If you enjoy the traditional Sandwich Monte Cristo, you'll be swept away by our version.
It features ham and cheese grilled to perfection inside buttery golden crepes.Top it with just a spoonful of seedless raspberry preserves and you're in food heaven
Don't be surprised if your family asks for more than one crepe. We usually make double or even triple the amount suggested, to satisfy everyone.
This Monte Cristo sandwich is one of our easiest brunch menu ideas. It's a fried ham and cheese sandwich invented in France (where else would such a yummy treat come from?)
In fact, it's a variation of France's national sandwich, the Croque Monsieur. By the way, we have another variation to this iconic recipe, our own invention Crepe Croque Madame.
Our recipe for Monte Cristo sandwich is much lighter than the original, however, because we've exchanged the egg battered-bread for grilled crepes.
For a touch of tangy sweetness, top each one with a dollop of seedless raspberry jam or cranberry preserve.
Place first crepe on a flat work space. Top with ham slice, followed by 1 slice of swiss cheese. Repeat with remaining crepes.
Heat large skillet to medium heat. Add ½ tbsp of butter and let melt. Place two crepes in the skillet. Grill both crepes for a couple of minutes until cheese melts. Flip each crepe carefully and heat the other side for about 30 seconds longer. Remove crepe to serving dish and fold over again, if desired (as pictured above). The outside of the crepe will be slightly crispy.
Repeat with 2 remaining crepes (buttering skillet again as necessary) and serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings (1 crepe each)
Side Note: Personally I prefer the cranberries over the raspberries as a topping, but many people like the sweeter raspberries. They're more "mainstream" and will please almost everyone. Especially kids usually don't like the bitter taste of cranberries.
If this is the case with your family as well, you can make different toppings for every family member. It isn't more work...but a lot more joy!