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The Full Monte is Meander's take on the Monte Cristo, and it will form a food-baby in your belly as your mind tries to sort out what sort of rabbit hole you've gone down. The three-layered attack includes ham, turkey, Swiss, and cheddar between bread slices before getting dunked in bourbon vanilla French toast batter and getting griddled. Whoa, right?
I can never make up my mind between savory and sweet, particularly before noon. Pancakes? Eggs? Waffles? Bagel and lox? I just don't know. Once in a while I strike gold and find a Monte Cristo and all my troubles and uncertainties are resolved: filled with ham or turkey and cheese, fried à la French toast, served with red currant jelly (though I like to drown mine in maple syrup if it's handy, too). The best of both flavor worlds.
Note: Day-old bread is best for this recipe. If you can't find brioche loaf substitute with challah. About the author: María del Mar Sacasa is a recipe developer, food stylist, and author of the food blog High Heels & Frijoles....
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.
I don't know about you, but before today, I had no idea that Disney played a significant role in popularizing the Monte Cristo Sandwich. According to this week's Cook the Book selection, The Cook's Country Cookbook, in 1966 the Tahitian...