Dinner Tonight: Monte Cristo

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

My wife swears that her grandfather used to order this dish all the time at diners in Indiana. I'm not sure I believe it. To me this sounds like the worst kind of dish: a mishmash of dinner, breakfast, and chaos, all on the same plate. Essentially it's a ham sandwich that's been cooked like French toast. And you're even supposed to eat it with strawberry jam!

So why does it come out tasting balanced? I blame the mustard, which really should never be paired with powdered sugar, but somehow keeps everything in order. This isn't the first winning recipe that I've found on he blog Closet Cooking. But it deserves some special attention for the audacity. Well done, sir.

Dinner Tonight: Monte Cristo

About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: This Week In Recipes


  • 4 slices bread
  • Mustard
  • 6 slices ham
  • 2 slices gruyere cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam


  1. 1

    Smear some mustard on two slices of bread. Top each with three slices of ham, one slice of cheese, and a slice of bread.

  2. 2

    Whisk together the egg, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a shallow pan.

  3. 3

    Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, making sure to evenly coat both sides.

  4. 4

    Add the butter to a large skillet set over medium heat. When melted, add the sandwiches and cook on both sides until browned.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle with the sugar, and serve with the strawberry jam.


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