If you are ever in Fayetteville, AR, you must try Hammontree's. Saturday, my mom and I went with my best friend of 18 years, Caitlin, and her mom to Fayetteville to see Legally Blonde: The Musical and also to eat at Hammontree's. They have the Ozark Monte Cristo, which is what my mom and Caitlin's mom got to eat. (I had the Parmaggedon, which will be recreated, and Caitlin had the Jack to the Future.) Eating there again peeked my interest in the Monte Cristo sandwich, because I've always wanted to try it, but always been leery of meat inside of french toast. But lemme tell you, it's fabulous.
In my house, Brian (my wonderful boyfriend) and I have a rating scale for food. It's either a Make Again, Good but needs Changes, or Never Make Again. I was scared this sandwich would rank on the Never Make Again scale, but Brian actually ate two and declared it a Make Again. Hooray!
My Monte Cristo
8 slices brioche, or whatever bread you have on hand
8 slices Honey Ham
8 slices Smoked Turkey
1/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
2 Tbsp butter
Powdered sugar, for sprinkling
Put 1 Tbsp butter into a large skillet over medium heat to melt. Combine eggs and milk into a large dish (I used a 9x13). Add nutmeg and pepper into the egg and milk mixture. Slather peach preserves on one side of your sandwich. Assemble sandwiches with two pieces of cheese, ham and turkey. Dip 2 sandwiches into the egg and milk mixture and flip to coat both sides. Place two sandwiches into skillet and brown on both sides, abour 4-5 minutes on each side. Be careful not to burn them. Once you take those out, put the remaining butter into the skillet. Repeat with remaining two sandwiches.
Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar before serving.