In Hungary, we normally deep-fry french toast, but I've tried the original method when you cook the toast on some butter in a pan, which gives you a more enjoyable result, so I'll never deep fry it again. To elevate this toast to a whole new level, let's create a ham and cheese sandwich, soak into the egg and finish it as you would finish a French toast: this is the Monte Cristo Sandwich!


  • 2 thick slices of toast bread
  • 1 egg
  • 20 ml cream
  • 2 slice ham
  • 100 g grated cheese
  • 25 g butter


  1. Heap some of the grated cheese on a slice of bread, add 2 slices of ham, more cheese and close the sandwich with another slice of bread.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat.
  3. Beat the egg and incorporate the cream.
  4. Soak the sandwich in the egg on both sides, place the sandwich into the pan and cook it for about 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Slice it in half and serve it hot.

Try to spread some mayo or mustard bechamel on the sandwich and you will get a result very close to the experience of a Croque Monsieur sandwich!

Monte Cristo Sandwich - Photo by © Reka Csulak

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