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Hot Ham & Cheese, the French way! Made even more delicious with LouAna® Vegetable Oil.
2 1/2 gallons LouAna® Vegetable Oil
12 pieces hearty country white sandwich bread
6 (1 oz.) slices Gruyere cheese
12 oz. thinly sliced baked deli ham
6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
Pour LouAna Vegetable Oil into a large deep fryer; heat to 375°F. Arrange 6 bread slices in a single layer on a work surface. Place 1 cheese slice on each of the 6 bread slices; top each with 2 ounces ham. Spread 1 tablespoon mustard over each of the remaining 6 bread slices; place bread, mustard side down on ham. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally.
Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a large shallow dish. Combine milk and eggs, stirring well with a whisk. Slowly add milk to flour mixture, stirring constantly until smooth.
Dip sandwiches in batter. Carefully lower 6 sandwich halves into hot oil; fry at 375°F for 1 1/2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, carefully turn each sandwich half over; fry an additional 1 1/2 minutes or until golden. Repeat frying procedure with remaining 6 sandwich halves. Serve immediately.
There are two options when frying the sandwiches. You can take the traditional approach and use propane fryers. They should be used outdoors in accordance with the manufacturer’s safety procedures. Never use them on a wooden deck or leave them unattended. The second option is to use a Masterbuilt® Electric Deep Fryer that can be used indoors on kitchen countertops, tables, inside garages, and on covered patios. Be sure to always keep children and pets away. But either way you choose, always remember:
• Wear oven mitts.
• Avoid use of alcohol and keep a fire extinguisher nearby, as you would with any type of cooking.
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