Monte Cristo sandwich

A Monte Cristo sandwich is an egg-dipped ham and cheese sandwich that is pan or deep fried, 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]

Monte Cristo sandwich
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Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBread, ham, cheese (Emmental or Gruyère), egg batter


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.[2] Regional variations[1][3] 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 battered and the assembled sandwich heated slightly under a grill or broiler.[1] Some restaurants serve a variation that is batter-dipped and deep-fried.[4] 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. ^ Zaballos, Nausica. Mythes et Gastronomie de l'ouest américain : sur la route ! Le Square, 2014, p. 27. ISBN 1092217134
  3. ^ Olver, Lynne. "Food Timeline FAQs: sandwiches". The Food Timeline. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  4. ^ "Bennigan's Monte Cristo Sandwich – make this famous sandwich at home". Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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