The Monte Cristo
1) I am continually reminded of how much I’d be rather eating pancakes than doing the elliptical and
2) I am left craving heavy foods that are fantastic on occasion but would stop my heart if I ate them with the same frequency that I watch The Food Network.
Results? Even “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” would be proud. My Monte Cristo craving: 100% satisfied.
The Monte Cristo
- 6 slices whole wheat bread
- 4 tablespoons non-fat plain greek yogurt — can sub plain standard yogurt or light mayo
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- 4 slices deli ham — (about 4 oz.)
- 4 slices deli turkey — (about 4 oz.)
- 2 large eggs — beaten
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup cornflakes cereal — crushed
- Cooking spray
- Powdered sugar — for serving
- Strawberry, — raspberry, or blackberry jam for serving
For each sandwich:
- Lay out 2 slices of bread and spread one side with approximately 1/2 T. of Greek yogurt each. Top each bread slice with a slice of Swiss cheese. Top 1 cheese slice with 2 pieces of turkey and the other with 2 pieces of ham. Lay a third bread slice on top of turkey stack. Flip the ham-topped slice on top of the turkey stack to make a triple-decker sandwich.
- Using a knife, cut the crusts off the sandwich (to help pinch and seal the ends). Wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours. (Wrapping compacts the sandwich and prevents the egg batter from seeping in.)
- Combine the eggs, milk, nutmeg, and salt in a shallow dish. Spread crushed cornflakes in a second shallow dish and coat with cooking spray.
- Heat a small amount of oil or cooking spray in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Unwrap the sandwich and dip it in the egg batter, coat each side evenly. Place in cornflake dish, ensuring both sides are coated.
- Gently place sandwich in the skillet and pan fry, turning once, until golden brown and hot.
- Cut the sandwich in half, transfer it to a plate, and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with strawberry, raspberry, or blackberry jam.
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