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Mario Batali's Monte Cristo with Fried Egg

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Try Mario's version of this classic sandwich!
skill level
Easy
time
1-30min
servings
4
cost
$
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Try Mario's version of this classic sandwich! It's easy to make and tastes delicious.
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ingredients
  • For the Monte Cristo:
  • 8 slices Thick-cut White Bread
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying)
  • 1 Egg (lightly beaten)
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 4 Ham Slices
  • 4 Smoked Turkey Slices
  • 4 Fontina Cheese Slices
  • 2 tablespoons Mustard
  • Pickled Jalapenos (to taste)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  • Jam (your favorite)
  • For the Fried Eggs:
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
kitchenware
step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    Vegetable Oil (for frying)
    Preheat 2 inches vegetable oil to 365F.
  • 2
    1 Egg (lightly beaten)
    3/4 cup Milk
    3/4 cup Flour
    2 teaspoons Baking Powder
    Salt and Pepper
    In a shallow baking dish, whisk together the egg and milk. Stir in the flour and baking powder, then season with salt and pepper. 
  • 3
    8 slices Thick-cut White Bread
    2 tablespoons Mustard
    4 Ham Slices
    4 Smoked Turkey Slices
    4 Fontina Cheese Slices
    Pickled Jalapenos (to taste)
    Spread mustard on bread slices. Sandwich each piece of fontina cheese between one slice of turkey and one slice of ham. Add pickled jalapenos if desired and then sandwich between two pieces of bread.  
  • 4
    Powdered sugar for garnish
    Jam (your favorite)
    Batter the sandwiched evenly on all sides with the batter. Drop into the oil, and fry until golden brown and crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar and add a spoonful of your favorite jam.
  • 5
    1 tablespoon Butter
    4 Eggs
    While the sandwiches cool, heat the butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has foamed and subsided, crack each egg into the skillet and fry until the yolk is set.
  • 6
       
    Serve a fried egg alongside each Monte Cristo.
 
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