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

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When pondering casual chains with the best Monte Cristo sandwiches, two come to mind: Bennigan's and Cheddar's. They are both turkey, ham and cheese sandwiches, battered and crispy on the outside, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with raspberry preserves for dipping. Yes, it probably sounds strange if you've never had one, but monte cristo alums know it all tastes really 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, was I able to get a taste of Cheddars' signature version of this famous sandwich.

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

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  • 6 to 10 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 6 slices white bread
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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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