The first Monte Cristo sandwich I remember eating was for lunch at a bar/grill called Mycroft’s in Huntington, WV when I was in graduate school. I was immediately hooked after the first savory and sweet bite. Years later, the college where I taught started offering them as a lunch special every few weeks. The cook, Ben, made very similar Monte Cristo sandwiches, but they were not quite the same. In fact, I noticed that each diner/restaurant where I have had a Monte Cristo since has made them just a little different. Some were double deckers; some were singles; some where grilled; some were deep fried; some were with just ham….I am sure you more than get the idea.
Other than my expanding waist-line after graduate school, I am not sure why I never made my own Monte Cristo sandwiches until recently. They are easy to make and very tasty.
I did not make the double-decker sandwich to save some calories…they were way too much even when I was super skinny. It still is not a low-cal sandwich.
I like my sandwiches served with maple syrup; my husband likes the syrup and hot pepper jelly; a server at a diner once told me that it was not a Monte Cristo unless it was served with strawberry preserves…how you serve them also depends on your personal preferences/taste.