I have a crazy diet, as you may recall, that can be very strict but is for my own good. Yet, every now and then, I eat something against my better judgement. For The Judgement tarot card I wanted to share with you all one of my craziest creations, a delicious abandonment of judgement.
Two of my favorite sandwiches are the Cuban Medianoche (the Spanish word for “midnight”) and the American Monte Cristo (inspired by the French Croque-Monsieur).
I call this a Minuit sandwich. (Minuit is French for “midnight”, and is pronounced meen-wee.) This sandwich is the unholy union of the two — a deep-fried cubano made with French toast.
Makes: 1 sandwich
French toast slices
3 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
3 slices brioche or challah bread
4 slices ham
4 slices roast pork, or some shredded pork
2 slices cheddar cheese, or favorite cheese
Oil, for deep frying
Powdered confectioners sugar, for dusting (optional)
1/4 cup strawberry jam (so not optional)
- Skillet or griddle
- Medium-sized bowl
- Deep fryer, or a large pan or Dutch oven
- Candy/Frying thermometer (if your fryer doesn’t have temperature settings)
- Heat your skillet over medium heat, and grease it with a pat of butter or some non-stick spray.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Dip the sliced bread in egg mixture and coat both sides well. Save the remaining egg mixture for later.
- Grill the soaked bread in the skillet, one at a time, to a golden brown on both sides.
- Set the French toast aside and remove skillet from the heat.
- Pour your oil into your fryer, filling to about 2 or 3 inches deep. Bring your fryer up to 400°F.
- Make a sandwich with the French toast, layering as follows: French toast, cheese, ham, French toast, pork, cheese, French toast.
- Slice the sandwich diagonally twice into four triangular pieces. Stick a toothpick into each sandwich wedge to ensure they stay together.
- Dip each wedge into the remaining egg batter, then carefully submerge into your hot oil. Fry each wedge until golden brown all around, about 15 to 20 seconds max.
- Dust each piece with powdered sugar, if desired.
- Serve with a side of strawberry jam.
Feel free to experiment with breads, batters, and jams. I used a cinnamon loaf once that made a wonderful version of this sandwich.
You can use whatever oil you like for frying, but I find that peanut oil works best as it can tolerate the high heat.
Do not skip the jam. You could use a different jam if you prefer, but don’t skip it. This sandwich tastes like a really rich medianoche without it. However, WITH the jam, this ascends to tasting like a jelly roll wrapped around a medianoche. Sounds weird, I know, but I fell in love with it immediately. Also, share this sandwich. It really is too big for one person. You can exercise a little judgement however in that case.