Monte Cristo: Not Your Ordinary French Sandwich


What to do with all of those Easter leftovers? My suggestion are sandwiches, but let’s make this one memorably delicious. Monte Cristo? Yes! Let’s turn French toast into a sandwich to remember, shall we?

People have strong opinions about the Monte Cristo sandwich, a double­decker of Swiss cheese, ham, and chicken or turkey, battered, fried, and dusted with confectioners’ sugar, served with jelly on the side. Some consider it a marvel; others, an absurdity. Whatever else it may be, the Monte Cristo is a stunning creation, requiring careful assembly and, at the table, a knife and fork.


¼ cup milk

2 eggs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 5 tbsp.

unsalted butter, softened

6 pieces thinly sliced white bread

4 thin slices cooked turkey

4 thin slices cooked ham

4 thin slices Swiss cheese

Confectioners’ sugar, to garnish

Red jelly or preserves, for serving


Lightly beat milk and eggs in a shallow bowl. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. For each sandwich, lightly butter 3 slices of bread on both sides (using about ½ tbsp. of butter for each sandwich). Place 2 slices each of turkey and ham between 2 slices of bread. Top each with 2 slices of cheese, and then top with third slice of buttered bread. Trim crusts, secure with toothpicks, and cut in half on the diagonal. Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a 12″ nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dip sandwich halves in milk mixture to coat. When butter foams, place sandwiches in skillet and fry until golden brown on bottom, about 2 minutes. Add remaining 2 tbsp. butter to skillet, turn sandwiches, and fry until browned on other side, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to plates, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, and serve with jelly.


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  1. I have wanted to make this for years! I remember having it as a favorite when I was a kid! Yumm!

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