The ultimate Hatfield® Ham Monte Cristo Sandwich

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With Easter around the corner you will most likely need creative ways to use leftover ham. How about serving Monte Cristo sandwiches made with delicious Hatfield Ham for Easter brunch? I couldn’t think of a more crowd pleasing and delicious sandwich for brunch. The Monte Cristo sandwich is a decadent sandwich that is insanely delicious.

What is the monte cristo sandwich you ask? It is simply a sandwich made with with ham, swiss cheese slices, dipped in an egg mixture and fried in a little butter. I like to think of it as a upgraded grilled cheese sandwich. It is rich and is the ultimate comfort sandwich.

How to make a Monte Cristo Sandwich

Making this sandwich is easier that you would think. The name makes it sound fancy and complicated but just follow these steps and you’ll be golden. 

First, you will need good quality ingredients; especially the ham as it is the star of the dish. You may have noticed from previous posts that I love to cook with Hatfield products. Hatfield pork products are high quality, full of flavor and simply delicious. I also like that they are a family owned, American made company that uses ethically raised meat. You can tell they take a lot of pride in their products. If you follow a gluten free diet you will be happy to know Hatfield is gluten free!

 For this recipe I used the classic Ham Steaks which are very versatile. You can use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Ham steaks are super convenient as they come fully-cooked and are sliced perfectly. You could grill them and have them with mashed potatoes and gravy. Another way would be to cut the hame into small peaces and mix them in a breakfast hash or even a creamy pasta dish. Using Hatfield products like the Ham steaks certainly makes meal time easy, fast and brings out my creativity in the kitchen. 

In addition to the ham you will need fresh eggs, good quality swiss cheese and white bread. This is not the kind of dish were whole grain bread will work, white bread simple gives the best results for this recipe.

Now the fun part. Layering the ingredients. The order in which you layer the ingredients is important. Start with bread, mayo, cheese, ham, then bread, mayo, ham, cheese and bread. The cheese is strategically placed to bind the sandwich.

Next step is to beat 2 eggs, with 2 tbsp half & half, paprika, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Dip the the sandwich into the egg mixture and cook in a pan with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil. Cook on both sides till golden brown

Where to find Hatfield Products

Hatfield products can be found at Stop and Shop, Hannaford, Acme, Shoprite, Giant Carlisle, and many more stores. Just head to the meat department in the ham section. Learn more at Hatfield.com

Hatfield Ham Store in store photo.

Print Recipe
The ultimate Monte Cristo Sandwich with Hatfield Ham.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 Hatfield Ham Steaks
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 10 Slices Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Half and half
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 Hatfield Ham Steaks
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 10 Slices Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Half and half
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Beat 2 eggs, with 2 tbsp half & half, paprika, nutmeg and vanilla extract.
  2. Spread each slice of bread with the mayo and mustard mix. start layering the sandwich with the bread, mayo, cheese, ham, then bread, mayo, ham, cheese and bread.
  3. Dip the the sandwich into the egg mixture and cook in a pan with 1 tbsp butter ad 1 tsp olive oil. Cook on both sides till golden brown

Black White and pearls

I mentioned a while back that at my day job we have a very casual dress code which is good sometimes especially for mornings when you are in a rush. However I am someone that likes to dress up so casual attire is not my cup of tea. For that reason whenever I get invited to a formal event I go crazy because I rarely get the opportunity to dress formal. Today’s look is black, white and pearls. A very classic combo that always works.


Outfit details:

Black top with pearl sleeve detail (Similar) : Dazzle Flair Boutique

White Tuxedo Pants: Zara

Shoes : Nine West


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Bacon and Cheddar Fries Recipe

It’s cheat meal day and on cheat days I go big. This month I decided to make some Bacon and Cheddar fries for Saturday lunch. Topped with sharp cheddar cheese, green onions and spicy jalapeños, they are the ultimate indulgence and absolutely delicious.

I love this recipe because it is fast, flavorful and fantastic. I also like that it is finger food that you can totally eat as a meal too. I like to serve them with sour cream on the side but you can use ranch if your prefer. If you were to serve these for your guests on game day you will be guaranteed some very happy guests. They are just that good. Toppings can be anything you want and check out more options.

Raw Bacon
Freshly shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon and Cheddar Fries

There are so many different toppings you can use for cheese fries. See more topping ideas including vegetarian options below.

5 Toppings for cheese fries:
  1. Chili and cheese: Top fries with hearty chili sauce and cheese sauce.
  2. Bacon and Blue cheese: Switch cheddar with blue cheese for a unique and delicious flavor.
  3. barbecue pulled pork and cheddar cheese. The sweet and smokey flavor of the pulled and the cheese is a insanely delicious combination.
  4. Beans, cheese and salsa: This is a tasty vegetarian topping option that doesn’t sacrifice on taste.
  5. Spicy Lentils and cheese: Another delicious vegetarian option that tastes just as great.

