Apple Cheddar Monte Cristo

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A Monte Cristo sandwcih is like a stuffed, savory french toast. Similar to a Croque Madame, these sandwiches are typically filled with ham and cheese and then dipped in an egg batter before being pan fried. To make a kosher version, you can just leave out the ham and make a glorified grilled cheese, but I wanted to take that a step further and add in apple slices.

Everyone knows apples work well with cheddar, in my recipe I actually used a Blue Marble cheese from Sincerely Brigitte, but a cheddar would work well too. The apple didn't really get soft and I really enjoyed the crunch that it provided in this sandwich. While preparing this sandwich I learned that it is customary to serve a Monte Cristo sandwich with a sweet sauce, so I served mine with a Plum and Fennel Chutney I got from Kosher Artisanal. It went perfectly.

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 slice cheddar cheese or 1 oz. shredded Sincerely Brigitte Blue Marble
  • 1/4 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Gold's Deli Mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon favorite chutney, Blake Hill Plum Fennel is what I used

Preparation

On a work surface, lay out a slice of bread and spread with mustard. Top with 1 slice of cheddar or shredded cheese, add thinly sliced apples and then top with second slice of bread.

Combine the egg and milk in a bowl. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray.  Dip sandwich into the gg batter to evenly coat.  Place in the hot skillet, fry, turning once until both sides are golden.  About 5 minutes total.

Transfer to a plate, cut in half and serve with chutney.