Monte Cristo Sandwich with Bacon-Maple Sauce

Dad will love this meaty, sweet and bacon-y breakfast treat. The sauce may be made ahead, but the sandwiches should be served hot out of the pan.

Yield: 4 Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 slices slices firm white bread
  • 8 slices (about 4 ounces) Gruyere or Emmentaler cheese
  • 8 slices (about 8 ounces) deli-sliced ham
  • 4 slices (about 4 ounces) deli-sliced turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 slices hickory smoked bacon
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

  1. For the sandwich: Lightly beat the eggs, milk, mustard, and cinnamon in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  2. Arrange 4 slices of bread on a work surface and top each with 1 slice cheese, 2 slices ham, 1 slice turkey, 1 slice cheese. Top each with the remaining bread.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dip both sides and edges of 2 sandwiches into the egg mixture to coat. When the butter foams, add sandwiches to the skillet and fry until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Wipe out skillet, melt remaining butter and repeat with remaining sandwiches and egg mixture. Serve with Bacon-Maple Sauce.
  4. For the Bacon-Maple Sauce: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 7 to 8 minutes. Place bacon on a plate lined with paper to drain; chop into small pieces.
  5. Add bacon and syrup to a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook 5 minutes. Keep warm.