Monte Cristo Sandwich

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino romano
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 6 thin slices of challah bread or brioche
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 ounces Emmentaler (Swiss) cheese, sliced thin
  • 1/4 pound sliced honey roasted turkey
  • 1/4 pound sliced black forrest ham
  • powdered sugar
  • strawberry or raspberry jam
  1. Whisk the egg, milk, flour, cheese and nutmeg together until smooth. Heat a skillet or griddle large enough to accomodate all the slices of bread in a single layer over medium heat. Dip the slices of bread into the egg mixture, giving it a few seconds on each side to absorb the batter.
  2. Add the butter to the pan once it is hot, then place as many slices of battered bread onto it as you can fit. Wait till it is golden brown and crisp on one side, then flip and top 4 pieces of bread with the cheese. Put the turkey on 2 of cheesed slices of bread and the ham on the other 2 cheesed slices of bread.
  3. Fry until the bread is browned and crisp on the second side, then make the sandwich by stacking a ham slice with a turkey slice topped with a plain piece of French toast. Slice the sandwiches in half, dust with powdered sugar, and serve with a small bowl of jam.