Monte Cristo Pizza | A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich, a variation of the French croque-monsiery. In the 1930’s-1960’s, the sandwich was referred to as French Sandwich. Now you can transform your favorite fried sandwich into a pizza (minus the frying part)! The crust for this delicious pizza if soaked in a batter, baked and then comes the layers of flavors! Mustard, ham, turkey and two kinds of cheese! Add balance by serving a side of raspberry jam or drizzle on top with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar. When visiting New Orleans isn’t an option making your own Monte Cristo is the next best thing!
This pizza is hearty enough (if cut into large pieces) for a men’s breakfast and also perfect (if cut into smaller pieces) for a ladies function, baby or bridal shower with a brunch theme.
I visited Disneyland last year and one of the things on the “to do” list was to try the Monte Cristo Sandwich at the Cafe Orleans. Truth be told I wasn’t impressed. The sandwich was $20 and greasy. That’s why I love this pizza so much. IT’S NOT FRIED and still offers all the delicious layers of flavor a traditional Monte Cristo Sandwich.
I used Texas Toast bread. The thickness of the bread helps it absorb the batter.
To make the pressing process easier, trim off the crust.
Dip in batter.
Press into pan.
Add layers! First layer is mustard!
Add a drizzle of raspberry jam (or serve on the side).
A sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar.
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