Morbid Meals – Minuit Sandwich

MM20EXAMINATION

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.

ANALYSIS

Makes: 1 sandwich

Serves: 2

Ingredients

French toast slices

3 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
3 slices brioche or challah bread

Sandwich fixin’s

4 slices ham
4 slices roast pork, or some shredded pork
2 slices cheddar cheese, or favorite cheese

Assembly

Oil, for deep frying
Powdered confectioners sugar, for dusting (optional)
1/4 cup strawberry jam (so not optional)

Apparatus

  • 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)
  • Toothpicks

Procedure

  1. Heat your skillet over medium heat, and grease it with a pat of butter or some non-stick spray.
  2. 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.
  3. Grill the soaked bread in the skillet, one at a time, to a golden brown on both sides.
  4. Set the French toast aside and remove skillet from the heat.
  5. Pour your oil into your fryer, filling to about 2 or 3 inches deep. Bring your fryer up to 400°F.
  6. Make a sandwich with the French toast, layering as follows: French toast, cheese, ham, French toast, pork, cheese, French toast.
  7. Slice the sandwich diagonally twice into four triangular pieces. Stick a toothpick into each sandwich wedge to ensure they stay together.
  8. 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.
  9. Dust each piece with powdered sugar, if desired.
  10. Serve with a side of strawberry jam.

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DISSECTION

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.

POST-MORTEM

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.

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