Monte Cristo Sandwich - the Real One

Monte Cristo Sandwich - the Real One


"This is the real Monte Cristo sandwich. It has a nice thick batter and is absolutely delicious. Enjoy hot sandwich with currant jelly or make a currant sauce with currant jelly, water and heavy cream."

Ingredients 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 282 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 282 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 16.7 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.2g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 9.9 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 625 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat 5 inches of oil in a deep-fryer to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C). While oil is heating, make the batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper; whisk into the egg mixture until smooth. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. Assemble sandwiches by placing one slice of turkey on one slice of bread, a slice of ham on another, then sandwich them with the Swiss cheese in the middle. Cut sandwiches into quarters, and secure with toothpicks.
  3. Dip each sandwich quarter in the batter so that all sides are coated. Deep fry in the hot oil until golden brown on all sides. Remove toothpicks and arrange on a serving tray. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.
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This is a fool proof recipe, but I agree with Vange's suggestions. This recipe can be very successfully accomplished in a pan with clarified butter. I like the results better than deepfrying, and the flavor is so much better. I might also suggest using eggbread, because it looks so beautiful on the plate when you're finished. I love strawberry preserves with mine along with the powdered sugar.


I'm not a big grease fan and to some that might be the best part of this sandwich. I cooked the first two sandwiches according to the recipe. To no surprise the grease took over the flavor. As a result, I decided to eliminate the grease for the rest and lightly coated the pan. I cooked it like I would a grilled cheese. The sandwich was DELICIOUS and my mind was put at ease b/c I was not clogging my arteries. I also used Hawaiian Bread and dipped them in blackberry jelly.


Excellent sandwich for students to make with extra stuff lying around the house. Subed Old Cheddar for Swiss and fried it in a pan with just a little margarine, like french toast. Absolutely amazing.