Sunday, September 14, 2008

Monte Cristo Sandwiches from Matt and Marcia Parkinson

4 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 tablespoons strawberry or raspberry preserves
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
12 slices high-quality white sandwich bread, lightly toasted (the thicker the better!)
18 this slices deli Swiss or Gruyere cheese
12 thin slices deli ham, preferably Black Forest
12 thin slices deli turkey
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Confectioners' sugar

1. Adjust oven rack to the upper-middle position and heat the oven to 450 degrees. Whisk the eggs, cream, sugar, salt, dry mustard, and cayenne in a shallow dish until combined. Stir the jam and Dijon mustard together in a small bowl.
2. Spread 1 teaspoon of the jam mixture on one side of each slice of toast. Layer slices of cheese, ham, and turkey on 6 slices of toast. Repeat with a second layer of cheese, ham, and turkey. Add a final layer of cheese and top with the remaining toast, with the jam side facing the cheese. Using your hands, lightly press down on the sandwiches.
3. Pour the oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and heat in the oven until just smoking, about 7 minutes. Meanwhile, using 2 hands, coat each sandwich with the egg mixture and transfer to a large plate. Transfer the sandwiches to the preheated baking sheet and bake until golden brown on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve immediately with the remaining jam mixture and a sprinkling of confectioners' sugar.

Melba's Note: Matt and Marcia are fellow Olympus High Titan grads. Imagine my delight when I learned that Matt would be my bishop when Sammie and I moved to State College! He's quite a comical bishop with quotes such as (while conducting Ward Conference): "It's ward conference this week and we have a lot of Stake leaders here so please remember the answers we rehearsed last week, in case Stake leaders should ask any questions." Marcia is the ward volleyball expert and YW leader extraordinaire. The ward loves them!

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