Welcome to the year of 2016 my lovely peoples!
Bad news…..unfortunately the flying skateboards and mandatory silver spacesuits that we were all promised haven’t made it off the production lines yet. Someone is seriously slacking here. Don’t worry, I plan to make a call about this outrageousness…..
They are making another Independence Day movie, I know, what! I have undecided feelings about this. Oooh, and have you all seen Star Wars VII by now? Well, just in case, I won’t give any spoilers but now that it’s been a week since I saw it I’ve had time to decide that it was awesome and I loved it. I’m dying to find out what’s going to happen next. It’s caused a great familial debate among my gang that is super fun. The next one is supposed to come out in about 18 months, and although that seems like forever to me, my parents keep reminding me that they had to wait three whole years to find out what happened to Han Solo after he was frozen in carbonite.
Which, by the way, isn’t it so cool how there has been a Star Wars trilogy going for each generation? It makes it way more fun that we all have nostalgic attachments to the characters. But okay, sorry. Please excuse my nerd attack, I’m ending it now.
So have you ever heard of a Monte Cristo sandwich? If not, these are going to blow your mind. Actually even if you have they’ll probably still make you fall in love with them. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being celery and 10 being a big mac and a cookie dough blizzard with a side of fries) how bad would you say these are? Pretty bad, got it. Fine, but there is like cheese and lean turkey and stuff, that’s nutritious right? Oh, and I used whole wheat bread so therefore these equal a completely balanced snack, yep.
Clearly I’m not doing so hot thus far on fulfilling my promise to post lots of healthy stuff this year. It’s only the first post though, and in my defence I had made these to share them before the holidays but I ran out of time to post them. You’d think I would have started off the new year with something really significant, but nope, these were just a random decision, sorry if I disappoint. Although, I can’t imagine a scenario in which these would be a disappointment so never mind. Taking it back, I’m not apologizing for these because they’re so good!
I thought they’d be a really good snacketizer for Super Bowl month. I mean, you all know how I feel about the game (big dudes smashing into each other over an oddly shaped ball based on rules I’ve never cared enough to attempt understanding; not my first choice to watch on a Sunday night), but then you’ll also know how much I love getting to be a part of all the yummy tailgate food. That I can do!
These are really simple to make you guys. Really. All it is; step 1- cut ham and turkey sandwiches into quarters, step 2- dip in batter, step 3- fry till gold and crispy, step 4- douse in powdered sugar and berry jelly and devour like no one’s watching! Happy first Monday of the year!
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 3 tablspoons cornstarch
- oil for frying
- 8 slices regular or whole wheat sandwich bread
- 4 ounces thinly sliced smoked turkey breast
- 6 ounces thinly sliced Swiss cheese
- 4 ounces thinly sliced ham
- powdered sugar
- your favorite berry jelly
- sour cream
- Beat egg, milk, sugar, salt, pepper, and nutmeg together in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in baking powder, cornstarch, and flour until smooth and set batter aside. Pour about 1 inch of oil into a dutch oven or wok and heat over medium heat until it reaches about 350 degrees F (180 C).
- Assemble the sandwiches by layering 4 of your bread slices with turkey, then cheese, then ham. Top each with the other bread slices and stack your sandwiches on top of each other. Now, this might seem odd to intentionally smash your sandwiches, but press them down and flatten as much as possible to help them hold together when dipping in batter.
- Cut each sandwich into 4 square sections. When oil is ready begin dipping sandwich squares in the batter and carefully dropping into the oil. Fry on each side for about a minute, or until golden brown. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon or tongs and place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat until all sandwiches are done.
- Serve hot with a dusting of powdered sugar and a side of your favorite berry jelly and sour cream if desired.