Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Monte Cristo Paninis

My husband LOVES Monte Cristo sandwiches. When I first met him, he could clear his plate at Bennigan's, an entire deep-fried monte cristo and a plate of fries, extra raspberry preserves for dipping. I recently saw a recipe for a lighter version of the deep-fried sandwich, and after opening my panini press at Christmas (yeah!!), thought this was the perfect time.

Monte Cristo Sandwich
recipe from Cook's Country magazine

1 egg
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (just did a tiny, tiny pinch)
4 Tbsp. raspberry jam
1/4 tsp dry mustard (didn't have this, omitted it)
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 slices hearty white sandwich bread (I used Italian bread), lightly toasted
6 slices Swiss or Gruyere cheese
4 slices deli ham
4 slices turkey
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Toast sandwich bread

Mix raspeberry jam and Dijon mustard in small bowl
Spread on both sides of toasted bread
Layer cheese, ham, turkey, cheese, ham, turkey, cheese-
then top with other bread slice
Whisk egg, cream, sugar, salt, dry mustard, and cayenne in shallow dish until combined.
Dredge both sides of sandiwch in egg mixture.
Here's where I veered off the recipe. It calls for heating oil on a baking sheet in a 450 degree oven for 7 minutes. Put sandwiches on the baking sheet and bake for 4 to 5 minutes.
Then flip to the other side and bake for 4 to 5 minutes.

I used my panini grill because I had just gotten it for Christmas and
really wanted to use it. It worked fine, but the
sandwich wasn't as crispy as I imagine it would be if you did the oil in the oven.

This was awesome!! My husband enjoyed it, and I did, too. Very yummy and something different. I am very excited to use my panini grill more! You can see from the list of dinners on the right, I have more paninis on the menu for this month.

*Instead of doing a weekly menu post, I will list my dinners twice a month, which is how I plan them. I will link the meals to a recipe post, if they have one. Also, I am proud to say that iCook was approved by Foodie Blogroll to be a part of their food blog database, so that is why I have their widget.


Caitlin said...

WOW, that is a serious sandwich! I'm not much for ham sandwiches, but I might have to give this a try someday...

Sonya said...

Omgosh this looks wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing!

Donna Root said...

Oooooh, a Panini press! I'm jealous. This sandwich sounds amazing, by the way. My hubby is the same about that Bennigans Monte Cristo, and I have made that, but it just "hurts" me to see him eating all that fat/grease. This grilled version is great. Gotta try it.

Maria, Troy, and Timothy said...

I tried these yesterday. Very good! Toasting and then baking the sandwhich kept it from being soggy.

Nancy C. Turner said...

I found your blog searching for a recipe for Monte Cristo panini's. I just got a panini press a couple days ago and panini's are on the menu for tonight. My daughter loves Monte Cristo sandwiches so; this is where your recipe will come in. Thank you for sharing. Looks like a great blog; I'm looking forward to seeing what else you have posted.

catering Fort Lauderdale said...

This is indeed a great version of the famous sandwich. A lot of sandwich lovers will surely enjoy this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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