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Monte Cristo

Looking for an old fashioned Monte Cristo recipe? This copycat of the Disney Monte Cristo tastes every bit as good as the theme park’s famous sandwich.

Wooden cutting board with half a slice of monte cristo sandwich (turkey, cheese, ham). Deep fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar and a side of raspberry jam.

This month marks the 18th anniverary of my first date with my dear husband! Both of us were servers at a local Bennigan’s restaurant.

I have so many fun memories of working there, but many of my memories of Bennigan’s revolve around the food. Especially their Monte Cristo sandwich. Yum. 

What is a Monte Cristo? 

You take a perfectly healthy turkey and ham sandwich, batter it up, deep fry it, coat it in powdered sugar, dip it raspberry jam, and eat it before you have a chance to second guess yourself.

The Monte Cristo is a spin on French croque-monsieur (fried ham and cheese sandwich) and has Cajun origins.

Is it the healthiest sandwich in the world? Definitely not, but what’s life without a little indulgence, right? 

Monte cristo sandwich cut in half on a wooden cutting board with a side of raspberry jam.

For years, I thought of the Bennigan’s Monte Cristo as the best Monte Cristo. After all, my husband and I more or less fell in love over these sandwiches. 

Then, I tried the Monte Cristo at Disneyland.

The Blue Bayou restaurant in the park is famous for its Cajun fare and especially their Monte Cristo. The sandwich lives up to the hype but while I was eating it, I couldn’t help but think that I was pretty sure I could create a copycat recipe with a little experimentation.

The Monte Cristo recipe I’m sharing today is the happy result of that experimentation. To get it just right, I was forced to make several fried ham, turkey and cheese sandwiches (I know, I know, it’s a tough life).

My husband certainly had no complaints about helping me taste test them all! 

This sandwich simultaneously savory, salty and sweet with a crisp exterior. The inside is perfectly balanced with meat and gooey cheese.

A light dusting of powdered sugar brings everything together to make this one of the most delicious sandwiches I’ve ever made. 

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Steps for making a Monte Cristo

STEP 1. Prepare the Bread

Stack three slices of bread on top of each other and cut off crusts on all four sides. Do the same for the remaining 5 sandwiches.

STEP 2. Assemble the Sandwiches

On first slice of bread, layer turkey with one slice of American cheese. Top with a slice of bread, a layer of ham and one slice of provolone cheese. Complete the sandwich with a slice of bread. Repeat for remaining 5 sandwiches.

STEP 3. Wrap the Sandwiches

On lightly floured surface, open one package of Crescent rolls. Stretch and roll the dough until it is nearly twice the size. Cut 3 strips from the dough. Wrap one sandwich in one strip of dough.

Wet fingertips to wet the seams and pinch them together. Repeat with last two strips, then repeat with second package of dough until all 6 sandwiches are covered.

STEP 4. Fry

In a large skillet, heat canola oil (about 1 inch deep) until very hot. Working 3 sandwiches at a time, place them flat side down in oil. They should brown in 1-2 minutes.

Flip all sandwiches until all sides are browned. Remove from oil and repeat for remaining sandwiches.

Tip for Frying: To check if your oil is hot enough, sprinkle a little flour into the pan first. If it sizzles right away (without smoking), you’re good to go. Keep an eye on the Monte Cristo as they’re frying and adjust the heat as needed. 

While sandwiches are hot, sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve and dip in jam. Raspberry jam is my preferred accompaniment for Monte Cristo but it would also be good with blackberry, strawberry or boysenberry preserves. Enjoy! 

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Yield: 6 servings

Monte Cristo

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Looking for an old fashioned Monte Cristo recipe? This copycat of the Disney Monte Cristo tastes every bit as good as the theme park's famous sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf wheat or white bread (18 slices)
  • 2 pkg Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (or the new sheets works better)
  • 1/2 lb thinly sliced turkey
  • 1/2 lb thinly sliced ham
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • cooking oil
  • Raspberry jam (for dipping)
  • Powdered sugar (to garnish)

Instructions

  1. Stack three slices of bread on top of each other and cut off crusts on all four sides. Repeat for remaining 5 sandwiches.
  2. On first slice of bread, layer turkey with one slice of American cheese. Top with a slice of bread, a layer of ham and one slice of provolone cheese. Complete the sandwich with a slice of bread. Repeat for remaining 5 sandwiches.
  3. On lightly floured surface, open one package of Crescent rolls. Stretch and roll the dough until it is nearly twice the size. Cut 3 strips from the dough. Wrap one sandwich in one strip of dough. Wet fingertips to wet the seams and pinch them together. Repeat with last two strips, then repeat with second package of dough until all 6 sandwiches are covered.
  4. In large skillet, heat canola oil (about 1 inch deep) until very hot (sprinkle of flour should make it sizzle). Working 3 sandwiches at a time, place them flat side down in oil. They should brown in 1-2 minutes. Flip all sandwiches until all sides are browned. Remove from oil and repeat for remaining sandwiches. While sandwiches are hot, sprinkle with powdered sugar, serve and dip in raspberry jam. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1401mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 4gSugar: 26gProtein: 30g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published May 3, 2011. Photos updated February 2016.

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Posted on March 4, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Made these this evening–YUM! They turned out great! Much easier and better than other attempts with a batter. Thanks!

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