This is a traditional Monte Cristo recipe but instead of raspberry jam we made a honey mustard spread.  To give the honey mustard spread a bit of kick, we added some finely diced chipotle peppers.  We could have gotten the same effect with a few drops of hot sauce.  You can season the spread to your taste.

Ingredients

8 slices hearty bread

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

8 slices of provolone or Swiss cheese

1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons prepared mustard

a dash of dried chipotle peppers or hot sauce

Directions

  1. Set aside eight slices of hearty bread.  If all you have is very light bread that may come apart when dipped in the egg mixture, toast the bread.
  2. Mix the eggs, milk, salt, dry mustard, and white pepper together in a shallow bowl.
  3. Make the honey spread by mixing the honey, prepared mustard and peppers together.  Set aside.
  4. Place a slice of cheese on four of the slices.
  5. Layer the honey mustard spread on the four cheese slices.
  6. Cover with the deli ham.
  7. Add another thin layer of spread, then cheese, and then top with the remaining bread slices to make a sandwich.
  8. Heat a griddle or large frying pan.  Melt a little butter just before frying the sandwiches.
  9. Dip the sandwiches in the egg mixture, turn the sandwich in the egg mixture, and place the sandwiches on the hot griddle.
  10. Fry as you would a grilled cheese sandwich, turning the sandwich when one side is golden brown.
  11. Serve hot.

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