Love these bacon and cheddar fries? I’m sure you will also love my Kale, egg and cheese quesadilla recipe too.

Print Recipe
Bacon and Cheese Fries Recipe
Course Brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bag Super Crispy Crinkle Cut
  • 4 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips Bacon Chopped
  • 2 medium Green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Course Brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bag Super Crispy Crinkle Cut
  • 4 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips Bacon Chopped
  • 2 medium Green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bake or air fry crinkle-cut fries according to package (about 23 minutes on 400 degrees). Add salt and pepper after they are cooked. In the same oven crisp the bacon on a tray. Once cooked allow to cool, and chop.
  2. Layer fries in a cast iron pan and top with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapeños and green onions. Broil for 2 minutes until cheese is melted.

Sweet Bakery: Good Eats Boston

The Good Eats Boston feature of the week is the pretty fabulous Sweet Bakery shop in Boston. I recently found out about this place and I’m in love. Sweet Bakery is a great place to go when you owe yourself a sweet treat or for those days when you need a pick me up.

Girl Eating cupcakes
Sweet Bakery to go box

Sweet Bakery is a cute store that is located right in Boston’s downtown crossing area which makes it easily accessible. As you may have noticed, I love stores that have great product but also have pretty and unique ambiance. Sweet Bakery doesn’t disappoint with both. The store is very pretty, decorated with bright and wall-papered walls, little flower vases on the tables and super cool pink princess-like upholstered chairs. You will love the seats right by the window which are perfect for people watching.

There are plenty of cupcake flavors to choose from. I chose a chocolate and coconut flavor cupcake which were both perfect. The cakes are soft and fluffy while the frosting is packed with flavor and not overly sweet. The ratio between cake and frosting is done right. They also serve cookies and other pastries which is great. For all the vegans out there you will be happy to know Sweet has vegan options too.

I really can’t find anything negative to say about this place except it would be nice if they served the cupcakes on a dessert plate rather than a paper plate for eat in guests. However that’s just me and my pickiness, I just detest paper plates and cups as I feel they should only be used for people ordering items to go.

Good Eats Boston: Sweet Bakery
Good Eats Boston: Sweet Bakery. Pink chairs
Good Eats Boston: Sweet Bakery cupcake

The saying, You can’t buy happiness but you can buy cupcakes is one I totally agree with. There is something about eating a cupcake that brings joy and a feeling that all is right with the world, even for just a few minutes. If you live in the Boston area, I highly recommend Sweet Bakery. They also have locations in Chestnut Hill and Harvard Square. For more info, visit Sweetcupcakes.com

In the mood for something more savory, check out the last good eats Boston restaurant By Chloe

What to wear to a early spring date

Your girlfriends or honeybun have invited you for lunch in the city new hottest spot. It’s only the beginning of spring and still cold outside, what do you wear? It certainly can’t be sweatpants and converse snickers or a swanky cocktail dress. Cool weather can be hard to dress for especially if you don’t want to look over or underdressed. I have just the look that will work for this occasion.

Chunky sweater and black pants

The easiest choice is a pair of black skinny pants, a cozy stylish sweater and heels. Why these three? First, black cropped skinny pants add a certain polished feel to an outfit, you can’t go wrong with them. A cozy stylish sweater provides warmth which is your number one goal and also makes you not look too overdressed. The heels don’t need an explanation, they give instant elegance and style to the look. If you are having a nice spring day, go for pointy toe heels. However if it is too cold outside, opt for some sleek knee high boots. Throw on some simple accessories like a chunky bracelet, a big faced watch, a hat and you are good to go.


Outfit details:

Chunky Sweater (Similar) : Top Shop

Black Mid-Rise Jeggings: Target, Hat (Similar) : Forever 21

Shoes (Similar): Amazon

Jacket (Similar) : Vero Moda


sweater and black pants
What to wear to a winter date

Since it will still be chilly outside you will need a warm jacket. Fitted wool coats are my go to when I need to look dressed up or smart and casual. A down coat or hoodie would be too casual for this look. Another option is a stylish jacket like this leather jacket with faux fur lining that I am wearing. The point is too look smart but not over or underdressed.

Black leather jacket with faux fur lining and skinny jeans

So there you go! A simple and cute early spring weather outfit that you can rock for lunch or even a dinner date. What do you like to wear for chilly nights out? I would love to get more ideas from you in the comment box below. If you are looking for more style inspiration, check out my burgundy in the city style post.

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