An easy Monte Cristo Sandwich recipe layered with ham, turkey, and Swiss, then battered and fried in the oven. Dust with powdered sugar for the ultimate breakfast sandwich!
My favorite Monte Cristo Sandwich is a the Blue Bayou restaurant at Disneyland.
Not only do they pile on way too much ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese, but they encapsulate the entire sandwich in batter and fry it like a doughnut.
My version is equally delicious but not quite as insane. And can fry all the sandwiches at the same time (in the oven!) so everybody can eat together.
Why do they call it a Monte Cristo Sandwich?
The Monte Cristo Sandwich closely resembles the French Croque Monsieur. Both sandwiches are made with ham, cheese, and a delicious egg batter.
Americans began making sandwiches similar to the Croque Monsieur from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. The name varied widely from French Toasted Cheese Sandwich to French Sandwich or Toasted Ham Sandwich.
The name “Monte Cristo Sandwich” appeared on the menu at Disneyland in 1966 (at the Blue Bayou restaurant) and the rest, they say, is history.
How do you make a Monte Cristo Sandwich?
Start by layering ham, turkey, and cheese on sandwich bread. I also add a layer of jam on the sandwich although you can serve it on the side if you prefer.
Next, coat the Monte Cristo sandwiches in a creamy egg batter. Fry the sandwiches in oil. While you could fry each sandwich individually in a pan, I like to heat a full rimmed baking sheet with oil in the oven and fry all the sandwiches at the same time.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve with extra jam for dipping.
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Monte Cristo Sandwich
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 6 tablespoons strawberry jam or raspberry jam
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 12 slices hearty white sandwich bread lightly toasted
- 18 thin slices Swiss cheese or Guryere cheese
- 12 thin slices deli ham preferably Black Forest
- 12 thin slices deli turkey
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Whisk together eggs, cream, sugar, salt, dry mustard, and cayenne in shallow dish until combined. Stir jam and Dijon mustard together in a small bowl.
- Spread 1 teaspoon jam mixture on 1 side of each slice of toast. Layer slices of cheese, ham, and turkey over jam on 6 slices of toast.
- Repeat with the second layer of cheese, ham, and turkey. Add final layer of cheese and top with remaining toast, with jam side facing cheese. Using hands, lightly press down on sandwiches.
- Pour oil into rimmed baking sheet, place in oven, and heat until just smoking, about 7 minutes. Meanwhile, using 2 hands, coat each sandwich with egg mixture and transfer to large plate.
- Transfer sandwiches to preheated baking sheet and bake until golden brown on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes per side, using spatula to flip. Remove from oven, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve immediately with remaining jam mixture.
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