Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Ellen Whiteman

Monte Cristo Sandwiches are a delicious and indulgent sandwich made with white sandwich bread, deli ham, deli turkey, and Gruyère cheese. They are dipped in a batter made with all-purpose flour, eggs, milk, and seasoned with granulated sugar, baking powder, and kosher salt. The sandwiches are then fried in vegetable oil until golden and crispy. They are typically served dusted with powdered sugar and accompanied by seedless raspberry preserves for a touch of sweetness.

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🌾 Gluten Free

15 mins

16 mins

Nutritional Value



Total: 13Serves: 4
11/6 cups All-purpose flour
1/8 cup Granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
3 Eggs
3 cups Milk
16 ounces Gruyère cheese

shredded (about 4 cups)

16 slices White sandwich bread
16 slices Deli ham
16 slices Deli turkey
Vegetable oil
1/2 cup Powdered sugar
1 cup Seedless raspberry preserves


Step 1 : Make the batter

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and kosher salt. Add the eggs and milk and whisk until smooth. Set aside.

Step 2 : Make each sandwich

Sprinkle about ¼ cup of the shredded Gruyère cheese over 1 slice of white sandwich bread. Top with 2 slices of deli ham and 2 slices of deli turkey, then sprinkle another ¼ cup of shredded Gruyère cheese over the meat. Place a second slice of white sandwich bread on top.

Step 3 : Finish the sandwiches

Pour 3 inches of vegetable oil into a deep saucepan or Dutch oven. Have ready a wire rack lined with paper towels to use for draining. Heat the oil to 350°F on a deep-fry thermometer.

Step 4 : Fry the sandwiches

Working with 1 sandwich at a time, carefully dip it in the batter, letting the excess batter drip back into the bowl. Slowly lower a battered sandwich into the oil and fry until golden brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the sandwich over and fry until golden brown on the other side, about 4 minutes. Remove the sandwich to the paper towel-lined rack to absorb the excess grease. Repeat to fry the remaining sandwiches.

Step 5 : Add powdered sugar

Using a sifter or fine-mesh sieve, gently tap 2 teaspoons of powdered sugar over each sandwich.

Step 6 : Prepare raspberry preserves

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, stir together the seedless raspberry preserves and 2 teaspoons of water. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, until loosened.

Step 7 : Serve the sandwiches

Serve each sandwich with about 2 tablespoons of raspberry preserves for dipping.

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