For many years my family had annual passes to Disneyland & California Adventure Park. We live close by, so we took advantage of being able to go at least once a week. It was great fun. Often times we'd just zip in, ride a few of our favorite rides and then head home to hit the homework. But other times, we'd spend several hours there, enjoying dinner at one of the wonderful eateries in the parks.
My personal preference has always been The Blue Bayou, located in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Not only is Pirates one of the coolest rides ever, the ambiance of the restaurant shares in the coolness.
It's dark, and cavernous, lit by hanging lanterns and serves a top notch menu whether it's lunch or dinner.
Ohhhhh, the Monte Cristo is simply amazing. It's a sandwich, full of shaved turkey and ham, stuffed with gooey Swiss cheese and quickly deep fried in a French Toast type batter. Refer back to 'it's simply amazing.'
As the kids grew up and school & sports became more demanding, we stopped renewing our annual passes, and I found myself missing my beloved Monte Cristo.
Then one day I was gifted with an old Disneyland Kitchens Cookbook, and lo' and behold...there was MY SANDWICH. Thank you Jesus, and Mary(Sullivan).
Here's the real low down on the Monte Cristo and how it goes together. It may not be the fastest sandwich to assemble, but trust me when I tell you, it's worth the effort--and the recipe makes 4, so feed the family or treat three of your best girlfriends to a fantastic lunch.
And PS, we renewed our park passes last month and we're loving visiting once again.
...Here I come Blue Bayou.... until then...
Mickey's Famous Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Put water, egg, salt, pepper & food coloring in a large bowl. Use a mixer and mix well at low speed.
Add flour & baking powder and mix until batter is smooth.
Chill batter while you make the sandwiches. This is enough batter for 4 sandwiches.
(pictured below is one sandwich--quartered--recipe makes 16 of these "quarters")
Make 4 sandwiches, or as many as desired. Cut into 1/4's and put a toothpick through each quarter.
Heat 6 inches of oil in a fryer to 340 degrees or do it in a large saucepan until very hot, but not smoking. Dip sandwiches into chilled batter covering all surfaces.
Deep fry sandwiches until golden brown, turning as needed and watching always. Remove from oil, take out toothpicks, sprinkle sandwiches with powdered sugar and serve with blueberry syrup for dipping.
* I use a small, heavy saucepan and fry my sandwich quarters individually. I personally find they cook very quickly and it seems easier to deal with them one at a time.