Monte Cristo Sandwich

Who remembers the Monte Cristo Sandwich at Bennigans? It was layers of deli meat, battered and deep-fried, then served with raspberry jam for dipping. The beloved sandwich was a fork and knife meal, both sweet and savory, a total guilty pleasure.

I was thrilled to find a less-guilty version (if there is such a thing) that bakes in the oven. Not only does it absorb less oil, but it makes less of a mess than trying to pan fry it on the stove. One neighbor tried it and told me it reminded her of the Monte Cristo served at the Pirates of the Caribbean Restaurant at Disneyland.