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
1C wheat flour
1T Five Spice
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.