And Now For Something Completely Different…
I can not remember how we got on the subject, but a few years back Mr. Food It Yourself and I realized that if you make a Monte Cristo sandwich with SPAM instead of ham you could call it a Monte Python. This weekend, we finally tried them.
In case you have not heard of a Monte Cristo sandwich, it is basically a toasted ham and cheese on French toast. Check out the Wikipedia page for a full run down of this cafe classic. In case you have not heard of Monty Python, I am not sure I can explain them. A bunch of their stuff is on Netflix. Have a binge-watch and get back to me.
I picked up a loaf of sliced Vienna bread, a can of SPAM, and extra eggs from the grocery store. We have plenty of home-made raspberry jam. Only the cheese required some careful thought. Mr. Food It Yourself and I had a long discussion about what type of cheese would be best for this application. Swiss is the traditional Monte Cristo choice, but Mr. Food It Yourself does not care for it, and it is far from my favorite. We considered red Leicester, Tilsit, Caerphilly, Bel Paese, red Windsor, Stilton, Gruyere, Emmental, Norwegian Jarlsberger, Liptauer, Lancashire, white Stilton, Danish blue, double Gloucester, Cheshire, Dorset blue Vinney, brie, roquefort, Pont-l’Eveque, Port Salut, Savoyard, Saint-Paulin, Carre-de-L’Est, Boursin, Bresse bleu, Perle de Champagne, Camembert,Gouda, Edam, Caithness, smoked Austrian, Japanese sage Darby, Wensleydale,Greek feta,gorgonzola, Parmesan, mozzarella, Pippo creme, Danish fimboe, Czech sheep’s milk, Venezuelan beaver cheese, cheddar, ‘Illchester, and Limburger. We decided that good old deli sliced American would be just fine. Mr. Food It Yourself requested the yellow version.
Here is what we did.
The result was surprisingly good, considering I don’t like SPAM. The jam really makes the sandwich. That little bit of sweetness perfectly off-sets the saltiness of the meat and cheese. Mr. Food It Yourself suggested soaking the bread with more of the egg mixture, and I agree that would improve the overall texture of the sandwich. We are most certainly going to make this again.
An interesting point- I was convinced that someone else must have invented this sandwich before we thought of it. Monty Python has been popular (among some of us) for decades. Both Mr. Food It Yourself and I scoured the internet and could not find another Monty Python sandwich like the one we made. We did find this post on the blog Uncle Jerry’s Kitchen for a “Full Monty Python” sandwich. A different variation on the same fandom theme.
So, what is the most pun- based, or fandom inspired food you have tried? Share in the Comments!
What a great post! A split-second after starting to read your list of cheese options, a fond memory came back and that led me to re-watching the famous skit!
Anyhow, I’m actually a fan of SPAM (as well as Monte Cristos) and thus your post is going to lead me to make a similar sandwich shortly. I’m pretty sure I will love it.
I knew from the beginning I had to copy all the cheeses named in the Monty Python skit. My husband and I actually reviewed them when we were trying to decide on a cheese to use. I hope you enjoy the sandwiches.
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