Copycat Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwiches? Oh, come on, you must have known this was coming when you read my post on The Blue Bayou restaurant in Disneyland where I raved all about that sandwich!
I have been meaning to re-create the Disneyland delight since we got home from Disneyland but of course, I was waiting to write all about my experiences once the new site design was done.
Now that Project Redesign Magpie's Site is done, I going to teach you how to make the Blue Bayou Monte Cristo that the Cajun restaurant in Disneyland is famous for!
The first step was to create a sweet batter, as the batter they use at The Blue Bayou is NOT a savoury one at all! You need to have some sweetness to it to counter the meat and cheese inside, otherwise you are not getting the real deal. I sat there while eating it and mentally picked apart the batter, tasting the sweet twinge to it, knowing that sugar was definitely an ingredient. If you don't use a sweet batter, you are not going to get anything close flavor-wise. It might still be good, but not great!
The second was to figure out how to get all that goodness inside…well, to stay on the inside! While I really think that the Monte Cristo at the Blue Bayou doesn't have bread as much as it has all batter, I'm going to use some white bread to give us that same effect.
These are as close as you can get to the real thing, without actually eating them at Disneyland!
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- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 8 slices Swiss cheese
- 8 slices turkey
- 8 slices ham
- 8 slices Texas style white bread or any square formed white bread
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil for frying
- powdered sugar raspberry jam for dipping
Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, combine the milk and egg thoroughly.
Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and combine until there are no lumps. The batter should be fairly runny, yet still thick enough to stick to the sandwich. If needed, add a teensy bit more milk.
Make the sandwiches by layering a slice of Swiss cheese, then the 4 meat slices, then Swiss cheese, top with the remaining slice of bread. Putting cheese on either side of the meat ensures a beautiful melty goodness when you are done! Leave the sandwiches whole for frying, as you lose the cheesy goodness inside otherwise. Only slice them after they are cooked up!
Place a toothpick on each corner of the sandwich.
Dip the whole sandwich in the batter, covering the surface completely and fry in 340 degrees Fahrenheit oil until golden. The Texas toast will take longer to heat up the inside, thus the lower frying temperature. If you are using normal bread, you can go up to around 360 degrees Fahrenheit for frying.
Remove and drain on paper towels.
Remove the toothpicks and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. If you want the real Disney deal, dip your sandwich in raspberry jam!
When you are done, you are going to have one amazing looking sandwich, like the one pictured below.
I used Texas toast because it is so perfectly squared – easier to batter and fry up- but any white bread that is a square shape will work as well. Decide at the start if you want thin or thick bread and go from there.
Slice that beauty in half and dust with icing sugar if you want. (Dusted with icing sugar is how Disneyland does it)
Mike prefers them without the icing sugar, so this was his sandwich and when I say “his”, I actually mean “his half” . These are crazy rich sandwiches, I didn't even finish the one I had in Disneyland! We made two sandwiches for a family of four to share and it was plenty!
The Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwich! From my own little kitchen! What a treat this was to recreate my favorite Disneyland sandwich!
Make sure to dip it in raspberry jam just like they serve it in Disneyland!
What is your favorite food from Disneyland? I will be exploring Disneyland Dining more in the next few months since I took tons of photos this last trip, most of them concentrating on the food at Disneyland for a change of pace. I explored a few food spots in both theme parks this past trip and will be exploring more come our Christmas Disney cruise and subsequent trip to Disneyland again.
Yes, I just said Disney Cruise! We are going to be on a cruise ship for Christmas this year, surrounded by Disney everything! Eeeek!
I think I just squealed a little bit with excitement! No, I definitely did.
What an exciting winter this is going to be!
I really hope you all try this recipe, at least once! Let me know if you do!