Cooking With Dough

Monte Cristo Sandwich

If you’re on a diet look away now… this sandwich is anything but healthy, but oh man it is worth the self-loathing after you eat it! 

For those of you who don’t know what this wondrous creation is, it’s basically a deep fried turkey, ham, and cheese sandwich (yes that’s right I said a deep fried sandwich) with a dusting of powdered sugar and a side of jam to smother each bite in!  How did I become familiar with such a decadent creation you ask? 

Since I can remember I have been going to Disneyland with my family at least once a year, and is one of my most favorite places to visit to this day, I could go on and on but since not everyone is a Disney fan I will spare you…  Long story short my family and I were eating at the Blue Bayou café and ordered the Monte Cristo sandwich since we had never seen or heard of such a thing, well, it was LOVE at first bite!  It tasted like a cross between that classic ham and cheese sandwich we all loved as kids and a donut all tied into one. Now I know that might sound weird but trust me when I say it is life changing!!  

After becoming addicted I tried to find one when I returned home and sadly no restaurant seemed to be offering this glorious hybrid, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and try making one myself, and I must say it turned out pretty close to the original.  So, if you’re feeling adventurous and don’t need to fit into your skinny jeans anytime soon try out this recipe!!

Ingredients

1 egg

¾ cup water

¾ cup all purpose flour

½ tsp. salt

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

1 loaf Challah or Brioche bread

8 slices of roasted turkey breast

8 slices of black forest ham

8 slices of Swiss cheese

Boysenberry jam

Powdered sugar, for dusting 

 

 

Process

In a large bowl whisk together the water and egg until well incorporated. Once combined whisk in the flour, salt, and baking powder, do not over mix. Put batter in the refrigerator to chill until ready to use.

 

Slice the bread into 8 even slices, layer 4 of the slices with the Swiss cheese and the other 4 with the ham and turkey; put the halves together to make 4 sandwiches and set them aside.

 

In a large heavy bottomed pot (I like to use a Dutch Oven) heat the 3 cups of oil up to 350 degrees, I recommend using a candy thermometer to make sure the oil remains the right temperature throughout frying.

 

Once oil has reached the right temperature dip each sandwich one at a time in the chilled batter, carefully drop battered sandwiches into the oil ( cook one sandwich at a time so the pot doesn’t become over crowded.)

 

Fry sandwiches until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Once fried transfer sandwiches to a pan lined with paper towels to drain off any excess oil.

 

Slice sandwiches in half, dust with powdered sugar and serve with a side of warmed boysenberry jam.