This is a sandwich that I make when I feel like treating myself at lunch. Sometimes I honestly cannot face another tuna sandwich! I just get bored of the same old sandwiches for lunch. I just adore the monte cristo sandwich. You get the "eggy" flavour in the bread, the crisp crunchy texture on the outside, and to make things even better, the gooey cheesiness from the inside. Anything else you add to the sammy just adds on another layer of goodness. This is a "not to miss" sammy that I highly recommend to anyone who is just as bored as I am of the same old sandwiches.

Makes 2


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of rye or sour dough bread
  • 4 slices gruyere cheese
  • 4 oven roasted turkey slices
  • sweet onion, sliced thin
  • tomato, sliced thin (optional)
  • 6 basil leaves
  • dijon or grainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
1. In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. On your cutting board, start to assemble the sandwiches. Get a slice of bread and layer on cheese, sliced roasted turkey, slice of sweet onion, tomato, and 3 basil leaves. Then spread a bit of dijon or grainy mustard onto the other slice of bread and sandwich it altogether.

2. Heat 1 tbsp of butter or margarine onto a griddle pan or a non-stick skillet, on medium heat, then carefully dip your sandwiches into the egg mixture (on both sides). Really make sure that the egg is absorbed into the bread. Place the sandwiches onto the hot griddle and cook until golden brown, then flip over and do the same. Slice the monte cristo in half and serve immediately.

Cook's tip: You can omit the sliced tomato and place in sliced deli pickles instead, or change the deli meat and add whatever you like.

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