Monte Cristo Sandwich

A Monte Cristo sandwich is a “French toasted ham and cheese sandwich”. It has the sweet taste of French toast with the salty flavor of the ham and Swiss cheese to make a pretty divine combination. It’s traditionally served with powdered sugar and a fruit preserve, but there are so many variations of the sandwich that it’s really up to you how you’d like to serve it.

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Monte Cristo Sandwich

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 18 m
  • Total Time: 28 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons half and half
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 slices sourdough white or multigrain bread
  • ounces sliced Swiss cheese
  • 2 ounces slices deli ham
  • 2 ounces sliced deli turkey
  • 1 teaspoon butter melted
  • powdered sugar
  • raspberry jam for serving


  1. Combine the egg, half and half and vanilla extract in a shallow bowl.
  2. Place the bread on the counter. Build a sandwich with one slice of Swiss cheese, the ham, the turkey and then a second slice of Swiss cheese on one slice of the bread. Top with the other slice of bread and press down slightly to flatten.
  3. Pre-heat the air fryer to 350ºF.
  4. Cut out a piece of aluminum foil about the same size as the bread and brush the foil with melted butter. Dip both sides of the sandwich in the egg batter. Let the batter soak into bread for about 30 seconds on each side. Then place the sandwich on the greased aluminum foil and transfer it to the air fryer basket. For extra browning, brush the top of the sandwich with melted butter. Air-fry at 350ºF for 10 minutes. Flip the sandwich over, brush with butter and air-fry for an additional 8 minutes.
  5. Transfer the sandwich to a serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with raspberry or blackberry preserves on the side.
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  1. Hi Chef, I made it and it was delicious, it was very easy, thank you, Kisses for Loulou and Hazel 🥰😍

  2. 5 stars
    We had these for dinner last night and they were soo delicious! Can’t wait to make them again but instead of the sourdough bread I used last night, next time I will try a multi grain. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  3. I want to try this, but can I use parchment paper with holes punched in it instead of aluminum foil ?
    My air fryer arrives tomorrow and I am making fish and chips first, then coconut shrimp, then wings, and then your Monte Cristo recipe. My oven just broke and I am cooking for one, so I got a 6 qt air fryer and I’m going to spoil myself. I’m glad I discovered your site.
    I’ve been researching air fryer Recipes for about a week and your instructions are very clear


    1. Hi Stanka. I would just fry the sandwich in a pan with some butter for about 5 minutes per side over medium heat.

    1. For certain air fryers, it may help to move the food closer to the heating element to get more browning. You could put any oven-safe rack or dish that fits in your air fryer, under the sandwich to raise it up closer to the heating element. You can also try increasing the temperature to 390° to 400°F. Just keep an eye on it during the cooking process to make sure it doesn’t get too dark.

  4. The step by step instructions for the Monte Cristo were not there. I also missed seeing your fur babies that I look forward to seeing in your emails. 😔

    1. Hi Marge, The instructions for making the sandwiches are at the bottom of the recipe. Same with the pups – just scroll down and you’ll see their sweet faces. 🙂

  5. I had a Monte Cristo sandwich at a restaurant many years ago and loved it. I thought it would be hard to make it myself. So happy to see that you posted this recipe. You make it so simple and I thank you for posting it.

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