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A turkey, ham and cheese sandwich served between 2 slices of French toast, dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam.

Monte Cristo Sandwiches from www.tasteandtellblog.com

I took a break from the kitchen this past weekend. Besides a salad and some breakfast for dinner, I didn’t do any cooking. Although I love to cook, it is sometimes nice to take a break from the ordinary. Today was a rough day as well, so I was looking for something easy to make for dinner. I have been talking about making Monte Cristos for Josh for a long time now, so I decided that tonight would be the night.

I have to admit – I actually have no idea what goes into a real Monte Cristo. All I know is that one day, my brother came home after living away from the house and made these wonderful sandwiches. At first, I thought – powdered sugar and raspberry jam on a sandwich with meat?? But I fell in love at first bite. I have since had them at a few restaurants where they were deep fried, but it seems to me like the constant ingredients (and most important, in my opinion) are the powdered sugar and raspberry jam. Most that I have eaten have had ham, turkey and swiss, but since Josh is not a fan of swiss, I did ham, turkey, provolone and some gouda. They turned out quite nicely!! No recipe for this one – I just dip the bread in an egg/milk mixture, pile in the fillings, and grill until brown and toasty. Then serve with powdered sugar and raspberry jam. An easy, filling, and easy dinner!!

**Update** Recipe added May 2012 **

Monte Cristo Sandwiches
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A turkey, ham and cheese sandwich served between 2 slices of French toast, dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam.
Serves: 4 sandwiches
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 4 slices deli turkey
  • 8 slices swiss or provolone
  • powdered sugar, for serving
  • raspberry jam, for serving
  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  3. Lay the slices of bread out. Put one slice of cheese on 4 of the slices of bread. Layer 1 piece of ham and 1 piece of turkey on 4 of the pieces of bread. Top with another piece of cheese, then another piece of bread.
  4. Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, then onto the hot skillet. Cook, turning once, until the sandwich is browned on both sides and the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and with jam for dipping.


Original photos from 2007

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10 Responses to Monte Cristo Sandwiches

  1. Meeta says:

    An intriguing combination – I like the pairing of savory and sweet. The pics are great too!

  2. Cheryl says:

    I really do like this combination of flavors too. I may need to try this one day for lunch.

  3. Lis says:

    I heart these sammiches. But I always forget about them! Thanks for the reminder and the fabulous photos.. we’ll be having these this week for dinner now!

  4. Kristen says:

    This looks like a flavorful sandwich!

  5. Brilynn says:

    My roommate introduced me to scrambled eggs with jam. I didn’t think that would work either, but then I tried some and I loved it!

  6. Freya and Paul says:

    I’ve never seen this before – I must give it a go!

  7. Lis says:

    Deborah – DUH! It was YOUR blog (I’m SUCH A DORK) that gave me the craving! I should have made them like you did.. just dipped in a egg batter and fried. They look and sound so much better than mine. =)


  8. Julie says:

    I was just thinking about a monte christo the other day. It has been ages since I have had one. I use to always order this when we went out for lunch.
    Looks wonderful

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