If you’ve never had a Monte Christo, you’re in for a real treat. It can be really fatty and it’s usually made double-decker style, making it over 600 calories! I felt it was time to make over this brunch staple. I rather enjoy it cooked in the French toast method instead of deep frying. The calorie count goes way down compared to the original which means no sharing.
Makes 4 servings
8 slices 100% whole wheat bread
8 thin slices lean honey ham
4 thin slices Swiss cheese
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Butter flavored cooking spray
2 tsp powdered sugar
4 tbsp. sugar-free raspberry jam
Preheat oven to 200. Place a large baking sheet in the oven to warm.
Make 4 sandwiches with 2 slices of honey ham and one slice of Swiss cheese each, set aside. Scoop the jam into a small bowl and stir to make it easy for dipping. Pour 1 tablespoon each stirred jam into 4 small dipping containers, set aside. Whisk eggs, almond milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a shallow rimmed dish such as a cake or pie tin, and set near the stove. Set a griddle or skillet over medium heat.
Place one sandwich in the prepared batter 5 seconds, turn over to soak the other side for 5 seconds. Off-heat, spray the pan or griddle lightly with cooking spray and place the sandwich in the pan or griddle. Spray top of sandwich lightly with cooking spray. Cook for 3 minutes. Flip, then lightly press down on sandwich with spatula once to ensure the cheese melts. Cook for 2 minutes and when browned on both sides place in prepared baking sheet in the oven to keep warm. Repeat process with 3 other sandwiches.
Cut each sandwich in half diagonally. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with 1 tablespoon raspberry jam for dipping.
|Calories per Serving||231|