Meal Ideas

Monte Cristo, please!

Feeling a little inspired by my love for all things Disneyland, a local pop up restaurant and at the urging of the hubs, I whipped up some Monte Cristo sandwiches for dinner last night! And let me tell you…THEY WERE HEAVEN.

They came together fairly easily and quickly which would make this a great recipe to keep on hand. And the sweet and savory combo is great for when you just can’t decide what you’re in the mood for! I served this along side some beer battered fries but feel free to serve this along side anything-from fresh fruit to salads. It’s all amazing.

Now, I am no perfect recipe writer but I’ll try to walk you through what I did so you can recreate this classic at home.

You’ll need:

Texas Toast sliced bread-I buy the Rainbo brand at Von’s. If you can’t find Rainbo in your area, look for a THICK SLICED fluffy bread.

Tofurky Ham style deli slices. You can also add some Turkey style slices as well. I used 2 slices of each variety for each sandwich.

Follow Your Heart Gouda slices. I used 2 slices of cheese per sandwich.

Follow Your Heart VeganEgg┬áprepared with your fave plant based milk. I used soy milk and I only needed to prepare the equivalent of one egg for 2 sandwiches! This may be a little thick if you want to dunk your ENTIRE sandwich into the batter. You’ll need to thin it out a bit. Otherwise, its perfect for dipping like you do french toast. If you don’t have VeganEgg, you can use your fave french toast batter.

Mustard

Mayo

Butter or oil for frying. I used Earth Balance.

Cast Iron Pan or griddle

Powdered sugar

Preserves-Strawberry is fantastic!

Maple Syrup

And here is how it all came together:

  1. Heat pan over medium heat until hot.
  2. While pan is heating, prepare your batter and set aside. Make sure to use a bowl that is deep enough for dipping your sandwich.
  3. Assemble your sandwiches! Spread mayo and mustard on each slice of bread. You don’t need a lot. Just like you’re making a regular lunch sandwich. Then layer a slice of cheese, add your deli slices (alternate if using more than one variety) add another slice of cheese and add your top slice of bread.
  4. Add butter (or oil) to your hot pan and allow to melt.
  5. Dip your assembled sandwich into your batter and place dipped sandwich in the pan.
  6. Cook until nice and brown on the first side and then flip your sandwich over to cook on the other side.
  7. Remove cooked sandwich from pan and set aside.
  8. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Allow your sandwich to cool for a minute before trying to handle it. Slice your sandwich in half and dust lightly with powdered sugar. Serve with strawberry preserves and maple syrup!

Enjoy!