Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich

Classic Monte Cristo sandwich

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
423 Calories
26g Fat
6g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 259mg 86%
Sodium 442mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 38g
Calcium 363mg 28%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Monte Cristo sandwich is a classic French toast-style sandwich. Now you don't have to wait for a trip to a local diner to get your craving fulfilled. You can make your own! The sandwich filling is a combination of sliced ham, turkey or chicken, and cheese, along with mustard or mayonnaise. The assembled sandwich is battered in an egg mixture and then it's browned on both sides.

You can use sliced, boiled or baked deli ham and turkey or leftover sliced ham in the sandwich. While the classic cheese is gruyere or Swiss, feel free to try other favorites such as Havarti cheese. The bread should be a sturdier sandwich bread with even slices and same sized pieces. Pre-sliced white bread will work, just don't overfill your sandwich. Choose whatever mustard you like best. Dijon is, of course, the classic for this sandwich, but you could opt for a grainer mustard, honey mustard, or any combination of mustards. 

For a more complete meal, serve this sandwich with a cup of tomato soup or a fresh, bright green salad. You'll want a slightly acidic dressing to balance the richness of the sandwich. Or serve the sandwich as is or alongside a handful of potato chips. If you have leftover sandwiches, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator. The Monte Cristo can be reheated in a warm oven (be sure to place it on a baking sheet since the cheese will likely melt and drip) or in a hot pan on the stove. ​

Ingredients

  • 18 slices of bread
  • Butter (to taste)
  • 6 slices ham
  • 6 slices turkey (or chicken)
  • Optional: mustard (to taste)
  • Optional: mayonnaise (to taste)
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese (or Gruyere cheese)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for classic monte cristo sandwich
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  2. For each sandwich use 3 slices of bread. Butter one side of bread first.

    Butter on bread
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  3. Then cover with a slice of ham and a slice of turkey or chicken.

    Ham on bread
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  4. Butter both sides of the second slice of bread and spread with a little mustard or other mayonnaise, if desired.

    Butter on both sides
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  5. Place the bread slice on top of turkey or ham slice and top with 2 thin slices of cheese.

    Swiss cheese on bread
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  6. Butter the third slice for top; press sandwich lightly and trim crusts.

    Cut crust off
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  7. Cut each sandwich into halves diagonally and secure with toothpicks.

    Cut into triangles
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  8. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with milk and salt.

    Beat eggs with milk
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  9. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add butter to coat the pan.

    Heat a skillet
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  10. Carefully dip the sandwich halves into the egg mixture. 

    Egg in sandwiches
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  11. Brown the sandwiches on all sides, adding more butter to the pan when necessary.

    Toast the Monte Cristo sandwich
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  12. Remove toothpicks before serving and serve immediately while still hot and crispy.

    Remove toothpicks
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  13. Pair with homemade French fries, a side salad, and a pickle, and enjoy!

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