Jamie says: I had fun cooking lunch today for my cousin David who’s in town for a conference and visiting me this weekend. It felt good to be in my playground (aka the kitchen) storming up creations, such as this Monte Cristo Sandwich with Chipotle Basil Jam, without limitations. And, of course, it’s awesome having my cousin in town.
I started out with fresh ingredients…
…and blended them up to make my own Chipotle Bail Jam.
I heated up my (relatively new) George Foreman grill since it’s not every day you can get a homemade hot lunch.
I loved how the cheese melted, the ham and jam warmed, and the sugar hardened on top of the French toast-like bread.
I made some fierce little sandwiches that left my taste buds smiling. (The carrots were happy to be a part of the show, too.)
Monte Cristo Sandwich with Chipotle Basil Jam
- four 100% whole wheat dinner rolls (Publix Bakery)
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- 1 thick slice yellow onion
- 1/8 tsp ground chiptole
- 1/4 tsp plus a dash ground cinnamon, divided
- 2 eggs (Eggland’s Best Organic)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp buttery spread (Smart Balance Original)
- 2 oz fresh mozzarella cheese (Sorrento)
- 2 slices uncured black forest ham (Applegate Naturals)
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- Preheat indoor grill (George Foreman) to 310°F. Slice bread rolls in half.
- In a food processor, pulse blackberries, fresh basil, onion, chipotle, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon until combined.
- Crack eggs into a small bowl. Add a dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract and beat. Melt buttery spread on grill. Dip roll halves into egg mixture and place each one separately on grill, cut-side up. Close grill and cook for about 3 minutes or until egg is cooked throughout.
- Slice cheese into four pieces. Cut ham slices in half. Place ham and cheese on the bottom roll pieces. Scoop 1 Tbsp chipotle basil jam on top of each. Place top remaining bread pieces on top to make a sandwich. Sprinkle brown sugar on top. Close grill and heat for an additional 2 minutes or until hot.
- Scoop remaining chipotle basil jam into a small bowl and refrigerate for later. Enjoy sandwiches hot off the grill!
Yield: 4 sandwiches, plus extra chipotle basil jam
Servings: 2, plus additional servings of chipotle basil jam
- Nutrition note: Use ingredients in moderation make healthy substitutions to turn a high calorie, high saturated fat sandwich into a healthier but just as tasty version. A typical Monte Cristo usually has large, thick pieces of bread, a stack of meat, a lot of cheese, whole milk, butter, and mayonnaise. Slim it down and raise the nutrition by using less bread, meat, and cheese; and substituting whole wheat bread for white bread, buttery spread for mayo, real fruit instead of jelly, holding the mayonnaise and whole milk, using more nutrient-rich eggs, and adding herbs and spices instead of salt.