The Brainy Gourmet is here....
to show you how to make a gourmet meal on the fly and for little money. To be quick and brainy, a basic pantry stock is what you need to keep and bread can be part of that. However, because bread has a short shelf life it is not something that can be kept in the pantry for long. So, when it comes to bread that is more than two days old what can you do? You can make a quick gourmet meal; take your day old or even two day old bread, and create the most delicious sandwich ever.
If you haven't heard of the Monte Cristo, then you are being introduced. The traditional Monte Cristo is a ham or turkey sandwich that is battered and fried. For a light crispy batter, add 12 ounces of beer, 1 cup club soda water and 1 tbs baking powder to 1 cup cornstarch and 2 cups flour.
Make your sandwich like you would normally (plenty of meat and cheese)... though, do not put fresh tomato or greens on at this point since you will be frying in hot oil. In a large skillet, heat a light variety cooking oil (1inch deep). Batter up your sandwiches, and fry, turning then over to get both sides. Once brown on both sides, transfer the sandwiches to a warm oven and keep going til you have as many as you need.
These simple sandwiches can be made gourmet just by presenting them in a way that they look like something extraordinary. I suggest staking on a plate and drizzling both savory and sweet oils/dressings (i.e.Raspberry Chipotle) over the top and around the plate edges, toss on a sprig of fresh green ~ Exceptionnelle!