Monte Cristo sandwich

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Monte Cristo sandwich
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBread, ham, cheese (Emmental or Gruyère), egg or batter
A Monte Cristo from the Blue Bayou at Disneyland

A Monte Cristo sandwich is an egg-dipped or batter-dipped ham and cheese sandwich that is pan or deep fried. It is a variation of the French croque monsieur.

From the 1930s to the 1960s, American cookbooks had recipes under such names as "French sandwich", "toasted ham sandwich", and "French toasted cheese sandwich".[1] The Monte Cristo sandwich supposedly appeared in the 1960s in Southern California, and rose in popularity after the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland began serving it.[2]


In most regions, the sandwich is savory rather than sweet. Traditionally, it is dipped in beaten egg and pan-fried, though it may also be deep-fried.[3] Regional variations[1][4] may include sliced turkey. In some areas of the contiguous U.S. it is served grilled; in others, it is an open sandwich with only the bread egg-dipped and the assembled sandwich heated slightly under a grill or broiler.[1] Some restaurants serve a variation that is batter-dipped and deep-fried.[5] The Monte Cristo is sometimes covered in powdered sugar and served with maple syrup or preserves.

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  1. ^ a b c Stradley, Linda (n.d.). "Monte Cristo Sandwich History". What's Cooking America. Archived from the original on November 10, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  2. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "These Are Hands Down The Greatest Sandwiches Of All Time". YouTube.
  3. ^ Zaballos, Nausica. Mythes et Gastronomie de l'ouest américain : sur la route ! Le Square, 2014, p. 27. ISBN 1092217134
  4. ^ Olver, Lynne. "Food Timeline FAQs: sandwiches". The Food Timeline. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  5. ^ "Bennigan's Monte Cristo Sandwich – make this famous sandwich at home". 4 February 2009. Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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