Monte Cristo sandwich

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Monte Cristo sandwich
Monte Cristo Sandwich-1.jpg
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBread, ham, cheese (Emmental or Gruyère), egg batter

A Monte Cristo sandwich 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 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.[6] The Monte Cristo is sometimes covered in powdered sugar and served with maple syrup or preserves.

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  1. ^ a b c d Stradley, Linda. "History of Monte Cristo Sandwich". What's Cooking America. Archived from the original on 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  2. ^ Stall, Sam; Lou Harry; Julia Spalding (2004). "The Monte Cristo Sandwich". The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures: 1,001 Things You Hate to Love. Philadelphia: Quirk Books. p. 179. ISBN 1-931686-54-8. OCLC 57123463.[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ "What is a Monte Cristo Sandwich?". WiseGeek. 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. ^ Olver, Lynne. "Food Timeline FAQs: sandwiches". The Food Timeline. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  6. ^ "Bennigan's Monte Cristo Sandwich – make this famous sandwich at home". Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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