Monday, August 9, 2010

Diner Classic: Monte Cristo

I love this diner classic, with it's simple and hearty flavors, it's been a longtime favorite of mine for years. Since we have no diners anywhere near our town (not kidding - it really kills me, too!), I have to go out on a limb and make my own. This is much healthier than standard restaurant fare, using egg whites for the batter dip, and whole wheat bread for the sandwich!

6 slices whole wheat bread (not thin sliced) $.28
2 egg whites $.20
12 thin slices of brown sugar or honey ham $.69
12 thin slices of smoked turkey breast $.79
3 thin slices of reduced fat swiss cheese $.66
1/4 tsp. white pepper $.05
pinch of salt $.05
cooking spray

In a deep bowl, whisk egg whites with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Top 3 slices of bread with 4 slices each ham and turkey and 1 slice swiss cheese each. Top each with another slice of bread, and dunk thoroughly into beaten egg mixture.

Cover a non-stick pan with cooking spray and lightly fry each sammie for 3-6 mintues per siude, turning over once when crust is lightly golden, bread is cooked through, and cheese is melted.

Serve hot.

Yields = 3 sammies
Cost: $2.72
Cost per sammie: $.91

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