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Chef John’s Monte Cristo Benedict


Chef John’s Monte Cristo Benedict

Imagine the best French toast you’ve ever had, combined with the best ham and cheese sandwich you’ve ever had, topped with perfectly poached eggs. You don’t need any Hollandaise because the poached egg yolks are the sauce.

Recipe details
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Additional Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 4
Yield: 4 sandwiches


  1. 2 large eggs
  2. ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 tablespoon white sugar
  4. 1 pinch salt
  5. 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  6. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  8. 4 thick slices day-old French bread
  9. 1 tablespoon butter
  10. 8 thin slices cooked ham
  11. 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  12. 4 slices Havarti cheese
  13. 8 poached eggs
  14. 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, or to taste
  15. 1 pinch kosher salt, or to taste
  16. 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste


Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Step 2

Whisk 2 eggs, cream, white sugar, salt, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and allspice together in a bowl until batter is thoroughly combined.

Step 3

Lay bread slices into batter, one at a time, and let bread absorb the mixture. Turn bread slices in batter until almost all batter has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and melt butter in the hot skillet. Cook bread slices in the hot butter until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer French toast slices to a baking sheet.


Step 5

Lay ham slices into the hot skillet and cook until meat begins to brown, about 1 minute per side.

Step 6

To assemble, place a Cheddar cheese slice on a slice of French toast, top with 2 slices of ham, and lay a Havarti cheese slice over ham.

Step 7

Bake in the preheated oven until French toast pieces are no longer wet, the batter is set, and cheese has melted and begun to brown, about 20 minutes.

Step 8

Place sandwiches on serving plates and top each with 2 poached eggs. Season with kosher salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Facts

651 : Calories
44g : Fat
26g : Carbs
38g : Protein


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