The Monte Cristo…

This is one of my fav breakfast/brunch dishes… I do mine with both turkey and ham, cheese (usually deli American, Gruyere, or Swiss slices), on egg battered bread (brioche if I have it, otherwise whole wheat), fried in butter… with hash browns.

While I sometimes do the traditional raspberry compote, I usually prefer them plain… just dipping my bites into warm maple syrup.

Recently I’ve seen recipes using waffles… both with plain (even frozen) waffles, and those done in a waffle iron almost like a pannini press.

So what is your favorite incarnation of this amazing sandwich?


Ciabatta bread
No cheese
Real Black Forest Ham
Egg yolks only (no egg whites)
Stone ground mustard
Real mayonnaise
Spices (nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, star anise and cinnamon)

Substantial white bread, mozzarella and frizzled prosciutto, dipped in egg batter and pan fried in butter.