Mini Monte Cristo Sandwiches and Kale Chips

mmcOnce again, I found myself wanting to make something I’d never had before. Where do these urges come from?

Sundays are a little busy in our house. Our kids are in a community orchestra so we leave the house for rehearsal at 12:15 and don’t get home until about 5:30. I need to make sure they have something hearty for lunch so they don’t rip the house apart looking for food when we get home. Monte Cristos seemed like just the ticket. If you aren’t familiar, Monte Cristos are a variation on grilled cheese, usually with the addition of ham. The main difference is you dip the bread in egg before grilling so you essentially have savory stuffed French Toast.

Monte Cristo Sandwich
Ten slices of Italian Bread or some other hard crusted bread that comes in a narrow loaf
Three eggs
Splash of milk
Sandwich stuff

1. Beat together the eggs and milk.
2. Dip ONE side of each slice of bread in the egg mixture.
3. Place the bread egg side down in a pan you have heated and sprayed with cooking spray.
4. Top the bread with your sandwich stuff. I usually put the cheese on one slice and the meat on the other.
5. Heat until golden brown.
6. Assemble and serve!

For the Kale Chips
Kale – the amount will depend on the size of your baking sheet
Sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Place Kale in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray. NOTE: Kale should be dry.
3. Sprinkle with sea salt
4. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.

I made a wide variety of sandwiches including:
Salami, provolone and pesto
Ham and swiss with honey mustard
Spinach, onion, provolone and pesto (I LOVE Pesto!)

I wasn’t sure that people would love my sandwiches but they did! They liked that there were a variety of small sandwiches so everyone could try more than one kind of sandwich. The Kale Chips were only loved by my Faithful Assistant and me. We didn’t mind.

If you’re looking for something a little different to serve for your Super Bowl Gathering, this is a good option.

Enjoy!

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