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Author Notes: When I was a kid, my mom made Monte Cristo sandwiches as a special treat for my sister and me. With the gooey melted cheese, salty ham, and sweet crispy battered edges topped with powdered sugar, Monte Cristos were the most most requested sandwich in our house. My version is a new spin on Mom's old recipe- with three cheeses, 2 meats, and creamy dijon mustard. It still reminds me of childhood with every powdered sugary bite. —Loves Food Loves to Eat
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 8 slices Gouda cheese
- 8 slices gruyere cheese
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 8 slices thin deli turkey
- 8 slices thin deli ham
- 8 slices thick white (French toast) bread
- Dijon mustard
- butter for griddle
- Mix together the first 4 ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, egg, and milk. Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir until flour is dampened. Set aside.
- For each sandwich, spread one slice bread with mustard, and layer with (in following order) 2 slices gruyere, 2 slices ham, sprinkle parmesan, 2 slices turkey, ground pepper, 2 slices gouda, other piece of bread. Repeat for all 4 sandwiches.
- Heat butter in skillet or griddle to medium heat.
- Pour half of batter in shallow dish, and for each sandwich, dip in batter in shallow dish, and pour batter over top to coat. Grill each sandwich- about 2-3 minutes on each side until batter is golden brown and cheese is melted.
- Serve dusted with powdered sugar.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best "Ham and Cheese"