[Photograph: Morgan Eisenberg]
Inspired by the iconic breakfast sandwich, these Monte Cristo crepes are filled with ham, cheese, and a tangy jelly-mustard mixture (sounds weird, but we swear it works!), and then coated in an egg batter and pan-fried until golden. It’s a masterpiece of the sweet-and-savory genre, and it turns out it’s just as good in crepe form.
Why It Works
- Using thin crepes instead of bread allows the fillings to shine.
- A quick dip in the egg mixture allows for a crisp exterior without making the crepes soggy.
- 1/2 cup (160g) seedless raspberry or red currant jelly
- 1/4 cup (65g) Dijon mustard
- 6 cooked basic crepes
- 6 slices Swiss cheese
- 6 slices Gruyère cheese
- 18 slices deli ham
- 1 cup (8 ounces; 240g) milk
- 6 tablespoons (90g) unsalted butter
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Kosher salt
- Confectioners’ sugar, to dust
- Assorted berries, for garnish (optional)
In a small bowl, thoroughly whisk together jelly and mustard. Fold the crepes in half and spread a light layer of the jelly mixture over the crepes. Top each crepe with a slice of each cheese and then layer 3 slices of ham on top of the cheese. If the rounded edge of the crepe is sticking out, fold it inward and tuck under the cheese then roll the crepe up tightly and and set seam-side down. Repeat for remaining crepes.
Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk in a generous pinch of kosher salt. Using tongs, briefly dip a crepe into egg mixture. Allow excess to drip off and transfer to the skillet, seam-side down. Repeat with another crepe. Fry crepes until golden all over, turning occasionally, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining crepes, frying two at a time and adding butter as needed.
Dust crepes with powdered sugar. Serve warm with berries and the remaining jelly-mustard mixture.
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