At our house, we have a saying..."Don't yuk my yum!". We are trying to raise kids that aren't picky eaters by exposing them to many different kinds of food. It wasn't that long ago that one of my kids asked "Why can't you cook food like everyone else? Like tater tot hotdish?" The reason? It's not very healthy or creative and I think it's kind of gross. I don't cook like that. I like to use fresh, healthy ingredients to make great tasting good for you dishes. I've created this blog to share my favorite recipes with you.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Monte Cristos

This Monte Cristo recipe came from my mother in law, via my sister in law, Melissa.  A long time ago, we had a bunch of leftover ham and turkey and I had no idea what to do with it.  Melissa said, "make Monte Cristos"!  I had no idea what she was talking about.  Yes, I had heard of Monte Cristos but I had never made them or had them at anyone's houses.  The Monte Cristos I was familiar with are the deep fried calorie bombs I get at Bennigans once in a while. 

This recipe is not deep fried.  It gets its crunch from rice crispies.  Given that, it is way healthier than the Bennigans version and I think it is just as good.  This is one of those recipes that I forget about, then one of the girls will ask for it or I will buy ham and turkey and remember that some swiss cheese and english muffin bread could make this into a great sandwich. 

Monte Cristos
1 loaf English Muffin bread
ham (I use 2 deli slices per sandwich or 1 thicker slice from a home baked ham)
turkey (I use 2 deli slices per sandwich or 1 thicker slice from a home roasted turkey)
swiss cheese (2 slices per sandwich)
4 egg whites (for 5-6 sandwiches) (you can buy egg whites in a carton, or just use regular egg whites)
1/2 c. milk
1 T. powdered sugar
2 c. Rice Crispies, slightly crushed (or more, if you like a lot of coating)

Lay out the bread on the counter, then top each slice with a piece of swiss cheese. Top half with the turkey and the other half with the ham, like this:

Make the two halves into sandwiches.

Beat the egg whites with the milk and powdered sugar in a shallow bowl.  Place the crushed rice krispies in another shallow bowl.  Taking one sandwich at a time, dip them first in the egg/milk mixture, being careful not to get them too wet, as they will fall apart and/or take forever to cook.  Coat each sandwich thorougly with the rice krispies.  Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the eggs are set and the rice krispies start to brown. 

I like these served with strawberry or rasperry jam and sour cream for dipping, but they are also great all by themselves. 

I always make the whole loaf of english muffin bread, which has 10-12 slices.  We don't eat that much in one sitting, but these reheat great in the oven and microwave and are even good cold in a pinch. 

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