Monte Cristo sandwich
|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredient(s)||Bread, ham, cheese (Emmental or Gruyère), egg batter|
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A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich, a variation of the French croque-monsieur. In the 1930s–1960s, American cookbooks had recipes for this sandwich under such names as French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, and French Toasted Cheese Sandwich.Emmental or Gruyère cheese is typically used.
In most regions, the sandwich is savory rather than sweet. Traditionally, it is dipped in its entirety in egg batter and fried. Regional variations may include sliced turkey. In some areas of the United States it is served grilled, in others as an open sandwich with only the bread battered and the assembled sandwich heated slightly under a broiler.
The Monte Cristo has been known to be occasionally served with preserves.
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