• Elise Risho

Monte Cristo Sandwich, Chinese Five Spice

Updated: Apr 18

Recipe by Chef Abraham Risho

The Monte Cristo has the amazing versatility of being both savory and sweet at the same time. That beautiful bridge between breakfast and lunch that we all crave so much on week- ends: BRUNCH!

Chinese Five Spice has the same qualities, working well with sweet flavors, as well as savory. In the batter, however, you’re looking for a texture a little thicker than crêpe batter but a little thinner than pancake batter; somewhere in between.

You can find brioche from a local bakery. Or, if you are ambitious, look up a recipe online. That’s what I did. Typically the Monte Cristo is also deep fried, and you can do that if you’d like, but I prefer it skillet-fried, almost like French toast, and sometimes with syrup! It is oooo-ey, goo-ey, and utterly amazing!“

Monte Cristo Sandwich with Five Spice from The Silk Road Sandwich

1 loaf brioche, sliced thin

4oz country ham, sliced thin

4oz Jarlsburg cheese, sliced thin

1/2C jam


2 eggs

1C milk

1C wheat flour

1T Five Spice

1/8t salt

2T vegetable oil


Assemble SandwichesAssemble sandwiches in this order, bottom to top: brioche, jam, cheese, ham cheese, jam, briocheRepeat until all ingredients are usedMix the BatterIn large mixing bowl assemble & mix all better ingredientsStrain out clumpsLet batter rest 30 minutes at room temperatureBatter & GrillHeat cast iron skillet to medium, then add 2-T butter, stir to melt slightlyUse your hands to carefully pick up assembled sandwich, place in batter and thoroughly cover with batter on all sidesPlace bettered sandwich on grill, cook until browned and cheese starts melting out the side, then turn and repeat.

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