Hungry for a Monte Cristo Sandwich?Written by Carol Rice
If You Can't Make It To Disneyland This Weekend
This last weekend I had a house full of teenagers, and had to fill their very hungry stomachs with food based on a Disney theme. I rounded up a great Monte Cristo sandwich recipe that I'm ready to share with you. So if you've got a house full of hungry teenagers, or if you're just craving a world-famous Disney Monte Cristo, short of heading to Disneyland this weekend, here's the next best thing!
This Yummy, It Should Be Harder - But It's So Easy!
Basically, making this sandwich takes only three simple steps.
First Step: Stack
Use a loaf of French bread (day old is best) and make your slices about 3/4" thick.
Start stacking your meat and cheese with 2-3 pieces of ham (depending on size and thickness), next layer a slice or two of swiss cheese, next stack on some turkey and top it off with another slice of bread. Hold together with a toothpick down the center.
Step 2: Dip
Dip the sandwich in egg batter*, completely submerge and make sure everything is covered and coated. Let excess drain, then immediately set into hot oil (about 375 degrees).
*Egg Batter Recipe: (will make about 4-5 sandwiches)
Mix following ingredients together until nice and smooth.
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons water
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Step 3: Fry
Heat up oil, approximately 3 inches deep in frying pan, to about 375 degrees. Place battered sandwiches in hot oil and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Turn and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove sandwiches from oil and immediately place on plate or cookie sheet lined with paper towels (to drain and cool slightly).
Go ahead - have a bite!
Serve warm, sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar and raspberry, blackberry or tart plum preserves for dipping. Seriously. Don't skip the preserves part - it's the Disney magic.
Enjoy with the ones you love - and while you eat, why not talk about some of your favorite Disney vacations and memories. Download a Vacation Story Starter here to get the conversation going.
I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.
As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."
Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.
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