Count of Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo Sandwich

While this book was one of my favorite adventure stories in my youth, I can promise you that The Count never ate the sandwich that bares his name! This delightful sandwich was created in the good old USA – in Texas in the 1920s and was popular well into the 1960s.

It is now coming back into favor and you will see it on menus and on buffet tables. Basically, it is a ham and cheese (often with turkey as well) sandwich, dipped in an egg batter and deep fried, dusted with powdered sugar and served with strawberry preserves!

It is a great meal for brunch or even dinner! Your kids will love it … the young and young at heart!

Monte Cristo Sandwich

  • 9 slices whole wheat bread
  • 3 slices cooked turkey (your favorite flavor)
  • 3 slices Swiss cheese
  • 3 slices cooked ham (your favorite flavor)
  • 3 slices mild cheddar cheese


  • 1 egg
  • 1 to 1-1/4 c water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1-1/2 c flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Place 1 slice each of turkey and Swiss cheese on 1 slice of bread; place 1 slice of ham and cheddar on a 2nd set of slice of bread and place the 3rd in between making a triple deck sandwich. Place toothpicks at each corner to hold sandwich together. Repeat to make 2 more sandwiches.

Place egg in mixing bowl. Add water and beat together. Add salt, sugar, flour and baking powder and continue beating until smooth with no lumps. Heat vegetable oil to 375 in deep fry pan or dutch oven.

Dip each sandwich into batter until well coated, covering all sides and edges. Carefully place in hot oil and fry until golden on each side. (Turn only once.) When golden, remove with slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. Let cool for a few minutes, then remove toothpicks, cut into quarters, dust with powdered sugar and serve with fruit and preserves. Serves 3.

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