A Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe is an upscale grilled cheese with ham, turkey, and Provolone cheese that’s dipped in an egg batter and fried!!!

It’s no ordinary Ham and Cheese Sandwich as I still remember having my first bite in Charleston, South Carolina, on my honeymoon 35+ years ago!

Monte Cristo Sandwich on a white lunch plate.

Why You Must Make

  • When you have time to make something more than a quick sandwich, this cross between a grilled cheese and French toast is worth a few extra minutes.
  • Related to the Croque Monsieur, this over-the-top grilled cheese sandwich makes a delicious lunch or dinner.
  • You can dream of being in Paris where the roots of this sandwich originated at the turn of the last century!

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Milk, Butter, Powdered Sugar
  • White Bread – Can substituted whole wheat sandwich bread
  • Mayonnaise – I prefer Hellmann’s or Duke’s brands.
  • Deli Ham – Sliced, not shaved
  • Deli Turkey – Sliced, not shaved
  • Sliced Provolone Cheese – Can substitute Gruyere if desired.
  • Jam – Optional, to serve. Use any berry jam or fig jam.

How to Make

Recipe Tips

  • Though white bread is standard with a Monte Cristo, use any kind of bread you like to use to make a more classic grilled cheese sandwich.
  • If you prefer, use only ham, only turkey, or another combination of deli meats.
  • Bill did not want mustard on his sandwich so I did not add Dijon to either of ours, just mayonnaise. Feel free to add some mustard to one side of the bread before assembling.
  • Cook until the exterior is nicely browned and the cheese is melted.
  • Slice in half or on the diagonal to serve.
  • Offer a dusting of powdered sugar, berry or fig jam, and a fruit garnish to decorate the plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Monte Cristo sandwich?

My Food Lover’s Companion defines it as “A sandwich made with slices of cooked chicken or turkey, sometimes ham, and Swiss cheese that is dipped in beaten eggs, then sauteed in butter until browned. It’s also considered a variation of the Croque Monsieur, which is a ham and cheese sandwich dipped in beaten egg, and then sauteed in butter. It can be a double or triple-decker sandwich, often with the crusts removed.

Who invented the Monte Cristo?

There is no definitive answer, but it may have originated in Southern California, though it has strong connections to the aforementioned Croque Monsieur which originated in Paris around 1910.

What Do You Serve with a Monte Cristo Sandwich?

Serve this sandwich with fries or chips, a small bowl of fresh fruit, plus ketchup, jam of your choice, and/or Dijon mustard.

Overhead view of Monte Cristo Sandwich on a white plate with a red handled knife.

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Monte Cristo Sandwich on a white lunch plate.

Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 2 sandwiches

A delicious sandwich that's a cross between and ham and cheese sandwich and French toast!


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 slices white or whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ pound sliced deli ham
  • ¼ pound sliced deli turkey
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • Powdered sugar, fig preserves or raspberry jam, to serve.


  1. Whisk together the egg and milk in a pie plate or another shallow dish.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet.
  3. Assemble the sandwiches by smearing one side of the first slice with either mayo or Dijon. Add a slice of cheese, then half the ham, half the turkey, and then the last slice of cheese. Add the second slice of bread spread with either mayo or mustard.
  4. Dip each side into the egg and milk mixture to coat. Do not allow the bread to get soggy.
  5. Cook in the skillet until browned and the cheese is starting to melt. Flip and let the other side brown.
  6. Cut in half to serve. Dust with powdered sugar if desired and serve with jam.


May use Gruyere cheese instead of Provolone and just one of the deli meats if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 960Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 208mgSodium: 2573mgCarbohydrates: 108gFiber: 5gSugar: 75gProtein: 44g

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