Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

Learn how to make the perfect Monte Cristo sandwich

Monte Cristo Sandwich
Monte Cristo Sandwich
Todd Coleman

People have strong opinions about the Monte Cristo sandwich, a double-decker 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. —Carolynn Carreño, from "Fried Nirvana?" (April 1998)

Monte Cristo
A double-decker of Swiss cheese, ham and turkey, battered, fried, and dusted with confectioners' sugar, the Monte Cristo has inspired many lively debates.
Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

  • 14 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 currant jelly, for serving

Instructions

  1. 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 12 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.
  2. 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.