Monte Cristo Sandwich

Copycat Disneyland’s Monte Cristo Sandwiches! Yummy swiss cheese, turkey, and ham on white bread, fried & topped with powdered sugar—making it an irresistible sweet and salty dish everyone loves.

If you know me at all, you know how much I love Disney. And especially, how much I love Disney’s FOOD! I have a few Disney copycat recipes on the site, including hand-dipped corn dogs, mint juleps, and Dole Whips! This recipe is another favorite.

monte cristo sandwich cut in half and stacked on a white plate

a disneyland copycat

We love to go to Disneyland as a family, and not only to enjoy the fun rides and atmosphere, but also to enjoy the food. We love trying all the different goodies they have there, and one of our favorites is the Monte Cristo Sandwich that you can get at Cafe Orleans and Blue Bayou in Disneyland.

So, what is a Monte Cristo Sandwich? A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich that is a variation of the French classic Croque Monsieur sandwich. It’s more savory than sweet but with the powdered sugar on top it does have a bit of sweetness that takes it to the next level. It’s often served with a raspberry sauce to enhance the sweetness.

With or without the sauce, this sandwich is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It’s definitely on our “must-have” list when we visit Disney. And fortunately for you guys, they’re so easy to make!

How to make a Monte Cristo sandwich

How to Make a Monte Cristo Sandwich

Like I said, these sandwiches are very easy to make. They can be made in a deep fryer or in a pan with oil, and call for some basic ingredients. Here is how you make them:

BATTER. To make batter, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, mix water and egg. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and blend thoroughly.

ASSEMBLE. Make sandwiches, placing 1 slice of cheese between 1 slice of turkey and 1 slice of ham. Cut sandwiches in half and put in a toothpick to hold the sandwich together.

FRY. Dip in batter and fry in 360 degree oil until golden. Drain on paper towels. Remove toothpick and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Can a monte cristo be fried in an air fryer? Yes, an air fryer is a great alternative. Preheat the air fryer to 350ºF. Line your basket with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Air fry for 8-10 minutes. Flip the sandwich and fry for another 8-10 minutes. Remove and enjoy!

Monte cristo sandwich dipped in batter

Raspberry Dip

There’s a really tasty raspberry dip that goes with these Monte Cristo sandwiches. It might sound crazy, but the sweet and savory combo is divine. Here’s how it’s made!

In a saucepan add:

  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Mix, then add 2 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries. At this point, add more sugar to taste if you want it sweeter. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

monte cristo on a plate

TIPS AND VARIATIONS

Variations. We haven’t really tried other variations of this recipe, but it would be easy to do. You can use different meats and cheese to change it up. At Cafe Orleans, they even serve an all cheese version which is so good and would be easy to do. Just layer several more slices of cheese instead of meat!

Freezing. Like most foods the Monte Cristo sandwich is best eaten right away. However, you can safely freeze it for 1-2 months to use later. Wrap each sandwich individually with plastic wrap then cover with aluminum foil. Label the contents, include the date.

To eat: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the plastic wrap then rewrap the sandwich in the foil. Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. Remove the foil and broil the sandwich for 1-2 minutes on each side to get crispier crust. Top with powdered sugar and jam.

Reheat. If you have any leftovers, store the sandwiches in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. We don’t recommend using a microwave to reheat. Use the stove top, toaster oven, or standard oven instead.

close up of a fried monte cristo sandwich

Now, I must warn you… it’s hard to eat more than 1 or 2 of these sandwiches because they are deep-fried and a little heavy, but they are so extremely good!! I’m anxious for you to try them out… especially if you’re already a fan of the Disneyland goodies. 🙂 Let me know what you think if you give them a go.

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Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Copycat Disneyland’s Monte Cristo Sandwiches! Yummy swiss cheese, turkey, ham on white bread, fried & topped with powdered sugar!
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 445 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 6 Swiss cheese slices
  • 6 Turkey slices
  • 6 Ham slices
  • 12 white bread slices
  • vegetable oil
  • powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • To make batter, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, mix water and egg. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and blend thoroughly.
  • Make sandwiches, placing 1 slice of cheese between 1 slice of turkey and 1 slice of ham. Cut sandwiches in half and put in a toothpick to hold the sandwich together.
  • Dip in batter and fry in 360 degree oil until golden.
  • Drain on paper towels. Remove toothpick and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Your recipe is awesome 🙂 but just wanted to tell you and others that Disney happily shares its recipes. I’m not sure if they do it online but I know while dining in the Magic Kingdom a few years ago I asked for a recipe of what I was eating and within two minutes was handed a printout of recipes of the entire meal!

  2. Please tell me the nutrition facts are for all six sandwiches (or all 12 half’s) OR just a funny joke.
    I’m still gonna make them, cause YUM!, but those numbers are blowing my mind.

  3. 5 stars
    I love that your’s is the only recipe that fry’s the sandwiches already sliced in half. That’s the original way!

  4. 5 stars
    I have always wanted to try these at Disneyland, but never have…now I know I’ve been missing out! I am so glad I can make them at home. the powdered sugar on these, gives a sweet & delicious taste!

  5. 5 stars
    You will love the warmth and gooEyness of this sandwich. It kind of just melts in your mouth. It has a little crust on it after its deep fRied with a dusting of powdered sugar.

  6. 5 stars
    This is such a great classic sandwich. All of these flavors combine so well together. I haven’t made it in a long time. It’s time for sure!

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