Monte Cristo Sandwich
The Monte Cristo sandwich has long been a favorite of Americans. Traditionally, the Monte Cristo sandwich is a ham, turkey and Swiss cheese sandwich served on a brioche bed that's been dipped in egg batter and fried, like French toast. Most Monte Crisco sandwiches are lightly dusted in powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry jam for dipping. Different regions in the country offer different variations of the Monte Cristo sandwich. For example, in some parts of New York state, the Monte Cristo Sandwich is served with thousand island dressing instead of the more traditional jam. This method is often referred to as "Cumberland Head" style. In other places, the gourmet sandwich is served with maple syrup or a sweet mustard sauce. Some restaurants in the country offer the Monte Cristo with roast beef instead of turkey or ham and cheddar cheese is often used in favor of Swiss cheese.
Most food historians believe the Monte Crisco sandwich derivates from the French grilled cheese gourmet sandwich, Croque Monsieur. The French version of the original Monte Crisco made it's debut in a café in Paris in 1910. This gourmet sandwich, made with Gruyere cheese and ham served on crustless bread and fried in butter, can be still be found in France and parts of Switzerland. Sometime between 1930 and 1960, the more traditional American version of the Croquet Monsieur began appearing in cookbooks in the United States under variations of the names French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, and French Toasted Cheese Sandwich. It is believed the first Monte Crisco sandwich was served in Southern California in 1950. The Monte Crisco sandwich made its mainstream debut in 1966 when it was served in the Tahitian Terrace and Blue Bayou restaurants in the New Orleans's Square in Disneyland. The Monte Cristo's popularity spread from there and can be found at café's and sandwich shops all over the country.