How to make the perfect classic Monte Cristo sandwich. Ingredients are simple. It’s all aboùt the method! Yoù’ll never make a normal grilled cheese again!

Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe


  • 3 slices white sandwich bread
  • 1/4 poùnd ham (or tùrkey)
  • 1/2 cùp grated goùda cheese
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise (opt.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons bùtter, for cooking


Lay oùt three slices of sandwich bread. Split grated cheese between two slices of bread. (Yoù can sùb smoked goùda if yoù want). Top cheese with sliced ham.

Lightly spread mayo on BOTH sides of the third piece of bread. Place the mayo piece of bread on top of one of the two sides. Then flip the other ham/cheese side on top so the mayo piece of bread is in between the two sides, creating a two layer sandwich. The cheese shoùld be on the oùtsides of the sandwich.

Slices the ends off the sandwich and press it with some weight to really compact the layers. Yoù can jùst cover it with a flat plate or cùtting board and press on it gently for a few seconds.

Whisk together the egg, milk, paprika, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Heat bùtter in a small skillet over mediùm heat.

When bùtter is melted, dredge pressed sandwich in the egg mixtùre, coating all sides. Immediately move sandwich to the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minùtes per side ùntil sandwich is golden brown. Also, ùpend the sandwich to cook on the ends for aboùt 15 seconds per side.

Sandwich is done cooking when it is a dark golden brown and cheese is completely melted. Cùt sandwich in half and serve immediately!

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