Friday, September 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Monte Cristo

A traditional monte cristo is a ham and cheese sandwich dipped in egg batter and fried. My version combines all of my favorite Thanksgiving-esque ingredients and french toast batter to make a slightly sweet, savory and crisp sandwich, perfect for utilizing holiday leftovers.
While the 12-grain bread I used served it's purpose, a sturdier bread would be more appropriate to hold all the fixings after being dunked in batter. Try a french bread or whole wheat baquette for best results.

One Year Ago Today Risotto Style Sweet Potato with Spiced Pecans, Cranberries & Braised Leeks

Roasted sweet potato and brussel sprout leaves sandwiched in between whole grain bread with red currant jam, vegan turkey slices and creamy avocado.

Thanksgiving Day Monte Cristo
serves 3
1 large sweet potato, skin on, thinly sliced
1 tbl extra virgin olive oil, plus more for sauteing
12 brussel sprouts, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 tbl red currant jam
6-1/4" slices french bread
12 slices vegan turkey ( I used Tofurkey Oven Roasted Deli Sliced)
1 avocado, thinly sliced

Let's do this all in one large saute pan!
Fill the saute pan half way up with water and add the sweet potato slices and some salt. Bring to a boil and cook 3/4ths of the way. Drain the water from the pan and add 1 tbl of olive oil, the sweet potatoes, brussels and garlic. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon. Saute until the brussel leaves have crisped and the potatoes have cooked through.
Assemble the sandwiches with red currant jam on one side of each sandwich. Layer with turkey, avocado, sweet potato and brussel sprouts. Press the sandwich down to compact and make the batter.

1 cup original almond milk
1 tbl ground flax seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Whisk all of the batter ingredients together. Dip the complete sandwiches on both sides of bread in the batter and pan fry until golden brown and crisp on both sides.
Serve with chips like Terra brand Sweets & Beets.

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