The tipsy Monte Cristo

Nothing quite beats a ham and cheese sandwich – ours gets a boozy jam twist that will have you craving them morning, noon and night!

30 minutes                                   

Makes 6                      (+ 2 cups jam) 


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Berry jam: 

  • 1 cup (250ml) water 
  • 1½ cups (375ml) frozen mixed strawberries and raspberries 
    ½ cup (100g) sugar 
  • Juice (80ml) and grated peel of 1 orange 
    ⅓ cup (80ml) vodka or water 


  • 1 loaf PnP ouma bread or ciabatta, cut into 12 slices (about 2cm thick) 
  • Melted butter, for toasting 
  • ½ cup (125ml) cream cheese (optional) 
    1 packet (125g) Black Forest ham 
  • 12 slices emmental cheese 
    Icing sugar, for dusting 



  1. Combine jam ingredients, except vodka, in a saucepan. 
  2. Simmer over medium heat until berries break down and mixture thickens, 12-15 minutes. 
  3. Add vodka or water and simmer for another 5 minutes. 
  4. Set aside to cool. 
    Brush bread slices with butter and toast on both sides until golden. 
  5. Spread cream cheese on one slice and layer with ham and 2 slices emmental cheese.  
  6. Top with about 2 Tbsp jam. 
  7. Close sandwich with remaining toast and dust with icing sugar to serve. 


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