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Monte Cristo Sandwich:

Ingredients

Batter

  • ¾ cup  Pancake Dry Mix (see below)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk or water

Sandwich

  • 4 slices whole grain or white bread
  • 2-4 slices mild or sharp cheddar  garlic cheddar, or pepper jack cheese
  • 4-6 slices deli ham turkey or chicken, your choice
  • Mayonnaise and mustard  optional, to taste
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raspberry jam

Pancakes – Dry Mix

  • cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

Batter

  1. Mix ingredients in a 9 inch pie pan. It will be thinner than it would be for pancakes.

Sandwich

  1. Prepare the sandwich by lightly spreading mayonnaise and mustard on both inside pieces of bread.
  2. Place 1 slice of cheese, (2, if the slices are very thin) and 2-3 slices of meat on each sandwich. Place the second piece of bread on top, mayo inside.
  3. Preheat a 10-12 inch frying pan on medium high.  Add 1 Tablespoon canola oil.
  4. Carefully take each whole sandwich and place it in the prepared batter. Turn the sandwiches over and make sure the sides are also dipped in the batter. Place in the heated frying pan. (This part is messy!) Watch the sandwiches carefully so as not to burn, but check inside to see that the cheese is melting and the batter is cooking. With a large spatula, turn the sandwich over to brown the other side.

  5. Remove finished sandwich to individual plate. Sprinkle top with powdered sugar. Add 2 Tablespoons raspberry jam on top of the powdered sugar. Serve immediately. Eat with a knife and fork.

Pancake Dry Mix

  1. Mix flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Remove ¾ cup mix to make the batter for the sandwiches. Store the remaining mix in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Serve with: Bacon or breakfast sausage. Fruit in season – strawberries, raspberries, grapefruit, orange slices. Tip: This sandwich is messy transferring to the frying pan - but it’s worth it!!