Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Author: The Caldwells // Category:
12 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
4 slices Swiss Cheese
8 ounces Sliced turkey
4 slices American Cheese
8 ounces Ham

4 egg yolks
2 cups ice water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Heat 8-12 cups of shortening in a large saucepan to 375 degrees (medium heat). You will need the hot shortening to be at least 4 inches deep. Make the sandwich by arranging a slice of bread, then Swiss, then turkey, then bread, then ham, then American, then bread. Make sure the meat is not hanging over the edge of the sandwich. Press down on the sandwich with the palm of your hand to flatten it.
Make the batter by beating the egg yolks. Stir in the ice water. Measure the flour and baking soda into a sifter, and sift the mixture into the ice water and egg yolk. Stir with a large spoon, but do not over mix. You will still have many visible lumps in the batter.
Slice the sandwich in 1/2 from corner to corner. Dip on half of the sandwich in the batter, while holding it together with your fingers (the batter will hold the sandwich together in the shortening). Coat the sandwich well and drop into the oil. Add other sandwiches until the pan if full. Fry the sandwich for 6-8 minutes, turning t over halfway through cooking time. It should be golden brown when done. Remove the sandwich halves to paper towels to drain. Dust the sandwich with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry preserves (optional).
Yields: 4 whole sandwiches

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