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The Monte Cristo, a savory-sweet ham and cheese sandwich that's fried or grilled and garnished with powdered sugar, is a popular sandwich option in New Hampshire. But you don't have to travel all the way to New England to enjoy this hearty treat.
Follow this recipe, from the folks at The Food Channel, that pairs smoky-sweet griddled country ham, gooey Fontina cheese and a creamy maple Dijon sauce to create an indulgent variation you can cook up at home in under 30 minutes.
New Hampshire Monte Cristo Sandwich
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3/4 pound country ham pieces, trimmed
- As needed, melted butter
- 8 (1/2-inch thick) slices rustic country bread
- 12 slices fontina cheese
- 4 tablespoons blackberry preserves (optional)
- As needed, maple syrup, warm
Combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup in small bowl and whisk to blend; taste and adjust flavor if needed.
Combine eggs, milk and 1 tablespoon maple syrup in shallow container and whisk to blend.
Fry ham pieces in a large skillet over medium heat until golden and sizzling hot.
To assemble sandwiches: brush outer sides of each slice of bread lightly with butter and arrange buttered side down on flat work surface. Spread maple Dijon aioli over bottom 4 slices of bread.
Top each evenly with ham and cheese. Press closed with top halves of sandwich.
Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture to coat bread; drain excess.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat; add sandwiches and grill on each side for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
Diagonal-slice sandwiches and arrange on plates; top with blackberry preserves and maple syrup.