Open-Face Monte Cristos

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:

For a quick and clever take on a Monte Cristo,  griddle the ham until it's crisp, then pile it onto fried bread with cheese for a crispy, cheesy, insanely delicious sandwich. 


  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 0.5 Pound very thinly sliced ham
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • 4 1-inch-thick slices of Pullman bread
  • 8 slices (1/2 pound) of Gruyère cheese
  • Basil leaves, for garnish


  1. On a griddle, melt the butter. Cook the ham over moderate heat, turning, until golden and crispy around the edges, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk. Dip the bread in the eggs and cook on the griddle until golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the bread and top with the cheese and ham. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted. Garnish with basil and serve.

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Recipe Credit: Kay Chun
Image Credit: Christina Holmes