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monte cristo sandwich dipped in raspberry jam

The Original Monte Cristo Sandwich

A wonderfully delicious and surprisingly light-fried ham, turkey, and cheese triple decker sandwich that is the most tantalizing of meals.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: croque monsieur, Disneyland monte cristo, ham, Monte Cristo, monte cristo sandwich, sandwich, turkey
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 1168kcal
Cost: $1.02 per sandwich

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  • large Dutch oven or other deep cast iron pot for frying
  • long toothpicks or bamboo skewers that have been cut to fit the sandwich
  • Kitchen tongs
  • wire cooling rack


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    Ingredients For The Monte Cristo Sandwich

      for the egg batter

      • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 tablespoon baking powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 1 1/3 cups water
      • 1 large egg lightly beaten

      for the sandwiches

      • 8 ounces sliced smoked turkey breast
      • 4 ounce swiss cheese
      • 8 ounces sliced tavern ham
      • 4 ounce American cheese
      • 12 slices thick-sliced Brioche bread or other Texas toast sized bread
      • **4 to 6 cups vegetable or canola oil for frying **the amount of oil you use will be dependent on the size of the pot you use, but you want the oil at least 4 to 6 inches deep
      • red raspberry or blackberry jam for serving this should be at room temperature
      • powdered sugar for dusting


      The Method

      • Prepare a wire cooling rack by laying paper toweling over the rack in a double layer. Set aside.
      • In a large bowl, sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together.
      • In a separate bowl, whisk the lightly beaten egg and the water together. Add to flour mixture and combine well. Set aside.
      • Make the sandwiches by first laying out 4 slices of the bread. Top the bread with 2 ounces each of one of the meats and 1 ounce each of one of the cheeses. The order is irrelevant. Top each with a second slice of bread. Repeat, topping the second slice of bread with the remaining 2 ounces of meat and remaining 1 ounce of cheese. Cap with the third slice of bread and cut each sandwich in half on the diagonal. Secure each half with at least 2 long toothpicks or modified bamboo skewers.
      • Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven to 360° using a candy thermometer to alert the correct temperature.
      • One sandwich at a time (two halves), dip into the egg batter and coat on all sides well. Fry in the oil until golden brown on all sides. This step will take several minutes per side. Do not crowd the sandwiches.
      • Remove each half using tongs to the prepared wire cooling rack. Repeat, one sandwich at a time, until all of the halves are fried. Remove the toothpicks and cut each half in half again. Now you will have 4 triangles.
      • Assemble the triangles on plates. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar and serve with a side of red raspberry or blackberry jam.


      Serving: 1servings | Calories: 1168kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Cholesterol: 344mg | Sodium: 2693mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1471IU | Calcium: 780mg | Iron: 5mg

      Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.