Monte Cristo Sandwich

Monte Cristo Sandwich at The Happy Housewife

The following is a post from contributing writer  Kimberlee.

Need an easy but impressive recipe for a family breakfast or Sunday brunch? Try this delicious Monte Cristo Sandwich.

Monte Cristo Sandwich


  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 thick slices Italian bread or other thick sliced white bread
  • 3 tablespoons grape jelly
  • 4 thin slices deli ham
  • 4 thin slices Swiss Cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  1. Combine beaten eggs and milk in a large bowl, mixing well.
  2. For each sandwich, spread a thin layer of grape jelly on one slice of bread.
  3. Top bread with 1 slice ham and 1 slice cheese.
  4. Add second slice of bread to top of sandwich and cut in half.
  5. Heat a skillet on medium heat.
  6. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet, turning the pan to coat the surface entirely.
  7. Dip each sandwich half quickly into the egg mixture and place it in the heated skillet.
  8. Cook for about 1 minute or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  9. Flip sandwich over to brown second side.
  10. Continue with remaining sandwiches.
  11. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 breakfast sandwiches

Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

These would be great with a fresh fruit salad!

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  1. Melanie says:

    This looks yummy! This was my fav sandwich at our local Benigan’s. But it closed. I think I will do what they did and put the jelly on the side and dip it! and use raspberry jelly instead! yum yum!

  2. Sterling says:

    Does anyone remember The Magic Pan restaurant? That’s where I had my first Monte Cristo! Omgosh, it was soooooo delish! This sounds easy enough to make but wonder how The Magic Pan had a crispiness to the bread? Thank you for posting your recipe!

  3. OMG The Magic Pan Monte Christo! That was my first as well. I remember the sandwich being cut in quarters and each quarter was dipped in a batter and deep fried. It was saved with a raspberry jam and sprinkled with icing sugar. Soooo delicious!

  4. Auntie DoDo says:

    The Maic Pan Monte Cristo was dipped in crêpe batter before deep-frying. And I agree it was delicious. The restaurant chain didn’t die because it didn’t offer a quality product, it died because ownership used it as a cash cow. The bread was a yellow (egg?) Texas toast. I still use many of the recipes I learned there as a manager. In general, most are unchanged from what was served at Magic Pan.

  5. This is the original recipe with the grape jelly on the inside.
    So good it hurts. Yum!

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