I was in college when I learned about the Monte Cristo Sandwich. I have no idea why I never encountered this multi-decker sandwich prior to then, but when a friend described it as a variation of Croque Monsieur, it all came together, and I had to try one. Glorious and unique are two words that come to mind!
Some versions of Monte Cristo Sandwiches are deep fried, but I prefer to use a skillet. With the sweet and savory flavor profile, it reminds me of a grilled ham and cheese combined with French toast.
Since these sandwiches are hearty, I like to serve them with fresh fruit. Even if it is just orange wedges, the fruit helps the balance of the meal. Strawberries, blueberries, or any fresh fruit goes very well with a Monte Cristo.
Have fun with ingredients. Traditionally, a Monte Cristo Sandwich has Swiss cheese, but you can get creative! Other great cheeses are Gruyère, Emmental, or Jarlsberg. Using a strong cheese is an important part but Swiss is not the only option.
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