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Cheddar's Monte Cristo copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Cheddar's Monte Cristo


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Menu Description: "Smoked ham, smoked turkey, two cheeses, battered and fried until golden with raspberry preserves and dusted with powdered sugar."

When pondering casual chains with the best Monte Cristo sandwiches, two come to mind: Bennigan's and Cheddar's. At each chain the sandwich is built with turkey, ham, and cheese, then it’s battered and fried, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with raspberry preserves for dipping. It probably sounds strange if you've never had one, but Monte Cristo alums know it all tastes pretty darn great together. I hacked Bennigans' version years ago for my cookbook Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2, and recently, on a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, I was able to get my hands on Cheddars' signature version of this famous sandwich.

I planned for the mission by bringing along a cooler of ice so that I could get a fresh sample safely back home. Once I was back in the lab in Vegas, I subjected the sandwich to a series of tasty tests, burned through several versions of batter, and eventually assembled this new Cheddar's Monte Cristo copycat recipe that I think is even better than my previous Bennigan's hack. The better batter is the big secret here—it's light and crispy and perfectly golden brown, and the sandwich features two kinds of cheese, both white and yellow American. Will this be the best Monte Cristo you've ever had? You’re about to find out.

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  • 6 slices white bread
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Ryan
Jan 13, 2020, 08:51

We asked for the recipe for the raspberry preserves at Cheddar's: 16 oz of raspberries cover with one cup of sugar put in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Take out and mash with a potato masher. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and cook on top of stove at medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove the white foam off top with a spoon. Continuously Stir and do not walk away from stovetop while cooking. Add more sugar for more sweetness. Best served warm you can put leftovers entered fridge.

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