I still remember my first bite of a Monte Cristo sandwich at Disneyland’s Blue Bayou restaurant…soooo decadent. It’s both sweet and savory, part breakfast and part lunch. If you’ve never had one, a Monte Cristo is a bit like a deep-fried grilled cheese with ham, turkey and Swiss cheese, and has been on the restaurant’s original menu since 1967.
While we’re going stir-crazy in lockdown, Disney has been kind enough to gift us with recipes for some of the most famous food in their parks. The previous three; Dole Whip, Churro Bites and ooey gooey Grilled Cheese are easy to grab while walking around the park. This one is a tad bit more involved. If you feel like indulging yourself during one of these endless days at home, D23, the official fan club of Disney shared the recipe HERE. I’ve also included the steps below:
Blue Bayou’s Monte Cristo Sandwich (makes 4 sandwiches)
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons water
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
8 slices egg bread (challah works well), sliced 1/2-inch thick
8 thin slices ham
8 thin slices turkey
8 thin slices Swiss cheese
3 cups canola oil
Line a cookie sheet with paper towels; set aside. Whisk the egg and water together in a mixing bowl. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and whisk thoroughly for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth, scraping sides of bowl. On one slice of bread, arrange two slices of ham, turkey, and cheese, covering the bread evenly. Place another slice of bread on top and slice each sandwich in half diagonally.
Heat oil to between 365 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit in a 10-inch pan. Do not let the oil reach a higher temperature than this; if the oil starts to smoke, turn the heat down. Dip half of the sandwich into the batter, allowing excess to drain, and very carefully place into the oil. Repeat with the other sandwich half. Cook 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Place the cooked sandwich on the prepared cookie sheet in a warm oven until ready to serve. Repeat with the other three sandwiches.
Cook one at a time, and allow the oil to reach the desired temperature between each. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve with blackberry preserves on the side.
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