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    Ultimate Monte Cristo

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    35 mins

    20 mins

    15 mins

    ~Nimz~'s Note:

    This is one of my apopted recipes that I haven't tried yet. I'll post updates when I do.

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    For the Batter

    For the Sandwiches

    • 6 slices white bread or 6 slices whole wheat sourdough bread, each buttered on one side
    • 6 ounces gruyere cheese, sliced into 18 1/16 inch thick slices
    • 8 ounces smoked ham, such as black forest, sliced into 9 1/16 inch thick slices
    • 8 ounces roast turkey meat, sliced into 9 1/16 inch thick slices
    • 5 tablespoons strawberry jam, plus
    • extra strawberry jam, to serve on the side
    • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


    1. 1
      To make the Batter: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne, and salt.
    2. 2
      Whisk in the club soda and beer.
    3. 3
      The mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter.
    4. 4
      Refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
    5. 5
      To assemble the Sandwiches: Set half of the slices buttered side down, and cover with the cheese slices, folding them over if they extend past the edges.
    6. 6
      Layer the ham and turkey over the cheese, and spread the jam over the turkey.
    7. 7
      Place the top slice of bread on, buttered side up.
    8. 8
      Grill the sandwiches on both sides.
    9. 9
      Pour the oil into a deep heavy-duty saucepan to fill it halfway.
    10. 10
      Heat the oil to 350°F (175°C), measuring the temperature on a deep-fat thermometer.
    11. 11
      Cut the sandwiches on a diagonal into thirds, to make 9 triangular pieces.
    12. 12
      Stir the batter.
    13. 13
      Dip each sandwich piece into the batter, thoroughly coating it.
    14. 14
      Fry the pieces 2 or 3 at a time, being careful not to overcrowd them in the pan.
    15. 15
      Cook them for about 3 minutes on each side, until they're nicely browned, and transfer to a paper towel to drain.
    16. 16
      Allow the oil to come back up to temperature before you fry the next batch of sandwiches.
    17. 17
      Place the sandwiches on a platter.
    18. 18
      Sift a very heavy layer of powdered sugar over them, and serve with a side of jam.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 15, 2007


      wow this is some extreme sandwich ;-) my DH absolutely loved this! didn't have gruyere cheese so I used provolone, great recipe Nimz, thanks for sharing hon!...Kitten:)

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    • on April 03, 2007


      I love a good Monte Cristo, but have never made one myself, so this was a new experience for me ~ also new to using beer in recipes! A few changes were made, however, including cutting back on the cayenne pepper to almost nothing [After all, really now, what's a pinch?] & using honey-baked ham! Also I WAS TEMPTED to make this a 3-layer sandwich, but didn't! It did take a lot more time to prepare than I'd expected [& I totally lost track of the time, too!], but the result was a VERY, VERY tasty sandwich! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • on September 14, 2006


      This has to be the strangest thing I've ever eaten! My mother said it was lovely and enjoyed the great mix of flavors. I thought the flavors were pretty amazing as well. I don't think I'd make it again though. My stomach can't stand too much fried food. So, I may use the basic recipe and just eat it as a grilled cheese and turkey sandwich, and skip the batter part. This made a lot of batter by the way, and now I need to figure out what to use it on instead of tossing it! :-) I would have given it a 3 1/2, but it's getting a 4 since my mother loved it so much! I'll make it again for her one day! :-)

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    Nutritional Facts for Ultimate Monte Cristo

    Serving Size: 1 (1934 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 442.6
    Calories from Fat 92
    Total Fat 10.3 g
    Saturated Fat 4.8 g
    Cholesterol 56.6 mg
    Sodium 1371.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 61.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 14.6 g
    Protein 21.5 g

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