Ultimate Monte Cristo
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
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 cup club soda
- 1 1⁄2 cups dark beer
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
- To make the Batter: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne, and salt.
- Whisk in the club soda and beer.
- The mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter.
- Refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
- 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.
- Layer the ham and turkey over the cheese, and spread the jam over the turkey.
- Place the top slice of bread on, buttered side up.
- Grill the sandwiches on both sides.
- Pour the oil into a deep heavy-duty saucepan to fill it halfway.
- Heat the oil to 350°F (175°C), measuring the temperature on a deep-fat thermometer.
- Cut the sandwiches on a diagonal into thirds, to make 9 triangular pieces.
- Stir the batter.
- Dip each sandwich piece into the batter, thoroughly coating it.
- Fry the pieces 2 or 3 at a time, being careful not to overcrowd them in the pan.
- Cook them for about 3 minutes on each side, until they're nicely browned, and transfer to a paper towel to drain.
- Allow the oil to come back up to temperature before you fry the next batch of sandwiches.
- Place the sandwiches on a platter.
- Sift a very heavy layer of powdered sugar over them, and serve with a side of jam.
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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!Reply
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! :-)Reply