Monte Cristo


Monte Cristos are retro in all the best ways.

Monte Cristo
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
2 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

You start with a ham and cheese sandwich that has a generous coating of Dijon mustard, and then dip it in a French Toast-style batter of eggs and milk. Once the sandwich is fried in salted butter (yes, that's right) you dust with powdered sugar and serve dipped in jam. It sounds crazy, but it's totally delicious. Make this for a decadent breakfast or cut into bite-sized pieces for a cocktail party hors d'oeuvre.


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 4 (½ -ounce) Swiss cheese slices

  • 4 ounces thinly sliced deli ham

  • 4 white sandwich bread slices

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

  • Raspberry jam, for serving 


  1. Divide mustard, cheese, and ham evenly between each of 2 bread slices; cover each with a bread slice. Whisk together eggs and milk in a medium bowl.

  2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Dip sandwiches in milk mixture; transfer to skillet, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with raspberry jam.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

516 Calories
29g Fat
32g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 516
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 236mg 79%
Sodium 1188mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 29g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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