Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

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  • 2
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes
  • 20 minutes

"Have you ever tried a Monte Cristo sandwich? I feel like this is the boss of toasted cheese sarmies. Popularised in southern California, everything about it is just naughty! It’s a ham and grilled cheese, but it’s also dipped in egg and fried. And then it’s dusted with icing sugar, and often drizzled generously with maple syrup. The real stuff. So, to say it’s indulgent is to state the obvious. But it’s a baddie that you’ve gotta fry, I mean try, at least once. I put mozzarella in every grilled cheese because you want to get that oozy cheese pull. I’ve paired it up with one of my faves – nutty, sweet mature Cheddar from Barbers, England. You can use any bread, but I chose Woolies’ crushed wheat sourdough, which is especially good for this. I used beechwood-smoked gypsy ham, which you can really replace with anything, bacon maybe, or just more cheese!" – Khanya Mzongwana


  • 4 slices Woolworths crushed wheat sourdough bread
  • 8 slices smoked gypsy ham
  • 150 g Woolworths Farmhouse mature Cheddar, grated
  • 100 g Woolworths Ayrshire mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 50 g butter
  • maple syrup, for drizzling
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Cooking Instructions


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1. Place 2 slices of bread on a board and top with the mozzarella, Cheddar and four slices of ham per sandwich. Close the sandwiches and carefully dip them in the egg.

2. Heat the butter in a pan. Fry the sandwiches until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted.

3. Place the sandwiches on a plate and dust with icing sugar and drizzle with a bit of maple syrup. Enjoy warm.

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Photography: Shavan Rahim
Videography: Romy Wilson

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If you're anything like our deputy food editor Khanya Mzongwana, you're obsessed with uniqueness and food with feeling. Cook her family-tested favourites, midweek winners and her mouth-wateringly fresh takes on plant-based eating.

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