The parks are closed, but that can't keep us from bringing theme park magic into your home. To help keep Theme Park Insiders connected to the magic, I'm starting a new feature today — Social Distancing Kitchen, in which I will show you how to make some of your favorite theme park dishes at home.
We start today with Disneyland's classic Monte Cristo. This is the official recipe from Disney and makes four sandwiches, though a half sandwich might be enough for one serving. They're filling!
1 3/4 cups water
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 t salt
1 t baking powder
8 slices challah or sourdough bread
8 slices ham
8 slices turkey
8 slices Swiss cheese
3 cups canola oil
Fruit preserves (I use Knott's "Berry Market" Boysenberry preserves, in the spirit of theme park solidarity)
Heat the oil in skillet to 375F. Be careful to leave enough room so that the oil will not spill over when you add the sandwiches to fry.
Whisk the egg and water together in a large mixing bowl, adding the flour, salt, and baking powder. Whip to smooth and bubbly - about three minutes.
Place a slice of ham, a slice of turkey, and a slice of cheese on a slice of bread, topping with a second slice of bread. Cut the sandwich diagonally.
Dip a sandwich half into the batter then place it carefully in the oil, taking care not to splatter the hot oil. Then place a second sandwich half if you have room. Turn up the burner to keep the oil temperature up, as it will drop significantly when you add the sandwiches.
Fry for about three minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Drain sandwiches on paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool. Once you can touch them, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve with preserves.
A very skeptical Laurie held the camera while I did the video above, but even she agreed to try one of the sandwich halves after I finished. And she declared the Social Distancing Kitchen Monte Cristo delicious. See, theme park magic really can happen at home!
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