RECIPE

Savory Italian-Style Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Prosciutto de Parma or prosciutto cotto and Fontina Val D’Aosta cheese are simply sensational in this easy to make, budget-friendly Monte Cristo. Serve with a simple sweet and savory orange and red onion salad.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half or cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 8 slices good-quality white bread, hand-sliced
  • 1/2 pound sliced prosciutto de Parma or prosciutto cotto
  • About 2/3-3/4 pound sliced Fontina Val D’Aosta or fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Butter

Preparation

Beat the eggs with cream; season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg. Add the Parm and combine.


Combine the honey, mustard, thyme and lemon juice in a small bowl. Spread on one side of the bread slices. Build the sandwiches of prosciutto and cheese. Turn the sandwiches in the egg mixture.


Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium heat. When the butter foams, cook until the sandwiches are golden and the cheese has melted. Cut them corner to corner and serve with an orange and scallion or red onion salad dressed with EVOO, salt and pepper alongside.

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