Monte Cristo Sandwich

This is one of my hubby’s favorite sandwiches. Back in the day, you could find these in quite a few restaurants down here where we live, but now I think there is only one place that serves them. Which is a shame because how can you not love a sandwich layered with ham, swiss cheese, turkey, more cheese then dipped in eggs and grilled to perfection and lightly kissed with powdered sugar. It’s kind of like a hearty, deli sandwich that has been hugged between two pieces of French toast. So after hubby’s declaration of craving one for days (and he had me wanting one as well), I decided to make them.

There are variations of the Monte Crisco Sandwich. Some have raspberry jam, some have Dijon mustard and there are a few that have that extra layer of bread in the middle. I made this one with a little smear of mayonnaise and only two pieces of bread. Either way you make them, they are great for lunch, brunch (with mimosas, yes please!) or even dinner. If you have never tried them, you are in for a special treat.

Here’s what you need:

*2 slices white bread per sandwich; I used sandwich bread but you can use what you prefer

*2 eggs; this was enough for 3 sandwiches

*pinch of salt

*mayonnaise to taste

*sliced ham; I used black forest ham

*sliced turkey

*sliced swiss cheese

*2 Tablespoons butter

*powdered sugar

Beat eggs together with the salt; set aside.

Place a desired amount of mayonnaise on one slice of bread.

Layer several slices of ham over the mayonnaise.

Add a slice of cheese over the ham.

Place several slices of the turkey over the cheese.

then layer more sliced cheese over the turkey.

Spread on more mayonnaise on to another slice of bread and place on top of the sandwich mayonnaise side down. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.

Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add the butter.

Dip and coat both sides of the sandwich in the beaten the egg.

Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Remove from the skillet and lightly dust with powdered sugar.

Serve immediately and Enjoy!

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Italian Style Cheese Burger

This tasty burger is topped with warm marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese all over a juicy beef patty. The marinara sauce you can make from scratch or just use a really tasty one that comes in a jar as I did. Hide the jar and really, who will know. This gem of a burger can be a tad messy, but isn’t it true that the best kind tend to run down your arm a bit?

Hubby actually came up with this flavorful burger. He is an Italian food lover and an avid burger connoisseur and wanted to combine both. As many of you know, he doesn’t like to cook, but he can come up with some delicious meal ideas. Being the loving, hungry wife that I am, I will try and cook them into creation. Of course I have to add my own tweaks to them.

So grab some extra napkins and here’s what you need to make your own:

*1 lb ground beef

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*2 tsp. onion powder

*2 tsp. garlic powder

*salt and pepper to taste

*marinara sauce

*sliced mozzarella cheese

*hamburger buns

In a large bowl combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Form into 4 equal patties and make a dent in the middle. This keeps the burgers from rising in the middle while cooking.

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat and add the patties to the skillet. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, flip them over and cook another 3 minutes or until they are done to your liking.

Place the slices of cheese on the patties.

(yes, there is one without cheese because you know, there is always that one that has to be different.) Cover the skillet and cook until the cheese is melted. Take the patties out of the skillet and place on the bottom half of a hamburger bun. Spread some of the marinara sauce over the cheese.

Top with the remaining half of the bun and serve.

Enjoy!

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Bacon Cheese Chorizo Burger with Whiskey Sautéed Onions

This burger is a carnivores dream. Just look at all of that deliciousness. I have to say, this is one of my favorite burgers that I have made….and I’ve made many. It starts with beef and chorizo blended together to form one juicy, slightly spicy (but not too spicy) patty. Then there is cheese that is melted on top that will make a cheese lovers taste buds sing. And what’s next…. there is the bacon…yes bacon. Some nice crispy bacon, but that’s not all….no my friends there is sautéed onions that have been simmering in whiskey, butter and kissed with brown sugar and thyme to add another swoon worthy layer of flavor. For me a burger isn’t done until some tangy mustard and ketchup are added with the slight crunch of pickles. This is all nestled in between a buttered, toasted bun. Oh, how I could go for another one of these right now.

If you’ve never had chorizo in a burger, you really should to try it. I used Mexican chorizo because it’s uncooked and mixes well with ground beef. I prefer mixing ground beef with the chorizo because it helps cut down on the spice level of the chorizo and well…..the two together make a terrific pairing. This is definitely a must try burger.

Here’s what you need:

For The Onions:

*1 large onion, chopped

*1 TBS. butter

*1 TBS. olive oil

*1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

*3 TBS. whiskey

*1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar or more to taste

*pinch of salt or more to taste

*pepper to taste

*1/4 tsp. dried Thyme or more to taste

For The Burgers:

*1 Lbs. ground beef

*1/2 Lbs. Mexican chorizo

*1 TBS. Worcestershire sauce

*salt and pepper to taste

*slices of bacon; I used two slices per burger

*sliced cheese; I used Colby Jack

*butter for the hamburger buns

*sturdy hamburger buns

*desired condiments

In a small sauce pan heat to medium and add the butter and olive oil. When the butter melts add in the onions and the rest of the ingredients for the onions.

