A monte cristo is a sandwich (usually ham, turkey, and swiss) that is dipped in batter, fried, then topped with powdered sugar and served with jelly for dipping. Basically, they’re donut-ified sandwiches and I think they’re pretty awesome. I’ve made the classic version before but it can be a bit of a hassle to make the batter and heat the oil and stuff, so I created an easier version that can be made in only 15 minutes. Think about that. You could sit down to one of these in 15 minutes from right now. Super easy. Plus, these are not quite as over the top as they’re deep-fried inspirations. I’m not sure where the name comes from but I can’t talk about them or make them without thinking of the movie The Count of Monte Cristo with Jim Caviezel and that always makes me happy because I love that movie. Have you seen it? If not you should. Love that movie!
Oh yeah, we’re still talking about sandwiches, sorry. So how is this possible in only 15 minutes? Well, let’s see. First 5 minutes: you turn on your waffle maker while you gather ingredients and whisk a few simple things in a bowl, done. Second 5 minutes: dip bread and waffle-ize your lovely french toast, done. Last 5 minutes: Smack some meat and cheese on those babies and let it get all gooey and warm while you get your jelly and powdered sugar for finishing it off, done.
I guess the 15 minutes doesn’t cover the eating part. Although these won’t take very long to devour.
It’s always been a thing in my house to make monte cristos when there is leftover french toast, I think my mom started that. I’ve been planning to blog one for a while but it wasn’t until I saw waffled french toast on one of my favorite blogs that the idea came together.
You guys, even if you aren’t sure about the sandwich you should at least make the waffled french toast. I don’t know if I can ever go back to making french toast any other way
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 4 slices of your favorite sandwich bread
- butter or non-stick cooking spray for waffle iron
- 4 slices swiss cheese
- 4 slices smoked turkey
- 4 slices ham
- berry jelly and powdered sugar for serving
- Heat waffle iron while you whisk egg, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Soak 2 bread slices for about 1 minute.
- Grease iron and place soaked bread on each side then close and cook for about 2 1/2 minutes. Repeat with other 2 slices.
- Immediately assemble sandwiches on hot toast and place both sandwiches side by side on waffle iron with iron open. Hold iron halfway shut (as closed as you can get without squishing your sandwich) and allow to heat for about 2 minutes. Then flip sandwiches and repeat on other side.
- Serve hot with jelly on the side and powdered sugar in top.