Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monte Cristo Benedict

This was one of the most amazing flavor combinations of all time.  I made this for the morning of Father's Day for Liam and I to share, since I am a single mother.  I even had leftovers for breakfast this morning and it was STILL amazing. I highly recommend this recipe, and it's not nearly as hard as it may appear to be.

Ingredients: (I only made 3 servings, since it was just Liam and I but I will show the servings for 4)
2 Large Eggs
1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp White Sugar
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Orange Juice
4 slices of bread (thick bread works the best)
1 Tbsp Butter
8 thin slices cooked ham
4 slices Cheddar Cheese
4 slices of a smoked cheese (cheddar, butterkase, etc)
8 poached eggs
A dash of Mediterranean Spiced Sea Salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Whisk the eggs, cream, sugar, pepper, cinnamon and orange juice together in a bowl until the batter is thorough combined. 
Lay bread slices into batter one at a time and let the bread absorb the mixture.  Turn bread over and repeat for the other side.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter.  Cook the bread in the hot butter until browned (about 2-3 minutes per side).  Transfer the French Toast slices to a baking sheet.  *Feel free to use parchment paper to make for an easy cleanup.
Lay ham slices in the skillet and cook until they begin to brown on the edges (only about 1 minute per side).
Place a cheddar cheese slice on top of each French Toast slice.  Add 2 ham slices to each one as well and top with the smoked cheese.
Bake until the French toast batter has set and the cheese has melted (about 12-15 minutes).
Place sandwiches on a serving plate and top each with 2 poached eggs.  Season with the Mediterranean Spiced Sea Salt. 
Serve & Enjoy!

Whisk the batter ingredients together
Place the bread into the batter to soak
Turn to soak the other side
Cook in a large skillet until browned
Place on a baking sheet
Lightly brown the ham
Add a slice of cheddar cheese to the French toast
Top with the ham
Add the smoked cheese on top and stick in the oven
Poach the eggs

Remove from the oven with melted cheese
Top each slice with 2 poached eggs
Serve with a dash of seasoning and enjoy

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