Monte Cristo Sandwich

LANE: Did you take off the Monte Cristo sandwich?

A Monte Cristo sandwich is an egg-dipped or batter-dipped ham and cheese sandwich that is pan-fried or deep fried. A variation of the French croque monsieur, recipes in American cookbooks called this a French toasted cheese sandwich from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Monte Cristo sandwich supposedly entered the scene in 1960s Southern California, and exploded in popularity after the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland began serving it.

For reasons which escape me, this sandwich is often served with powdered sugar, jam, or maple syrup in the US. Although Wikipedia says it is usually savoury in the US, I was unable to find a picture of an unsweetened Monte Cristo sandwich.

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