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I have seen many recipes over the years for Monte Cristo Sandwiches. They have intrigued me and I have wanted to give them a try, but for some reason I never have. Well, that changed Saturday morning. For some reason, I was thinking about the book, The Count of Monte Cristo, when I woke up in the morning. Then, I thought about breakfast for my husband and I and BINGO, I decided that Saturday morning would be the morning that I gave Monte Cristo Sandwiches a try! (Yup, that is how my mind works.)
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.
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Here is the recipe that I made:
The next time you want something a little different and a little special for breakfast or brunch, give Monte Cristo Sandwiches a try!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!