Heart-Shaped Monte Cristo

Heart-Shaped Monte Cristo

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

Serves

4 people

Using a heart-shaped cutter, we’ve transformed the classic Monte Cristo sandwich into a romantic treat that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary celebration.

Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 slices country-style or homemade bread, each 1 1⁄2 inches thick
  • 8 thin slices ham
  • 4 thin slices Swiss or Gruyère cheese
  • Raspberry preserves for serving

Preparation

  • 1 Preheat an electric panini press according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • 2 In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, nutmeg, brown sugar and salt until blended. Pour into a shallow baking dish.
  • 3 Using a small, sharp knife, cut a slit in one long side of each bread slice.
  • 4 Stuff 2 slices ham and 1 slice cheese in each pocket and press gently to close. Place the stuffed bread in the egg mixture and soak for 2 minutes per side.
  • 5 If desired, lightly brush the panini press with butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place the bread on the press and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions until crisp and golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 6 Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board and cut each one into a heart shape using a heart toast cutter. Serve immediately with raspberry preserves.

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