Vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup and almonds give the classic Monte Cristo sandwich a sweet and nutty twist.




  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs, half-and-half or light cream, vanilla, and cinnamon until well mixed. Pour into a shallow pan or dish. Set aside.

  • For each sandwich, tuck a generous amount of ham between two slices of cheese; place between two slices of the white bread.

  • Dip sandwiches in egg mixture. Cook on a hot, buttered griddle or in a buttered nonstick skillet until golden, turning once.

  • Cut each sandwich in half diagonally and arrange on six plates. Garnish with almonds and sifted powdered sugar. Pass maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts

461 calories; 23 g total fat; 11 g saturated fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat; 127 mg cholesterol; 760 mg sodium. 168 mg potassium; 43 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 20 g sugar; 23 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 528 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 1 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 45 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 409 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;