Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Monte Cristos

Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Monte Cristos
  • 4Servings


  • 12 slices good-quality bacon
  • 8 slices good-quality peasant or round-loaf french bread
  • 1/2- 3/4 pound extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 golden delicious or gala apples, cored and very thinly sliced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • A little freshly grated nutmeg
  • Butter, for greasing
  • Warm maple syrup, for drizzling


Bake the bacon on a broiler pan or a rack set over a baking sheet at 375 degrees until just crisp, about 20 minutes. Arrange 4 slices of bread with some cheese and the apples on top. Beat the eggs with the milk (or half-and-half) and a little nutmeg. Heat a large griddle pan over medium heat. When ready, arrange 3 slices of bacon on each sandwich and top with a little more cheese and 4 more slices of bread. Coat each sandwich in the egg batter. Grease the griddle with butter and griddle the sandwiches until deep golden on each side and the cheese has melted. Halve the sandwiches and drizzle with a little warm syrup.