- 4 slices brioche, or white bread
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 4 slices pepper jack cheese
- 1/2 pound thick sliced baked ham
- 1 serrano chile, sliced thin
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Powdered sugar for serving
Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
- 1/3 cup raspberry fruit jam or preserves
- 2 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice, more as needed
- Assemble the sandwiches. Mix the Dijon and mayo together and spread them on each of the slices. Top each bread with a slice of pepper jack cheese. Add the ham slices, then the serrano chiles, and close the sandwich with the slice of bread and pepper jack. This ensures you have cheese on both sides of the meat.
- Prepare the raspberry chipotle sauce. Make sure the chipotles are chopped very fine, so you don’t have big chile bits in each bite. Mix the ingredients together. Taste and adjust with more lemon juice as needed. Set aside for serving.
- Prepare the egg dip. Whisk the eggs with the cream, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Make sure the mixture is very smooth, you don’t want gloopy egg whites on your bread.
- Heat up the griddle or skillet over medium heat until it’s very hot, but not smoking. Add the butter and oil to the pan and swirl around when the sandwiches are ready to be seared.
- Dip the sandwiches into the eggs. Using tongs or a glove, dip the sandwiches on both sides into the egg dip. The bread can soak for a few minutes on each side before adding to the hot skillet.
- Sear the sandwiches. Add the sandwiches to the melted butter and hot oil in the skillet. Press down gently, and allow them to sear for about 3 minutes. Check to make sure the bottom has a nice crust. Flip and sear the second side. If the cheese needs help with melting, you can use a lid or cheese-melting dome to help. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until it’s crispy to your preference.
- Slice and serve. Garnish with powdered sugar and serve the Monte Cristo sandwiches with the raspberry chipotle sauce.
- The sandwiches can be fully assembled ahead of time. Dunk the sandwiches in the custard mixture when you’re ready to cook.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
- Category: Burgers & Sandwiches
- Method: Griddle
- Cuisine: Sandwich
Keywords: Monte Cristo sandwich, serrano chiles, raspberry chipotle sauce, French toast