This world has a long history of pig-and-cheese sandwiches. The most famous, I’m sure, is the croque monsieur: a French grilled ham and cheese topped with béchamel. England has their toasties. America has their monte cristos… which is basically a dumbed down croque monsieur that uses an egg mixture instead of béchamel. It’s all fucking great. A perfect go-to if you need some comfort food or a hangover cure or something to take care of those damn munchies.

That’s what the 4/Monte is. Yet another take on the grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Except with bacon (because I find bacon to be superior). I’m using all the basic shit that we had as kids because that’s the stuff we all shun now and forget how stupid-good it all is. White bread. American cheese. Doritos. Yes, Doritos. We’re gonna monte cristo this bitch, but after the egg batter we’re gonna roll it around in Cool Ranch Doritos.

I’m not going to tell you WHEN to make this sandwich… but I will say, you might want to have the ingredients around the house this upcoming Monday (4/20).

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This junk food-take on a monte cristo will KILL your munchies.

the 4/Monte
2 oz. Cool Ranch Doritos, crushed
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp butter
2 slices white bread
2 slices American cheese
5 slices bacon
2 thin slices tomato
2 slices pepper jack cheese
salt and pepper

Pour the crushed Doritos in a bowl. Set aside.

Whisk together the eggs and milk in another bowl, set aside.

Over medium heat, melt the butter into a small skillet.

While the butter is melting, build your sandwich. Bread. American cheese. Bacon. Tomato. Salt and pepper. Pepper jack. Bread.

Hold the sandwich tight and dip both sides in the egg batter. Coat it in the Doritos.

Place in skillet. Cook over medium-low heat for 2-4 minutes per side. I like to use a press to flatten the sandwich a bit. (If you don’t have a press, you can wrap a can of some shit in foil.)

When the Doritos are toasty and the cheese is melty, remove to a plate. Slice. Eat. Repeat.

Fontina has an Ohio heart and Philly spunk. She loves giving you recipes for hearty food, pop-culture puns and a hell of a lot of craft beer. You can find her in the kitchen, at the bar, on Twitter or marathoning episodes of Shin Chan or Bob's Burgers online.

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