Tis the season to make merry and celebrate the past year and toast to welcome the new one. Whether at home with the family, or out and about with your people, one thing is for sure… New Year’s Day morn is usually one we like to ease in slowly in our jammies with something really good to eat.
The Monte Cristo, a version of the original French croque monsieur, is a bit savory married with a tad of sweet. Appearing in American cookbooks around the 1930’s, history tells us it really made its debut on the culinary scene when one of California Disney’s restaurants featured on their menu.
Traditionally, this egg battered ham and cheese sandwich is fried crispy and served with preserves for dipping, most often that seems to be raspberry. You can definitely make ours with a plain bread and preserves, but when we came upon some delicious looking cinnamon apple bread, that seemed to be a delicious choice, and it is! We think any sort of bread with fruit in it would be nice… and pairs well with the light saltiness of Rays Country Ham slices. And a mimosa as well.
No matter how you make it, our country ham will please you and your company the morning after… be it after ringing in a new year, or anytime. Or heck, throw it in the oven as you’re counting down to midnight to have ready to enjoy at midnight for a just-before-bed comforting meal.