Grilled Ham and Cheese - Roman Style - Monte Cristo

roman grilled cheeseI felt like a grilled ham and cheese sandwich one night, and then remembered reading about Croques Monsieur sandwiches. Never did quite see a recipe for that which caught me eye but I did a Roman Style Grilled Cheese in an old favorite cookbook, Let's Eat In Quick and Delicious Weekday Meals(out of print but available used on Amazon). Theirs had a tomato and fontina cheese and oregano in the egg mix. I wanted pure simple and tomatoes are out of season so...

This is a cross between grilled ham and cheese and French toast. Finishing it off in the oven makes sure the cheese is good and melted.

for 2 sandwiches:

Assemble the sandwiches by spreading mustard on each slice, then topping a two pieces of bread with cheese, then ham, then more cheese. Top with the other slices of bread.

Mix together eggs and milk in a flat dish.  Put a sandwich in the egg mix for 15-20 seconds per side so it can soak up a bit of the mix.

Heat a frying pan and a pat of butter while the sandwich sits in the egg mix. Preheat the oven to 300.

Cook each sandwich a few minutes on each side, adding a pat of butter before flipping so each side gets some butter.

When the bread has lightly browned on each side, put the sandwiches onto a baking sheet and then put them into the oven and bake 5-10 minutes, flipping once halfway through, so that cheese is totally melted.