This sandwich is to die for. For those of you who are going to attempt it I must warn that these puppies are as addicting as crack. A monte cristo sandwich is like a funnel cake with meat inside. It's all the food you love at a carnival rolled up into one delectable fried piece of awesomeness! I know you might be thinking, "powdered sugar...on a meat sandwich...fried?" But fear not. When you take the first bite you'll be a believer.
1 quart of oil for frying (approximate)
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 slices white bread
4 slices Swiss cheese (I also enjoy provolone on these)
4 slices turkey
4 slices ham
1 tablespoon of confectioner's sugar
Heat 5 inches of oil in a deep-fryer to 365 degrees. While oil is heating, make the batter. To do that, whisk together the egg and water. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk into the egg mixture until smooth. Place in the refrigerator. Assemble sandwiches by placing one slice of turkey on one slice of bread, a slice of ham on another, then sandwich them with the Swiss cheese in the middle. Cut sandwiches into quarters and secure with toothpicks. Dip each sandwich quarter in the batter so that all sides are coated, then deep fry in the hot oil until golden brown on all sides. Remove toothpicks and arrange on a plate. Dust with confectioner's sugar and serve with raspberry preserves.