I've been running into a bunch of Monte Cristo sandwiches on the web lately. I don't recall ever having one before, but they definitely look good! I came across this particular recipe on Pinterest and decided to go try it since it was something different than just meat and cheese on bread.
I really liked this! I'm sure the powdered sugar and syrup were a big help, but still...it was really good. And simple! I normally hate working with puff pastry, but in this case it wasn't bad at all. Even Jesse liked these (though again, I'm thinking the sugar and syrup had something to do with that).
I'm not really sure what a traditional Monte Cristo is supposed to look like, but I'll definitely be making this again. For some reason I always seem to have puff pastry in my freezer, and its a great way to use up lunch meat and Swiss cheese (I don't normally like Swiss cheese, but every now and then a dinner recipe will call for it, and I'll have leftover, which I usually just throw away since no one wants it). Anyway, glad I tried this!
'Baked Monte Cristo Sandwich'
Source: Pepperidge Farm
1 teaspoon water
1/2 of a package of Puff Pastry (1 sheet), thawed
8 thin slices deli ham
4 slices Swiss cheese
1. Heat oven to 400. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.
2. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface. Cut into 4 equal squares. Brush the edges of the pastries with the egg mixture.
3. With a corner of one pastry facing you, place 2 slices ham and 1 slice of cheese on the bottom half of the pastry. Fold the back corner of the pastry up over the filling to form a triangle and press the edges to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat with the remaining pastries.
4. Brush the tops of the pastries with the egg mixture and place onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until pastries are golden brown.
5. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve with the maple syrup.