…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? You may have seen a version of a Monte Cristo on the menu of a local French café, but never thought to make it at home. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy this popular brunch order is to make at home, and how much better it tastes, too. It’s as easy to make as French toast. While Monte Cristo sandwiches are ideal for breakfast, brunch and lunch, it’s also great at dinner time, too.
Most food historians believe the Monte Cristo originated in France as a simplified version of the Croque-Monsieur or Croque Madame sandwiches. It became popularized by California Googie-designed cafes in the 1950s and 60s, where it first appeared on a menu as The Monte. As a former Disney cast member, I remember it became a staple at Disneyland California in New Orleans Square and the employee cafeteria.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
4 large eggs
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 slices sturdy white or sourdough bread
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
8 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
1-pound sliced honey ham
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
Powdered sugar and ham, for serving (optional)
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