Stir well to combine. Continue cooking while stirring frequently. If onions start to brown too fast, turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook until the onions start to caramelize, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Keep warm.

Cook the bacon until it’s done to your liking and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the ground beef, chorizo, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Form into 4 equal patties.

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Place the patties in the skillet.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until a crust forms on the bottom. Turn over and cook another 5 minutes or until the burgers are cooked in the middle to your liking.

Place the cheese slices over the patties and cover the skillet, cook for about 1 minute or until the cheese melts.

While the cheese is melting, spread some butter over the hamburger buns and lightly toast them.

Place the chorizo burgers onto the hamburger buns and add the bacon over the cheese. Spoon the onions over the bacon and top with any other burger toppings that you like.

Enjoy!

Classic Cheese Burger with a Special Sauce

I have a weakness for a good cheeseburger. Most of the time my go to is a bacon cheeseburger, but there are times that I crave just a simple, tasty cheeseburger. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s really all about the patty, the cheese and the bun right? This classic cheeseburger definitely satisfies those cravings.

The secret to a great hamburger is the most important item…the beef. I like to use ground beef that is 80% lean and 20% fat ratio. The fat in the beef is what makes the flavor. I wanted to keep it simple and just used salt and pepper, then patties are cooked in a cast iron pan until the edges are a little crispy, but that sweet spot in the middle is still nice and juicy. Then there is the melted provolone and cheddar cheese, pickles and then it’s topped with a special burger sauce. This sauce combines the usual condiments… mayo, ketchup, mustard and a few other tasty ingredients that make this mouthwatering burger complete. All of this on a nice sesame seed bun. Now I really want a cheeseburger.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

For the Burger

*1 to 1 1/2 lb ground beef

*sliced provolone and cheddar cheese or any other cheese that you prefer

*salt and pepper to taste

*sesame seed hamburger buns

For the Special Sauce:

*1/4 cup mayonnaise

*2 TBS ketchup

* 2 tsp mustard

*1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

* 1 tsp onion powder

*1 tsp garlic powder

*1/2 tsp dried dill weed

In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients together for the special burger sauce.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

Form the ground beef into 4 patties. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat a cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot add in the patties.

cook for about 3 minutes then flip them over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes more.

Top with the cheese and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for another minute or until the cheese is melted.

Place on the hamburger buns and top with the special sauce.

Serve and enjoy!

English Muffin Cheeseburgers

I love a good cheeseburger and I’m always trying to find a way to make them a little different. These cheeseburgers came about when we had some leftover English muffins. Why not replace the usual hamburger bun with an English muffin? The result was a simple, but tasty burger smothered with melted, gooey American cheese, topped with ketchup, tangy mustard and pickles all nestled between a toasted English muffin. You can’t go wrong with that.

Here’s what you need:

*1 LB ground beef

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*1 1/2 tsp. onion powder, or more to taste

*1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, or more to taste

*1 tsp. paprika

*1/2 tsp salt

*cracked pepper to taste

*sliced cheese; I used white American cheese

*English muffins

In a large bowl combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.

Form into 4 patties.

As you can tell, my patties are never perfectly round, but I think that’s what gives them a little character.

Heat a cast iron pan to medium high heat. Add the patties to the pan.

Cook for about 5 minutes then turn them over.

Cook for another 3 minutes for medium rare burgers or 5 minutes for medium burgers. If the burgers seem to be getting too done too fast, turn the heat down to medium.

Place the cheese on each patty and cook for another minute or 2 until cheese melts.

Take the patties out of the pan and place on a plate, tint with foil to keep warm.

Toast the English muffins.

Place the hamburger patties on the English muffins and top with your favorite hamburger toppings.

Serve and enjoy!

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers with Sautéed Onions

I was craving a burger over weekend and really wanted to come up with a burger that I have never made before. As I was looking thru my pantry for some ideas, I found a bottle of BBQ sauce. Well, then I knew what I had to make and this is that burger. It has a nice juicy beef patty topped with melted American cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce and sautéed onions. If you are looking for a burger that you can eat on the go or while you are busy multitasking, this is not that burger. I will warn you, this is a bit of a messy burger, but it is so worth the use of extra napkins.

Here’s what you need:

*1 small yellow onion, chopped

*1 TBS butter

*1 tsp. olive oil

*1 LB or ground beef ( I used an 80% to 20% meat to fat ratio)

*1 1/2 TBS BBQ sauce (I used KC masterpiece original, but you can use any kind)

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*2 tsp. onion powder

*cracked black pepper to taste

*1 tsp. salt + more for the sautéed onions

*bacon, 2 slices per burger, cooked

*sliced cheese; I used white American cheese.

*ketchup (optional)

*mustard (optional)

*sliced dill pickles (optional)

*hamburger buns

Heat a small sauce pan to medium high heat; add butter and olive oil.

Add the onions and salt to taste to the sauce pan.

Cook for about 1 minute, then turn the heat down to medium low. Continue cooking for about 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally until onions become soft and a light golden brown.

