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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Ham, Turkey and Cheese Waffle Maker Melt

Years ago when Applebee’s restaurants were abundant where I live, I would eat there a good many times. One of my favorite sandwiches was their Clubhouse Grill. Sadly, most Applebee’s are now closed around here, but there are times that I still get a craving for that tasty club. This is my take on that. It has turkey, ham, Colby Jack cheese topped with a tangy bbq sauce then toasted in the waffle maker until the cheese gets all nice and gooey and the bread has that nice crispy crunch….. simple but heavenly. I think next time I might slide in some bacon.

Here’s what you need:

*2 slices of bread per sandwich; I used regular white bread.

*softened butter

*deli sliced honey ham

*deli sliced oven roasted turkey

*2 slices Colby Jack cheese per sandwich

*1 Tbs BBQ sauce per sandwich any variety; or more to taste

*non stick spray

Heat waffle maker and spray with no stick spray.

Butter each slice of bread on one side; this will be the outside of the sandwich.

Place one slice of bread, buttered side down onto the waffle maker. Add a layer of sliced Turkey.

Then place a slice of the cheese over the turkey.

Next, layer on the ham.

Pace another slice of cheese on top of the ham.

Spoon bbq sauce over the cheese.

Place a slice of bread, buttered side up over the bbq sauce and cheese.

Close the waffle maker and cook for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is nice and toasted.