By August 2010, the Monte Cristo sandwish, at the Cafe Orleans, had gotten up to $17.49. And, while eating one at Disneyland is ALWAYS better, here’s the recipe so you can make it at home.
- 1 egg
- 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
- Confectioners sugar
- Blackberry preserves
- 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 2 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 degrees F and 375 degrees F 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 confectioner’s sugar and serve with blackberry preserves on the side.
Here’s the original recipe card from the Blue Bayou published years ago…