I discovered that most bread has a short shelf life. And, I discovered that you can make a quick gourmet meal using up that one or two day old bread - The Monte Cristo Sandwich!
If you haven't heard of the Monte Cristo, then you are being introduced.
The traditional Monte Cristo is a ham or turkey sandwich that is
battered and fried. For a light crispy batter, add 12 ounces of beer, 1
cup club soda water and 1 tbs baking powder to 1 cup cornstarch and 2
Make your sandwich like you would normally (plenty of meat and
cheese)... though, do not put fresh tomato or greens on at this point
since you will be frying in hot oil. In a large skillet, heat your
cooking oil (1inch deep). Batter up your sandwiches, and fry, turning
then over to get both sides. Once brown on both sides, transfer the
sandwiches to a warm oven and keep going til you have as many as you
These little lovelies are a brainy guy's
gourmet. I suggest staking them on a plate and drizzling both savory and
sweet oils/dressings (Smoky Hot Raspberry Chipotle) over the top and
around the plate edges, toss on a sprig of
fresh green. Or, put out a small dish of creamy garlic sauce for
Amazing as in Awesome ~ Exceptionnelle!