Monte Cristo Remix

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OMG I would buy The Griddler JUST to make this dinner! Monte Cristos the IGE way - aka…

French Toast Cristos!

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French Toast + Monte Cristo = French Toast Cristo! Get it? ;)

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I’ve had the idea for this luxurious ‘wich lurking in the back of my mind since devouring the baby Monte Cristo Sliders at Max Brennan’s in Las Vegas last week (weird, I can’t believe that was just last week – I want to go back to there…)

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I took Max’s concept and kicked it up a notch – by making a Monte Cristo with French Toast! I started by laying my Griddler flat (here’s all the ways you can set it) and heating it up to 410 degrees on the “griddle” setting.

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Next I whisked together 1 egg, 1 egg white, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon maple extract in a shallow dish.

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Two slices of bread soaked the mixture up,

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and were then plopped onto the hot griddle.

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When the French Toast was done on one side, I removed the slices to a plate, propped the Griddler lid up, and changed the heat setting to “panini” on medium heat.

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I laid one piece of French Toast cooked side up and layered on low-sodium deli turkey & ham, 2 slices of cooked bacon and 1 slice swiss cheese.

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Finally, I placed the other slice of French Toast on top, UNcooked side up,

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and pressed until golden brown!!!

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Wait, it’s gets better…

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The pièce de résistance was a dusting of powdered sugar and a wee pot of syrup for dipping – wheee!

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Sugar! Bacon! Cheese! French Toast!

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What more could you want?

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A good dunk in some sweet syrup, that’s what…

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Muwahahaha! :lol:

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This was everything I needed. I had a rough one today, and this is comfort food’s comfort food. Yep, I said it.

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If you want to get even naughtier, Ben recommends sprinkling cinnamon-sugar on the outsides of the bread before cooking. This is coming from the man who hates sweet food for dinner…

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Off to go bounce off the walls together for awhile… ;)

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Have you ever re-created a restaurant meal? What’s the most memorable restaurant you’ve visited while traveling?

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