Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

We all know people like them, or at the very least have been distracted by them. They’re the people who are so civilized that they refuse to eat any sort of foodstuff without a knife and fork.

Color Palette

Much like Hot Tea, the first thing I drew was Monte Cristo’s face. Of course the sketch evolved a lot once I moved over to Illustrator, but at first glace I knew she was one of those knife and fork people. When deciding what she would eat I really wanted it to be something far from the kind of food a dainty lady would eat. I thought about a burger at first because that’s a silly thing to eat with a knife and fork, but ultimately I decided on a Monte Cristo Sandwich. It’s savory, served with sweet jam and really greasy. Honestly a knife and fork is probably a smart idea, kind of like eating pizza covered in that glistening, translucent liquid, but who eats pizza with a knife and fork?! People like Monte Cristo do.

In the event you’ve never heard of such a sandwich let me give you a list of the ingredients:

  • 8 slices firm bread (a hearty French or Challah), sliced ½-inch to 1-inch thick
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted + 1 tablespoon for cooking
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces sliced Virginia ham
  • 8 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded

You can find the full recipe which includes melting butter and frying at Brown Eyed Baker. And yes I did choose the recipe by Google Image search, because just look at that thing.