My first Monte Cristo sandwich was at the Blue Bayou in Disneyland, and I was hooked. This version is called a 'Monte Cristo-Style Croque Monsieur', but all you need to know is it is heavenly.
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and pepper
ground nutmeg, to taste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
8 slices white bread, choose a really soft French
12 thin slices baked ham
4 slices Swiss cheese, Emmanteler if available
2 large eggs
raspberry jam, for dipping
1. In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then 1 cup milk. Bring to a gentle boil; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook for 2 minutes to thicken. Off the heat, stir in the mustard.
2. Spread the bread with the sauce, then layer 4 slices with the ham, cheese and remaining bread.
3. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining 1/2 cup milk. In a nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Soak 2 sandwiches in the egg mixture. Add the sandwiches to the skillet and cook, turning once, until golden, about 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining butter and sandwiches.
Serve with raspberry jam, if desired. But why wouldn't you desire that?
Recipe courtesy of Racheal Ray Magazine.