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Copycat Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwiches? You bet!  I going to teach you how to make the Blue Bayou Monte Cristo Sandwich that the Cajun restaurant in Disneyland is famous for!

 Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwich
Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwich

How to Make a Monte Cristo Sandwich

I have been meaning to re-create the Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwich 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.

  1. 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.
  2.  Place a toothpick on each corner of the sandwich.
  3.  Dip the whole sandwich in the batter, covering the surface completely and fry in
    340 degrees Fahrenheit oil until golden.
  4. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  5.  Remove the toothpicks and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Why is is Called a Monte Cristo?

Apparently it was Disneyland that first called this sandwich the Monte Cristo. This sandwich is super close to the  French Croque Monsieur which is another famous sandwich that everyone enjoys. From the 1930’s-60’s you could find this sandwich in cookbooks listed as a “French Sandwich”, “Toasted Ham Sandwich”, and “French Toasted Cheese Sandwich”.

The first step was to create a sweet batter, as the batter they use at The Blue Bayou is NOT a savory 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

 Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwiche

These are as close as you can get to the real thing, without actually eating them at Disneyland! 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!

 Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwiche

Ta-daaa! 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? Make sure to read my Disneyland Food Bucket List, it has all the great things you need to eat!  I really hope you all try this recipe, at least once! Let me know if you do!

Love,

Karlynn

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Copycat Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwiches

How to make copycat Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwiches, the best Monte Cristo sandwich recipe around! 
4.5 from 36 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
American
Servings
4
Calories
707
Author
Karlynn Johnston
Keywords
monte cristo, monte cristo sandwich

Ingredients

Sweet Batter Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Monte Cristo Sandwich Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and egg thoroughly. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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! 

  5. Place a toothpick on each corner of the sandwich.

  6. 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. 

  7. Remove and drain on paper towels. 

  8. Remove the toothpicks and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. If you want the real Disney deal, dip your sandwich in raspberry jam!

Recipe Notes

This really is the best when dipped in a sweet jam!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 707kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 153mg, Sodium: 1235mg, Potassium: 690mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 12.3%, Calcium: 75.1%, Iron: 25%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. baba says

    what do you mean it’s not savory. making a sweet batter with powdered sugar on top of MEAT and CHEESE sounds absolutely horrid

    • Moon says

      Why would you give this one star based on sounding ‘horrid’? The actual sandwich, made at Disneyland, isn’t savory. What the author meant was the batter isn’t savory & the sandwich isn’t meant to be savory. It’s the perfect combination of ingredients to copycat the original recipe. Also, you do realize that when you put 1 star it lowers the authors recipe. If you don’t like how it sounds, don’t make it. Don’t put 1 star just because it ‘sounds horrid’

  2. Jim says

    I tried this as soon as I saw it, holy smokes it was delicious, my bread was a little crumbly so instead of dipping the whole thing in the batter, I spooned over just enough to cover each side and flipped it before it could run down the sides. I used some black cherry raspberry and blood orange jelly that I run through my food processor to smooth out the chunky pieces. It was outstanding thank you very much for sharing. I will do this many times over, good Lord willing.

  3. SULLY says

    I just had my very first Monte Cristo at Disneyland , ORLEANS CAFE, last week. Hence my search which led me to this site. They change up the puree occasionally and they served it with blackberry jam.

    I Will be making these for friends and family next week.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

  4. Elle says

    I first fell in love with a Monte Cristo at Walt Disney World at the Polynesian hotel. They would serve it with currant jelly on a banana leaf.

  5. Rosaline Linhart says

    these are the best, we had them about 1978 when we were in Disneyland..

  6. Mary P Hoffman says

    Do they serve it with syrup or preserves? I’ve had it both ways. My fave is with raspberry preserves.

  7. Jeddan says

    Just made these for lunch today! Can’t compare them to the blue bayou version because it has been 9 months since I ate there… but these were awesome. Looking forward to making them again. They were a lot easier than I imagined they would be.

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      Jeddan AWESOME!!! Yes, they aren’t that hard to make and boy, what a treat!

  8. Charlene Harris says

    We love Disney’s Monte Cristos. If you ever go to a Cheddar’s Restaurant, theirs are very similar.

  9. Jennifer McCormick says

    Disney’s Monte Cristo is the stuff dreams are made of. Can’t wait to try this recipe

  10. LeilaniWanderlust says

    I’ve had this sandwich only once, and that’s all it took to fall madly deeply in love with it. I analyzed this sandwich with its cracks and slight crunch on the outside, its dense cakey soft inside, and that tangyness required to balance the sweetness of the the powder sugar dusting and the blackberry preserves. This sandwich is made from an Old Fashioned donut. I’m not sure if its made from buttermilk or sour cream, but I do plan on putting my theory to the test tomorrow.

  11. Elisa Boyce says

    Did u get to little Cuba and try the Cuban sandwich? So good !

  12. Rozanne Stephenson says

    I’m going to make them. I’ll have to serve a berry jam sauce and some fresh fruit. The presentation at Disneyland was amazing

  13. Rozanne Stephenson says

    I am so glad that you posted this. I was at Disneyland in August and had one of these sandwiches and both my hubby and I loved them.

  14. Rosaline Linhart says

    I had one of these way back in 1978 when I took my girls to Disneyland in California….it was memorable and I have never had one that good since.

  15. Laura Van Scoyk-Myers says

    We just got back from Disneyland and actually didn’t eat one of these this time!!\U0001f633\U0001f633 dang it, I must now try this recipe!! Lol

  16. Kelly Matthews Noble says

    I’ve made them and they are awesome!

  17. VSwanson says

    I grew up 1/2 hour from Disneyland and remember my mom raving about the best sandwich she ever had was this Monte Cristo!  As a kid, I never did get to go to the restaurant that made these (it was considered fancy and expensive).  I moved to the Chicago area as an adult and have made my own Monte Cristo’s – but I always wondered about the Disneyland version and how mine compared.  Thank you for posting this, maybe I can make it for my mom when she comes to visit :) 

  18. KG says

    I’m confused. there’s enough bread to make four sandwiches yet it sounds like she only made two…. So two slices of cheese, turkey and ham on each sandwich and make four? Is that correct?

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @KG Hi KG, if you look at the printable recipe where I round up all the correct info (and not just what I did which can be a little scattered) the real recipe is for four people and has all the correct amounts. I did only make two, but that’s why I do a proper recipe at the end for everyone to print!

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @James Lori Shipley These are a must make!! And yes, yummy! Have you eaten them in Disneyland?

  19. Kelly Neil says

    HOLY SHIT THIS SANDWICH IS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. I made one tonight and dipped each bite in dijon. GREAT recipe!

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