Open-Faced Monte Cristo Clubs

Aired October 12, 2010

8 slices good quality bacon
1 tablespoon EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 leeks, trimmed, cut into slices an inch thick, washed and dried
Salt and pepper
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon hot sauce
About 1/3 cup whole milk
4 hand-cut thick slices good quality white bread
Butter, for griddle
4 deli slices baked ham
4 deli slices good quality turkey breast
4 slices heirloom tomato or beefsteak tomato
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese or 4 slices Emmenthaler Swiss cheese
1/3 cup dark Amber maple syrup
1/2 cup grainy Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 350F. Place bacon on cooling rack set over a baking sheet or on a slotted broiler pan. Bake until crisp, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat EVOO, a turn of the pan, in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and saut to soften, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and reserve.

Remove bacon from oven and switch on broiler. Heat a nonstick or cast-iron griddle over medium heat.

Whisk together the eggs, hot sauce, milk, some salt and pepper. Soak bread in eggs. Butter the griddle and cook bread until golden.

Arrange the cooked toast on a baking sheet. Top each with 1 slice of ham and turkey then top with some leeks, a slice of tomato, crossed strips of bacon and some cheese. Place under the broiler until cheese is melted and golden, 1-2 minutes.

Mix syrup and mustard together and serve in ramekins alongside the sandwiches.

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