Ultimate Monte Cristo

Recipe by Nimz_
READY IN: 35mins
YIELD: 9 pieces




  • 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.