Wednesday, March 21, 2007
There it is! The Monte Cristos came off without a hitch. Golden brown, dusted with powdered sugar, strawberry jam on the side. Fruit as an accompaniment in honor of all those skinny chicks on TV... Actually, there was one tiny hitch--my sandwich was the first and it stuck to the fry basket so I lost a piece of bread momentarily. It was recovered and I squished it all back together and it still tasted great. Preparations for this sandwich involved Everett's (of course) and Trader Joe's. The meat and cheese came from Everett's, big surprise. We got good sourdough sandwich bread and really tasty Dijon mustard at Trader Joe's. I know Dijon mustard isn't in the traditional Monte Cristo, but it sounded good to me. It's really good with jam. Try it!
I layered bread, Dijon mustard, ham, Swiss cheese, turkey, more mustard and then bread. I sliced it diagonally, battered it, and threw it in the deep fryer. Beth did pretty much the same, minus the mustard.
Angie made a monster Monte Cristo, of course. Three pieces of bread layered with lots of cheese, ham, and turkey; Dijon mustard AND strawberry jam. She cut it into quarters before battering to make it more manageable. Check it out before
And after. (Please note that she saved half for lunch tomorrow)
And we couldn't resist the greasy hands picture
Next week may be messy too. We're making pulled pork! Angie had the brilliant idea of making it from a porketta roast. (Insert Homer Simpson drool here). We better get some squishy white buns....