When I was younger, my dad would pack jam and cheese sandwiches for camping and fishing trips. They might not have been the most pristine sandwiches, but they kept well. Later in life, I was introduced to the Monte Cristo sandwich–still the same jam and cheese but with ham and mustard added in and either grilled or fried. It was an upgrade tp the classic grilled cheese sandwich I never knew I needed.
To grill your Monte Cristo sandwich, you can cook it just like you would French toast or a grilled cheese sandwich. Dredge the sandwich through an egg mixture and then grill it on a hot griddle until both sides are golden brown. The result is much like a French toast sandwich but much better.
Frying a Monte Cristo sandwich is much like deep frying stuffed French toast. You dip it into a tempura batter until it’s covered and put it into a hot deep fryer until it’s golden brown on both sides. The result is a nice, crispy sandwich with the fried batter to tie everything together.
As mentioned earlier, the Monte Cristo sandwich has become more of a sandwich type, making it a great template for variations. To make your variations, you need to stick with the basics of the sandwich, but then you can let your imagination soar from there:
(Updated from May 24, 2014)