Published: April 21, 2014 at 9:53 PMThe Katella Deli a few miles down the street from DL makes a *fabulous* Monte Cristo.
Published: April 22, 2014 at 10:02 AMWell, if you're not living within a short drive of the resort, then whipping up a batter for a few minutes then doing a quick skillet fry is less effort than booking a plane trip or spending a day or two in the car!
By the way, this recipe is delicious and tastes every bit the same as the Disneyland version. Though, yes, it is a rich and deep-fried indulgence. Don't try this every day (or even every week).
Published: April 22, 2014 at 6:02 PMI found another recipe for the Monte Cristo sandwich in "Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs" by Pam Brandon, dated 2004, pg.85. The only differences I saw, other than that it includes the turkey that you omitted, was 1)it only calls for 1/4 tsp salt; 2)it specifies 2/3 pound ham and turkey, cut into 4 slices; 3) it specifies 1/4 pound Swiss cheese, cut in to 4 slices;) it says to serve with blackberry preserves on the side.
Would it be a lot of work to make? If you like to cook, then no, it's not a lot of work. Some of us find cooking to be relaxing, almost therapeutic. Being able to recreate some of the special foods we enjoyed at a Disney park lets us re-experience the special times we spent there. Many if not most of us rarely get to a Disney park. Pulling out one of my Disney cookbooks and recreating the Cheddar Cheese Soup I had at Le Cellier, the Artist Point Berry Cobbler I had for desert at Wilderness Lodge, or the Peanut Butter 'n Jelly shake that my wife let me taste at the 50's Prime Time Café brings back wonderful memories.
Would I want to eat like this every day? No. This is not health food. Not everything has to be health food. Sometimes people need comfort food, with all the calories and carbs, oil and sugar though it might contain.
Published: April 22, 2014 at 7:08 PMNext time I'm at DLR, I will definitely have a Monte Cristo!
The only time I'd ever had one was at Bennigans, and it's been probably 15 years. It was served with some kind of raspberry sauce, so I would imagine similar to the cookbook mentioned above with the blackberry sauce.
I can't recall much about it except the idea of it makes my arteries hurt.
Still....I will definitely have one on my next trip to The Happiest Place on Earth!!
Why oh why doesn't The Most Magical Place on Earth also have Monte Cristos?