Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Makes:: 1 sandwich

3 slices white bread
Mayonnaise, as needed
2 slices cheddar cheese
2 slices turkey
2 slices ham
3 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Strawberry slices, for garnish
Orange wedges, for garnish

Serving Suggestion: Raspberry Jam

On a work surface, lay out 2 slices of bread and spread with mayonnaise.
Top each slice with the 1 slice of Gouda, 1 slice of turkey and 1 slice ham each.
Put the third slice of bread on top of one stack, and flip the remaining stack on top, cheese-side down, to make a triple-decker sandwich.
Using a knife, cut the crusts off the sandwich (this helps to pinch and seal the ends).
Wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours.
(Wrapping the sandwich in plastic wrap, compacts it, and prevents the egg batter from seeping in.)

Combine the eggs and milk in a bowl.
Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Unwrap the sandwich and dip it in the egg batter, to coat evenly.
Gently place it in the skillet, and fry, turning once, until golden brown and hot, about 5 minutes total.

Cut the Monte Cristo in 1/2, transfer it to a place, and garnish with the strawberry and orange.
Spoon some jam over each 1/2 and serve immediately.
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Monte Cristo Sandwich-Easy Version

This quick and easy Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe can be an unusual centerpiece for a sandwich supper on busy evening, or a special breakfast or brunch treat.

(Makes: 1 sandwich)2 slices frozen French toast
2 slices smoked ham
1 slice Swiss cheese
powdered sugar, for garnish
strawberry preserves, for dipping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place one piece of French toast on a baking sheet.
Top with the ham, Swiss and remaining piece of French toast.
Bake 15 minutes, until toast is heated through and cheese is melted.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with strawberry preserves, if desired.
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