Monte Cristo sandwich

Monte Cristo sandwich
Type Sandwich
Place of origin United States
Main ingredients Bread, ham, cheese (Emmental or Gruyère), egg batter
Cookbook: Monte Cristo sandwich  Media: Monte Cristo sandwich

A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich, a variation of the French croque-monsieur. In the 1930s–1960s, American cookbooks had recipes for this sandwich under such names as "French Sandwich", "Toasted Ham Sandwich", and "French Toasted Cheese Sandwich".[1] Swiss cheese is typically used.[1][2][3]


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

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 Stradley, Linda. "History of Monte Cristo Sandwich". What's Cooking America. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  2. Stall, Sam; Lou Harry; Julia Spalding (2004). "The Monte Cristo Sandwich". The Encyclopedia Of Guilty Pleasures: 1,001 Thing You Hate To Love. Philadelphia: Quirk Books. p. 179. ISBN 1-931686-54-8. OCLC 57123463.
  3. "Wisegeek: What is a Monte Cristo Sandwich?". Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  4. Zaballos, Nausica. Mythes et Gastronomie de l'ouest américain : sur la route ! Le Square, 2014, p. 27. ISBN 1092217134
  5. "Food Timeline FAQs: sandwiches". Retrieved 2011-01-14.
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