast iron skillet.
- Sprinkle on the powdered sugar like you mean it!