While onions are cooking, in a large bowl add ground beef, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper and salt.

Mix until combined, but do not over mix or the patties will not be as tender.

Form into 4 patties making an indentation in the middle. This will help the patties to cook evenly; set aside.

Heat a large cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the patties to the pan.

Cook for about 5 minutes then turn them over. Cook for another 3 minutes for medium rare burgers or 5 minutes for medium burgers. If the burgers seem to be getting too done too fast, turn the heat down to medium.

Place the cheese on each patty and cook for another minute or 2 until cheese melts.

Remove from the pan and place on the bottom slice of the hamburger bun. Add bacon, onions, BBQ sauce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. I will admit, I forgot to take a picture of building the burger, but I was so hungry for this that I completely forgot.

Top with the the other half of the hamburger bun and enjoy!

Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Burgers

This burger is definitely for a cheat day. This is similar to my Chorizo Cheese Burger with Guacamole, but twice the burger and oozing with cheese. This will satisfy all your burger cravings. You might want to have some extra napkins handy when you dive in, but great burgers are supposed to be messy right?

Here’s what you need:

*1 Ib ground beef; I used 80/20

*1/2 Ib Mexican chorizo; casings removed

*2 TBS Worcestershire sauce or more to taste

*2 tsp onion powder or more to taste

*2 tsp garlic powder or more to taste

*1/2 tsp.coarse salt or more to taste

*hamburger buns

In a large bowl, add all ingredients except for the hamburger buns.

Mix just until blended.

Shape into 6 equal portioned patties. Place two slices of cheese over 3 of the patties. If you want a smaller burger, then divide into 8 portions, but you might have to cut the cheese slices in half so they will fit onto the patties correctly.

Place another patty onto the cheese slices. Seal the edges together to completely enclose the cheese.

This prevents all of the cheese from oozing out during cooking.

Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat. When pan is hot, place patties into the pan.

Turn the heat down to medium if pan starts getting too hot. Cook for about 5 minutes or until bottom of the patty is brown. Turn over and cook about 5 minutes more or until they are done to your liking.

Remove from the pan, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Place on a bun then top with your favorite hamburger toppings and serve.

Cheeseburger with Guacamole, a Fried Egg and Cilantro Mayo

This burger was more of my hubby’s idea. He doesn’t cook, but he can come up with some really tasty ideas for a meal. It’s a nice, juicy cheeseburger with guacamole, topped with a fried egg and a cilantro mayo. This is definitely a two napkin burger.

Here’s what you need:

Cilantro Mayo:

This was for 3 serving

*1/3 C. mayonnaise

*1 tsp lime juice

*1/2 tsp. hot sauce; or more to taste

*1 tsp. garlic powder; or to taste

*1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

*1/8 tsp white pepper

*1 1/2 TBS chopped cilantro

Guacamole:

*1 large avocado or 2 small ones

*juice of 1 lime

*onion powder; to taste

*garlic powder; to taste

*1/2 tsp salt; or more to taste

*chopped cilantro (or dried); to taste

*1/2 small red onion, diced

*1 Roma tomato; chopped

For the Burger

*1 LB ground beef (preferably 80% lean and 20% fat ratio)

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce ; or to taste

*2 tsp. garlic powder; or to taste

*2 tsp. onion powder; or to taste

*1 tsp. salt; or more to taste

*sliced cheese; I used Colby Monterey Jack blend

*1 egg per hamburger

*hamburger buns

For the cilantro mayo, make this at least 30 minutes before serving, this gives the flavors to come together. In a small bowl add mayo.

Then add rest of the ingredients for the cilantro mayo. Mix well.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the guacamole, follow the recipe from here: Chorizo Cheese Burger with Guacamole, then mix in the onion and the tomato.

Place a piece plastic wrap onto the guacamole and covering the bowl. This will keep it from turning brown for a short amount of time; set aside.

In a large bowl, place ground beef and add Worcestershire sauce, onion and garlic powder, and salt.

lightly mix together, making sure not to over mix or beef will be tough.

Form in to patties making an indentation in the middle.

Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat. When skillet is hot add the patties.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until a crust forms on the bottom. Turn over and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Place cheese slices over the patties and cover the skillet.

Continue cooking for about 1 minute or until cheese melts. On a side note, yes, there is one patty that is not dressed for the party….you know there is always that one person who has to be different. Gotta love them any way.

Place patties on a platter and cover loosely with foil.

In the same skillet, drain off some of the fat and turn the heat down to medium. Crack eggs into the skillet, salt and pepper the eggs to taste. The eggs will cook fast. I like mine sunny side up (yolks facing up and not turned over while cooking), but if you prefer over easy, turn them over for a few seconds then remove from the skillet.

While eggs are cooking, toast the hamburger buns.

Place patties onto the bottom buns.

Spread the guacamole on top of the patties, then top with the fried egg.

Spread on desired amount of the cilantro mayo onto the top bun.

Place on top of the patties. Serve and enjoy!