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Monte Cristo with Fried Egg

Mario Batali
Servings: 4
1 to 30 min

Try Mario's version of this classic sandwich!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Monte Cristo with Fried Egg
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 slices white bread (thick-cut)
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 4 slices smoked turkey
  • 4 slices Fontina cheese
  • 16 pickled jalapenos (optional)
  • powdered sugar (to garnish)
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry jam (divided, 1 tablespoon per sandwich)
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
For the Fried Eggs:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • In a large cast-iron skillet, preheat 2 inches vegetable oil to 365ºF.
  • In a shallow baking dish, whisk together the egg and milk. Stir in the flour and baking powder, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread mustard on the bread slices and make a sandwich with the ham, turkey, and Fontina. (Add pickled jalapenos, if desired.)
  • Coat the sandwiches evenly on all sides with the batter. Drop into the preheated oil, and fry until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Remove to a paper towel-lined plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with a spoonful of your favorite jam.
  • While the sandwiches cool slightly, heat the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has foamed and subsided, crack each egg into the skillet and fry until the yolk is set, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Serve a fried egg alongside each Monte Cristo.
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