Chile Relleno Monte Cristo

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    Are you ready to have your mind blown with the BEST grilled cheese sandwich there ever was? Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is going to do it for you.

    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and fried  Monte Cristo style. #montecristo #chilerelleno www.savoryexperiments.com

    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and fried  Monte Cristo style.

    Double the crunch, double your pleasure! Remember those gum commercials? Kudos to the advertising agency that still has that slogan stuck in my head 20+ years later.

    Chile Relleno style recipes have been one of my most popular genres, basically any combination of chile, cheese, bread, egg and flour, so I continue to concoct different variations of the same few ingredients.

    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and fried  Monte Cristo style. #montecristo #chilerelleno www.savoryexperiments.com

    I say chile relleno style because none of them are traditional chile rellenos and the haters want to hate, hate, hate. I am here to say that it is okay, haters. I get it. No, this is not a chile relleno, nor am I claiming it to be one. But it is the same genre using the same base ingredients and whether you like it or not, they are delicious!

    Today I married a traditional Monte Cristo sandwich with a Chile Relleno to create a Chile Relleno Monte Cristo Sandwich and it was love at first sight.

    Let’s be honest, anything with green chiles is a “love at first site” for me. Or grilled cheese. Really, how can you go wrong?

    Monte Cristo sandwiches used to be super popular but fell from grace, probably due to two reasons. The first being they are a pain in the butt to prepare. Battering and frying a sandwich with many layers isn’t the easiest task.

    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and fried  Monte Cristo style. #montecristo #chilerelleno www.savoryexperiments.com The second is that people are starting to watch their waistlines a little more and let’s be honest, a towering, fried double sandwich doesn’t fit the bill.

    But I throw caution the wind on the weekends and trade out my salad for something with a little more piazza (and fat) and this weekend, it happened to be my Chile Relleno Monte Cristo.

    This bad boy has double the crunch because I fried it twice. First like a regular grilled cheese sandwich and the second time dredged in flour and egg to produce the Monte Cristo crust.

    Without the first fry, you run the risk of mushy bread on the inside. It also allows the cheese from either side of the crust to melt together which makes for easier handling while dredging.  Lots of cheese and mild green chiles make for a mouthwatering sandwich.

    If you liked this chile relleno style sandwich, check out my other recipes using green chile:

     

    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and fried  Monte Cristo style. #montecristo #chilerelleno www.savoryexperiments.com

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    4.05 from 24 votes
    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and fried  Monte Cristo style. #montecristo #chilerelleno www.savoryexperiments.com
    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
     
    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo is a classic grilled cheese with pepper jack, cheddar and green chile and then battered and fried  Monte Cristo style.
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: chile relleno, monte cristo
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 798 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 4 slices 1/2-inch thick bread I used a round of Italian
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 4 slices cheddar cheese thin
    • 4 slices pepper jack cheese thin
    • 2 green chiles such as Hatch green chile, poblano or Anaheim, seeded and chopped, roasted and skinned*
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 2 eggs lightly beaten
    • Dash of salt
    • Vegetable oil enough to coat the bottom of a large skillet or frying pan
    Instructions
    1. Start by buttering one side of each piece of bread. These will be the exterior sides of your sandwich, lay them butter side down on a plate or work surface.
    2. On one half of the bread, lie 2 slices of cheddar cheese, topped with a thick layer of green chiles and finished with 2 slices pepper jack cheese. Top with another slice of bread, butter side out. Repeat with remaining sandwich.
    3. In a large skillet or frying pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Place both sandwiches, into pan. Press down with a spatula to flatten the bread and sear the butter against the hot surface. When browned, flip and repeat on other side, pressing until brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Reduce oil heat to low, but don't turn it off.
    4. Working at a brisk pace (you don't want your oil to burn), place flour in a shallow dish (or plate) and eggs in a shallow bowl whisked with salt.
    5. Using a fork, carefully dredge both sides of each sandwich in flour and then egg mixture.
    6. Increase oil heat back to medium-high heat and place egg drenched sandwiches in to hot oil. Cook on either side until browned and egg mixture has cooked.
    7. Remove, slice and serve. Enjoy your Double Crunch Chile Relleno Monte Cristo Sandwiches!
    8. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

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    Recipe Notes

    To roast chiles, place on a hot grill in under the broiler until the skin blisters, then place hot, soft chiles into a an airtight bag, close tightly and allow to steam. The skin should easily peel off.
    If you don't wish to use fresh chiles, you can purchase an 8-ounce can whole or diced green chiles, drained and patted dry and skip this step.
    You can order Hatch Green Chiles and other varieties from ChileMonster.com. It is the only site I trust for fresh and flavorful chiles.

    Nutrition Facts
    Chile Relleno Monte Cristo
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 798 Calories from Fat 459
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 51g78%
    Saturated Fat 31g194%
    Cholesterol 302mg101%
    Sodium 970mg42%
    Potassium 194mg6%
    Carbohydrates 29g10%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 2g2%
    Protein 36g72%
    Vitamin A 1580IU32%
    Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
    Calcium 846mg85%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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