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The Perfect Monte Cristo Sandwich: A Classic for Any Meal


The Monte Cristo sandwich is a beloved classic featuring layers of ham, turkey, and cheese between bread slices, dipped in an egg mixture, and fried to golden perfection. Whether enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this sandwich is sure to satisfy with its delightful flavors and comforting texture. Serve it with raspberry preserves for a touch of sweetness that perfectly complements the savory fillings.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (preferably whole or 2%)
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 slices white bread (such as brioche or challah)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices deli turkey
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons strawberry or raspberry jam


  1. Prepare the Egg Mixture: In a wide bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.
  2. Assemble the Sandwiches:
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on 2 bread slices and 1 tablespoon of mustard on the other 2 bread slices.
  • Place one slice of Swiss cheese on each mustard-covered bread slice.
  • Layer each mayonnaise-covered bread slice with 2 slices of ham and 2 slices of turkey.
  • Bring the bread slices together to form 2 full sandwiches. Gently compress the sandwiches using a cutting board.
  1. Cook the Sandwiches:
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture, ensuring both sides are coated.
  • Place the dipped sandwiches in the skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides. Cover the skillet loosely with aluminum foil to help the cheese melt and the egg mixture cook through.
  1. Serve and Enjoy:
  • If desired, sprinkle the cooked sandwiches with powdered sugar.
  • Serve the Monte Cristo sandwiches with a side of strawberry or raspberry jam for dipping.
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Tips and Notes

  • Choose a good-quality white bread that is not too thick or too thin for the ideal texture.
  • Thin-cut deli ham and turkey work best for this sandwich, but feel free to use your favorite deli meats.
  • Customize the cheese to your preference; mozzarella, provolone, Muenster, or Gruyere are great alternatives.
  • Cover the skillet with foil to ensure the egg mixture cooks through evenly.
  • Keep the sandwiches warm in a low oven while preparing multiple servings.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Enjoy this delightful and filling Monte Cristo sandwich any time of day, and savor the wonderful combination of savory and sweet flavors!