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Fried, coated in powdered sugar, & served with a raspberry dip, this Monte Cristo sandwich recipe is famously delicious!
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Have you ever had a Monte Cristo sandwich?!
A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich that is a variation of the French Croque Monsieur Sandwich. Its name is a tribute to the French novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.
This sandwich is available at many restaurants, but is also a Disneyland favorites. It is included on the menu at both Café Orleans and Blue Bayou in Disneyland, and is a favorite!
Why we love them:
- The flavor! The sandwich is a delightful combination of savory and sweet. It’s often served with a raspberry sauce to enhance the sweetness.
- Easy. These sandwiches are very easy to make and can be made in a deep fryer, or a skillet with oil.
- Tasty twist. It’s kind of a variation on a traditional Grilled Cheese Sandwich and French Toast.
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- turkey slices
- Swiss cheese slices – I love Swiss, but you could also use provolone, mozzarella, muenster, or gruyere.
- ham slices
- white bread – I use a simple white sandwich bread for this recipe, but you can use challah or brioche.
- vegetable oil – or another high smoking point oil like canola oil or peanut oil
- powdered sugar
How to Make a Monte Cristo Sandwich
- BATTER. Sift together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk 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, put in a toothpick to hold the sandwich together.
- FRY. Dip in egg batter and fry in 360°F oil, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Remove toothpick and add a dusting of powdered sugar.
Make in an air fryer
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. Replace the foil with each sandwich you fry. Enjoy!
This tasty raspberry dip goes perfectly with these Monte Cristo sandwiches. The sweet and savory combo is divine.
- COMBINE. In a saucepan add ½ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, ¼ cup cold water, and 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.
- BOIL. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- SERVE. Spread the sauce onto the inside of slices of bread, add deli ham, turkey, and cheese, or use it as a dipping sauce.
If you’re not up to making the raspberry sauce, use a jar of raspberry jam or raspberry preserves. Just find a way to add raspberry to this sandwich. You will thank me later.
- At Café Orleans, they also serve an all-cheese version, which would be easy to do. Just layer several more slices of cheese instead of meat!
- Add extra flavor by mixing the powdered sugar with a bit of cinnamon.
- Add flavor by spreading Dijon mustard and mayonnaise on the inside slices of bread.
- Prep ahead of time. Assemble the sandwiches, but do not dip in batter. Store covered in the fridge for 1-2 days. Dip in batter and finish the recipe as directed.
- STORE leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. We don’t recommend using a microwave to reheat. Use the stovetop, toaster oven, or standard oven instead.
- FREEZE. The Monte Cristo sandwich is best eaten right away, but can safely freeze for 1-2 months to use later. Wrap cooled sandwiches individually with plastic wrap, then cover with aluminum foil. Label the contents including the date.
- To reheat. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Remove the plastic wrap and wrap the sandwich in 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 a crispier crust. Top with powdered sugar and jam.
Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix egg and water. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and blend thoroughly.
- Stack one slice each of turkey, cheese, and ham, in that order, onto bread and top each sandwich with a second slice of bread. Cut sandwiches in half and put a toothpick in each half to hold sandwiches together.
- In a large pot, heat about 3 inches of oil over medium-high heat to 360°F.
- Working in batches, dip each sandwich half in batter and fry in hot oil until golden, about 3 minutes on each side.
- Drain on paper towels. Remove toothpicks and sprinkle sandwiches with powdered sugar just before serving.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.