oh-so-delicious cordons bleus

ralph (as seen in a self portrait above) is a good eater. i remember the times we worked together we always ate. most of the time we had a box full of those "celebration" chocolates with us. and it only took us about an hour to empty it. so whenever he and michael are over for dinner, i know i can dish up something quite nourishing. something like a cordon bleu. i love this recipe, because -again- its so easy to make and perfect to prepare before your guests arrive. i never serve potatoes or fries with it, like everybody else does. i think a cucumber salad with loads of dill or just any green salad make a perfect match with this oh-so-delicious piece of meat!
PS: excuse the small piece of meat on the picture. we were so hungry, it took us seconds to eat it all up!


4 steaks (veal or beef, about 160g - tell the butcher to prepare them for cordon bleu!)
8 slices of ham
4 slices of gruyere
salt & freshly ground pepper
2 eggs, whisked
loads of fine breadcrumbs (put your stale bread in a mixer!)
butter and olive oil, to fry

wrap the cheese in the ham - make a neat little parcel. put into prepared steaks and press the edges well, so the meat sticks together (i also use wooden sticks to make sure it closes well). season generously with salt and pepper.
coat steaks with the flour, then the whisked eggs and cover very well with the breadcrumbs.

heat oil and a piece of butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. fry cordons bleus on each side for about 5-6 minutes until golden and the cheese has melted inside.
serve immediately on a warm plate.