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This skillet Monte Cristo sandwich features brioche bread, smoked ham, Gruyère cheese, and dijon mustard. Top your sandwich with confectionary sugar, jam, or mustard. | peteandgerrys.com
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Skillet Monte Cristo Sandwich

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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Serving Yield 4 halves (2 large sandwiches)

How did this symphony of sweet and savory in sandwich form rise to fame? The Monte Cristo is said to be a variation of the croque monsieur, a beloved Parisian café offering dating as far back as 1910. But Disneyland enthusiasts will tell you they first came to love it at The Blue Bayou Cafe.

So what sets this Monte Cristo apart from any old ham and cheese sandwich? It's dunked in an eggy batter - Gruyère, smoked ham, brioche, Dijon, and all - before it hits the skillet. Once the bread is golden brown and the cheese completely melted, the sandwich is dusted generously with powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry preserves for dipping.

By: Foodness Gracious

Ingredients

  • 4 slices brioche bread
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 12 thin slices smoked ham
  • 2 cups Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 2 Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Raspberry preserves, for serving
  • Confectioners' sugar, for topping

Nutritional Information

Serv. Size: half a sandwich, Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving: Calories 460, Fat Cal. 280, Total Fat 31g (48% DV), Sat. Fat 16g (80% DV), Trans Fat 2g, Cholest. 165mg (55% DV), Sodium 1150mg (48% DV),  Total Carb. 15g (5% DV), Fiber <1g (3% DV), Sugars 4g, Protein 27g, Vitamin A (15% DV), Vitamin C (2% DV), Calcium (60% DV), Iron (4% DV), Vitamin D (10% DV). 

Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

For more information about how we calculate our nutritional content and to read our nutritional disclaimer, please check out our Recipe Nutrition Facts blog post.

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400F. Warm a nonstick oven-safe skillet over medium-low heat while you prepare the sandwiches. Spread 2 slices of brioche with 1 tablespoon each of Dijon.

Step 2

Add 6 slices of ham to the 2 slices of brioche with Dijon, followed by 1 cup of grated Gruyère on top of the ham. Place the remaining brioche slices on top of the cheese to complete the 2 sandwiches.

Step 3

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk and transfer to a shallow rimmed dish. Add the butter to the warm pan and let it melt until just barely foaming.

Step 4

Working with one sandwich at a time, carefully place each sandwich into the egg mixture, making sure to coat each side well.

Step 5

Transfer both coated sandwiches to the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on medium-low heat, or until the bread touching the pan is golden brown. If needed, lift one end of the sandwich up with a spatula to check on it periodically.

Step 6

Flip the sandwiches over, place the entire skillet into the oven, and bake for another 4-5 minutes. The sandwiches should be golden on both sides, and the cheese should be completely melted.

Step 7

Remove skillet from the oven and transfer sandwiches to a cutting board. Let rest for 1-2 minutes to allow the cheese to set slightly, then slice in half. Divide sandwiches among plates and use a sieve to dust generously with confectioners' sugar. Serve with raspberry preserves on the side for dipping.

Farm Team Tips:

Out of milk? Use cream or half-and-half for an even richer egg batter!

To reheat, place sandwich or half sandwich on a sheet pan and heat in a 400F oven for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through. Avoid using the microwave, as this will result in soggy bread.

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Ruth Hughes

August 01, 2020

Came out wonderful!

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August 03, 2020

We're thrilled to hear that, Ruth!

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