Chef John's Monte Cristo Benedict

Pan-fried French toast forms the basis for a delectable brunch main dish when topped with ham, two kinds of cheese, and perfectly poached eggs for a twist on the Monte Cristo sandwich.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Whisk 2 eggs, cream, white sugar, salt, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and allspice together in a bowl until batter is thoroughly combined....


Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 thick slices day-old French bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 thin slices cooked ham
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices Havarti cheese
  • 8 poached eggs
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, or to taste
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

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