Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Monte Cristo Sandwich
Paul Poplis/Photolibrary/Getty Images
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches (4 servings)

Monte Cristo Sandwiches are made with ham, two kinds of cheese, and thinly sliced chicken. They are dipped in a batter similar to one used to make French Toast, dipped into a crushed cereal mixture, then grilled to crisp perfection.

These fabulous sandwiches are a real treat, and they're easy to make. Traditionally they are grilled in large amounts of butter, and you can make them that way. But try them on a George Foreman grill for all the crunch and less fat.

Serve these sandwiches with a fruit salad or a green salad for a nice lunch or dinner.

What You'll Need

  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 pound deli ham (thinly sliced)
  • 4 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli turkey or chicken breast
  • 4 thin slices Provolone cheese
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon safflower oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal (finely crushed)
  • For Serving:
  • powdered sugar
  • strawberry jam

How to Make It

Spread one side of each bread slice with the Dijon mustard. Make sandwiches with the two kinds of cheese and the ham and turkey slices.

In a shallow bowl, combine the egg, milk, and oil, and beat well until combined. Place the crushed cereal on a shallow plate.

Dip each sandwich briefly into the egg mixture, then dip the sandwiches into the cereal mixture to coat.

Grill the sandwiches in a dual contact grill or panini grill or waffle iron until they are crisp and brown and the cheese has melted, about 3 to 4 minutes total.

If you want to grill the sandwiches in a pan, add about 1/4 cup butter and let it melt in the pan. Grill the sandwiches, turning once, in the hot butter for about 3 to 4 minutes per side until they are crisp and golden.

Sprinkle the hot sandwiches with the powdered sugar and serve with the strawberry jam for dipping.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
753 Calories
50g Fat
17g Carbs
58g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)