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American Recipes: Holle's Breakfast Monte Cristo

Updated on December 24, 2012

American Recipes: Breakfast

I love great American recipes for breakfast! This is how I turned a lunch sandwich into a breakfast sandwich. Hubby and I are members of a private club with a great restaurant. When I got out more, we dined there often. One of my favorite dishes served at the club was their Monte Cristo sandwich. In case you’re not familiar with this treat, the traditional version is made with ham, Swiss cheese, two slices of bread, cream, eggs, and a dash of cinnamon. Many cooks dust the fried sandwich with powdered sugar.

One day I decided that the Monte Cristo would make a pretty darn good breakfast sandwich with a few tweaks. I felt that I was up to the challenge, so I began my quest. I made several versions of my newly invented breakfast sandwich, but I finally decided it needed a little something more. I finally came up with the following recipe:


Holle’s Monte Cristo breakfast sandwich

What you’ll need:


3 slices thick hickory-smoked bacon

½ bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 heaping tablespoon thinly sliced green onions

Softened butter

2 slices stale bread

1 slice Swiss cheese

1 slice sharp cheddar cheese

2 eggs

2 tablespoons cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Fry bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. In bacon drippings, sauté bell pepper and onion until tender. Drain.

Butter one side of each bread slice. On one slice of buttered bread, place the Swiss cheese. Place the cheddar on the other.

Place the bacon, bell pepper, and onion on top of the cheddar, and place the other bread and cheese on top to make the sandwich. Wrap the sandwich tightly in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours. You can make the sandwiches and refrigerate them overnight, if you wish.

Beat together the eggs and the cream, and add the salt and pepper.

Dip the sandwich in the egg mixture and fry in butter on medium heat. Brown both sides.

To learn how to make the original Monte Cristo sandwich, watch the following video:


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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I hope you like it, Tony!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      I'm off to check if we have the necessary! If we do, guess what I'm doing today!

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful tweaks!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Nancy!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds so delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sunny!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Habee, I have been thinking about Monte Cristos lately, so I had to stop by here. This looks amazing! I like your tweaks that you did. I love how theres a lot of flavor going on in Monte Cristos. Yum!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Myawn!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      buckie, you're always welcome at my house!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, HP!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Maita, I've thought about that!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you liked the hub, drbj!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Anne! Let me know how it turns out!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      V, you are too sweet!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sorry, Judy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop! How have you been? Sorry, I've been lost in contest land!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      chris, I know you'll like it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, HH!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Pam!

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      I want to try this recipe looks delicious

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      That looks mighty good, Spanky....I'll be over this weekend and expect it on the menu!

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is good to know all about delicious Breakfast.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      I haven't tasted it yet habee, but it sounds delicious, I think habee, you should put your own web about food and recipe, Maita

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Yummy, yummy, habee.

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      msannec 7 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      This looks soooo delicious! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try it.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      You are a woman after my own heart :) - I am bookmarking this, rating it up, voting, and facebooking it. My friends would love this recipe.

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Stop! You're making me hungry!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I will definitely try this one. Thanks.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I'm gonna try this recipe, Holle.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Now, you are bringing out the great stuff. Thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Habee, I wish I could have grabbed that sandwich right out of that man's hands. It was very clever to adapt the recipe to make a breakfast meal. Rated up!