APPLE, CHEDDAR and BACON MONTE CRISTOS
|Just a pinch of powdered sugar makes a pretty finishing touch.|
12 slices center-cut bacon
8 slices White Wheat Bread
4 slices Reduced-Fat Cheddar Cheese
4 slices Fat-Free (or Reduced-Fat) Swiss
2 Golden Delicious or Gala apples, cored and very thinly sliced
3 large eggs; egg whites only
1/2 cup fat free half-and-half
A little freshly grated nutmeg
Non-Fat Cooking Spray
Warm lite or sugar-free syrup, for drizzling
Cook the bacon however you prefer (pan, microwave, broiler, etc) just until crisp. Arrange four slices of bread with one slice of Swiss cheese and the apples on top. Beat the egg whites with the milk (or half-and-half) and a little nutmeg.
Heat a large griddle pan over medium heat and spray lightly with non-fat cooking spray. When ready, arrange three slices of bacon on each sandwich and top with one slice of RF Cheddar cheese and four more slices of bread. Coat each sandwich in the egg batter. Grill the sandwiches until deep golden on each side and the cheese has melted. Halve the sandwiches and drizzle with a little bit of lite, warm syrup.
I remembering ordering Monte Cristos as a young teenager and never being able to eat but half of it. The sandwich was always monstrous; way too much for one serving. Even knowing I was only going to eat half, it didn't stop me from ordering my favorite sandwich. Now that I have this recipe, I know it is possible to recreate those same flavors in a leaner, portion controlled way. With this recipe, believe me, there were no left-overs or waste. The added bonus; the ingredients are common enough that on any given night, I could make this sandwich as a last minute, care-free dinner without having to make another trip to the store. You busy bees gotta love that!
What the nutritional breakdown for this one? Take a look!
CALORIES 904.50 423.50
FAT (grams) 41.35 15.00
CARBOHYDRATES (g) 92.10 46.50
PROTEIN (g) 40.00 30.75
* Per Serving = one sandwich
Want to cut the fat a little more? Try substituting Canadian bacon or thin-sliced deli ham for the bacon.
I hope you enjoy this lean twist on the Monte Cristo. To me, it is the perfect sandwich for those cold, winter days.
NUTRITION FACTS (per serving using light bread & fat free cheddar): 327.75 calories; 8g fat; 47.25g carbohydrate; 24.89g protein; 8.65g fiber