5 from 3 votes
These copycat sweet-meets-savory Disneyland favorite Blue Bayou Monte Cristo Sandwiches are made with rich challah bread stuffed with ham, turkey and cheese, then fried, dusted in powdered sugar, and dipped in jam!  Perfect for brunch or dinner!
Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

These copycat sweet-meets-savory Disneyland favorite Blue Bayou Monte Cristo Sandwiches are made with rich challah bread stuffed with ham, turkey and cheese, then fried, dusted in powdered sugar, and dipped in jam!  Perfect for brunch or dinner!

Course: Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 768 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
Ingredients
Batter
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
Sandwich
  • 8 slices challah bread, 1/2-inch thick
  • 2/3 pound sliced deli ham
  • 2/3 pound sliced roasted turkey
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 3 cups canola oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Raspberry or blackberry jam
Instructions
  1. In an 8x8-inch baking dish, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whick together the eggs, water and milk, then add to the flour mixture. Whisk thoroughly until smooth and no lumps of flour remain, then set aside.
  2. On each of 4 slices of bread, arrange one slice of ham, turkey, and swiss. Top with the remaining bread slices, then using a sharp knife, slice each sandwich in half on the diagonal. You may wish to insert toothpicks to hold everything together until the sandwich is fried.
  3. Heat oil over medium-high heat to between 365-375 degrees. If the oil starts to smoke, turn the temperature down. Working carefully, dip half of each sandwich into the prepared batter, lift out and allow excess batter to drip off, then lower gently into the hot oil. Repeat with the other half of the sandwich. Work in batches and do not crowd the pan.
  4. Cook in the oil for about 3 minutes, then flip and cook the other side of the sandwich for another 3 minutes, until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Gently remove each diagonal sandwich half from the hot oil using tongs and set on a paper-towel lined baking sheet. Place in a warm oven until ready to serve. Repeat the process with the remaining three sandwiches, frying each sandwich one at a time and allowing the oil temperature to come back up between each batch.
  6. When ready to serve, dust each sandwich with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry or blackberry jam on the side.
Recipe Notes

I like using either Black Forest ham or ham-off-the-bone, sliced a little thicker than normal at the deli counter.

Nutrition Facts
Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 768 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 185mg 62%
Sodium 2077mg 87%
Potassium 643mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 45g 90%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Calcium 35.4%
Iron 25.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.