Monte Cristo sandwiches are famous in many nations. They are made from very aromatic and rich ingredients which help sustain energy in extreme cold and wintry weather. These sandwiches are made from turkey or ham, butter, white or brown bread, mayonnaise etc. There are different types of Monte Cristo sandwiches namely, Classic Monte Cristo, stuffed Monte Cristo, deep fried, shallow fried, eggplant, sweet mustard sauce sandwiches and many more such varieties. The classic Monte Cristo sandwich has the following ingredients;

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* 4 slices of white or brown bread
* About 50 grams of cooked ham slices. (The ham is cooked in reduced sodium)
* 4 teaspoons cranberry, strawberry or raspberry mustard sauce
* 2 slices of Swiss cheese (reduced fat)
* ¼ cup milk (reduced fat)
* 1 egg white
* 1 teaspoon butter or margarine
* Sieved sugar (powdered) - optional
* Raspberry preservatives – optional

Spread the mustard sauce on 1 side of the bread slice. Place ham and cheese slices over the bread slice. Spread butter on another slice of butter and put it on the ham and cheese slices to make a sandwich. Repeat the same procedure for other bread slices. Keep the sandwiches aside. In another shallow pan or bowl, mix milk and egg white properly. Coat a frying pan or a skillet with butter. Place the pan over medium flame. Place the butter on the pan and let it melt completely. The next step is to dip each sandwich in the milk and egg batter and coat it properly. Drain off the extra batter. Place the dipped sandwiches in the frying pan and fry for about 2 minutes until they are golden brown. Sprinkle powdered sugar over it and serve with favorite berry sauce. 


The deep fried and the shallow fried sandwiches are also made in the same way except the frying method differs. The other types such as eggplant and sweet mustard sandwiches are made with varying ingredients. The super stuffed Monte Cristo sandwiches have following ingredients
* 8 slices smoked bacon
* 4 large eggs, beaten
* 1/4 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg 
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (coarse)
* 2 tablespoons butter
* slices white or brown bread
* 1/2 cup brown mustard
* 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (raspberry, blueberry or strawberry may also be used)
* 1/2 pound cheese
* 1 pound sliced ham
* 1 pound sliced turkey breast
* 1 1/2 cup medium maple syrup

Place a frying pan or a skillet on a medium flame. Cook the bacon and let it dry on tissue papers. Drain all the fat from the pan. Beat the eggs and add to a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon butter and let it melt. Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture and coat both the sides very well. Place these 2 slices on the frying pan until brown. Keep them aside. Take the other 2 slices. Spread mustard, cranberry sauce, cheese on one slice. Place bacon, ham and turkey to the slice. Use a spatula to then place these two slices over the earlier egg covered slices. Press them together gently. Heat the maple syrup in a pan and generously pour it over the sandwiches. Stuffed Monte Cristo sandwich is ready. The other Monte Cristo sandwich recipes that are famous are Avocado, baked, delight, eggplant, sweet mustard and many more.