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Monte Cristo sandwich
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Type Sandwich
Place of origin United States
Main ingredients Bread, ham, cheese (Emmental or Gruyère), egg batter

A Monte Cristo sandwich is an egg-dipped ham and cheese sandwich that is pan or deep fried, a variation of the French croque monsieur. In the 1930s–1960s, American cookbooks had recipes for this sandwich under such names as "French sandwich", "toasted ham sandwich", and "French toasted cheese sandwich".

Description

In most regions, the sandwich is savory rather than sweet. Traditionally, it is dipped in its entirety in egg batter and pan-fried, though it may also be deep-fried. Regional variations may include sliced turkey. In some areas of the contiguous U.S. it is served grilled; in others, it is an open sandwich with only the bread battered and the assembled sandwich heated slightly under a grill or broiler. Some restaurants serve a variation that is batter-dipped and deep-fried. The Monte Cristo is sometimes covered in powdered sugar and served with maple syrup or preserves.

The Monte Cristo Sandwich supposedly entered the scene in the 1960s in Southern California and exploded in popularity after the Blue Bayou restaurant in Disneyland began serving it.

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