Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
A triple-decker ham, turkey, and cheese sandwich is dipped in a tempura-style batter; fried to a golden brown; then served with a dusting of powdered sugar and a side of raspberry preserves for dipping. The Bennigan's chain made this sandwich famous.
- 3 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 slice swiss cheese (deli-style)
- 3 ounces sliced deli turkey
- 1 slice American cheese (deli-style)
- 3 ounces sliced ham (deli-style)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup ice water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Heat 8 to 12 cups of shortening in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees.
- You will need the hot shortening to be at least 4 inches deep.
- Make the sandwich by arranging the slice of Swiss cheese on a piece of wheat bread.
- Arrange the turkey breast on the Swiss cheese.
- Place a piece of wheat bread on the turkey.
- Place the slice of American cheese on the wheat bread.
- Arrange the ham slices on the American cheese.
- Top off the sandwich with the third slice of bread.
- Make sure the meat is not hanging over the edge of the sandwich.
- Press down on the sandwich with the palm of your hand to flatten it a bit.
- Make the batter by beating the egg yolks.
- Stir in the ice water.
- Measure the flour and baking soda into a sifter, and sift the mixture into the ice water and egg yolk.
- Stir with a large spoon, but don't mix it too well.
- You should still have many visible lumps in the batter.
- Slice the sandwich in half from corner to corner.
- Dip one half of the sandwich in the batter, while holding it together with your fingers (the batter will hold the sandwich together in the shortening).
- Coat the sandwich well, but let any excess batter fall off.
- Drop the battered sandwich half into the oil.
- If your pan or fryer can fit the other half of the sandwich, batter that piece and drop it into the fryer as well.
- If your fryer is small, you may only be able to fry only one half at a time.
- Fry the sandwich for 6 to 8 minutes, turning it over halfway through cooking time.
- It should be golden brown when done.
- Remove the sandwich halves to paper towels to drain.
- When you can touch the sandwich, slice each half in half making four pieces.
- Dust the sandwich with powdered sugar and serve it with a small bowl of raspberry preserves.
This sandwich was very good! We no longer have a Bennigan's near us and these were my absolute favorite. Next time I make them, I will add a little more water to the batter as it was pretty thick. Overall, a great recipe! Thank you!
This sandwich was actually 1st called a Monte Cristo and still is by some. I had this exact sandwich with the sugar and jam when I was 9 yrs old in Disney World. I am now 42! Yummmy!