Spanish Monte Cristo Sandwich!


Are you a fan of the sweet and the salty? Do you love a good grilled cheese? Are you in the mood for decadence at it's finest? Can you think of a more delicious way to have your cake and eat it too? I think NOT! You must try this!

8 1/2-inch-thick slices sourdough or country-style French bread
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
6 ounces Manchego cheese, thinly sliced
2 ounces thinly sliced Serrano ham or prosciutto
4 tablespoons membrillo (quince paste) or quince preserves
4 large eggs4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

Arrange 4 bread slices on work surface.
Spread each with 1/2 tablespoon mustard.
Top each with 1/4 of cheese, then 1/4 of ham, folding to fit.
Spread 1 tbsp quince paste on each remaining 4 bread slices; place bread, paste side down, atop ham.
Beat eggs in pie dish until well blended.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in each of 2 large skillets over medium-low heat.
Work w/1 sandwich at a time, hold them tightly closed & dip into beaten eggs to coat on all sides.
Place 2 sandwiches in each skillet.
Cover and cook until bottoms are golden, about 4 minutes.
Turn sandwiches over.
Cover & cook until bottoms are golden, cheese is melted, & egg coating is cooked through, about 4 minutes longer.


  1. I'm not braging, but I made this sandwich and it turned out to be too fabulous for words.

  2. I just ate dinner and am totally full but think I could manage to eat half of THAT sandwich right now.

  3. This was one of the strangest sandwiches I had ever seen when I got to the United States but it was really, really popular. I don't think I ever ate one but I will now. I couldn't understand the strawberry jam with the ham, and the name was so intriguing.

  4. I got a new computer today and I am lost without all my old stuff.


  5. That is one gorgeous sandwich! Love all the flavors combined here, especially the quince paste. I'm definitely making this one.

  6. This sounds awesome - will have to try it out on the husband next week


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