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Air Fryer Monte Cristo

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Air Fryer Monte Cristo sandwiches are the best of all worlds – like a grilled ham and cheese married French toast and had a raspberry jelly baby. It’s a little salty, a little sweet, and cooked to perfection when made in the air fryer.

Calling all sandwich lovers! Or actually just hungry people in general. Been looking for an easy air fryer sandwich recipe?

You’ve shown up at the best time. This isn’t your average sandwich and once you make it, be prepared to be addicted. You’ve been warned – lol!

close up of air fryer monte cristo sandwich cut in half stacked on top of each other

Since I purchased my air fryer I rarely make sandwiches any other way. It’s easy, there aren’t many dishes to wash, and even my kids and husband can make them. 

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You may be wondering what prompted me to make this sandwich. I love a good Monte Cristo and will order it anytime I see it on the menu. This is my rendition of Disneyland’s Monte Cristo from Blue Bayou & Cafe Orleans. Yes, I’m a Disney lover too if you didn’t know. 

While you can enjoy a Monte Cristo sandwich any time of day, they make a great breakfast or brunch sandwich or a tasty breakfast-for-dinner option. 

What is a Monte Cristo? 

Monte Cristo sandwiches were actually inspired by the French. It’s a variation of the French Croque-Monsieur. Originally it was a sandwich that had ham, cheese and a couple of condiments BUT was battered like French toast. 

Over time the sandwich has evolved and many people now recognize it from Disney. 

Basically, it’s the best ham and cheese sandwich you have ever tasted! 

ingredients labeled for air fryer monte cristo sandwiches

Ingredients to Make Monte Cristo Sandwiches 

pancake mix – we like the Krusteaz brand mix

milk – whole or 2% works best

water

vanilla 

egg

Texas toast

Swiss cheese 

deli ham – thin sliced

powdered sugar

raspberry jelly 

How to Make an Air Fryer Monte Cristo 

In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the pancake mix, water, milk, vanilla, and egg, and whisk together until it’s combined. At this point, your batter should be thick. If you need to add a little more pancake mix you can. 

two image collage showing the monte cristo batter being made and the sandwich being assembled

Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees F. If you are using parchment paper liners, wait to put those in the basket until your sandwiches are ready to go in. 

Make the sandwich by starting with a piece of bread, a couple of slices of cheese, 5 ham slices, 2 more slices of cheese then topped with another piece of bread. 

Place toothpicks in the corners of the sandwiches to hold the sandwich together. 

two image collage showing the monte cristo being battered and placed in the air fryer

Dip the sandwich in the batter on both sides, being careful when you flip it. Using a pair of tongs works best. 

Add the parchment liners to the basket if you are using them, then place the sandwiches in. Try to make sure they don’t touch. Depending on how many you are making and the size of your basket, you may need to cook in batches. 

Air fry the sandwiches for 10 minutes, flipping them at the 7 minute mark. 

Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool for a couple minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. Serve with a side of raspberry jelly for your dipping sauce. 

top shot of monte cristo sandwich in the air fryer after cooking

What is the best bread to use? 

If you are in a pinch, you can use regular white bread. But if you’ve ever made French toast you know a thicker bread works much better. Which is why we use Texas toast for our Monte Cristo sandwiches. You could also use a French or Italian loaf and cut into thick slices.

Tips for Making

  • Add sliced turkey for a heartier sandwich.
  • You can add a bit of jam inside the sandwich before cooking if desired.
  • Substitute Gruyere cheese for the Swiss cheese if desired.
  • Drizzle the cooked sandwiches with a bit of maple syrup for a sweeter sandwich.

How to Reheat a Monte Cristo Sandwich

I will forewarn you, these sandwiches are best when they are eaten fresh from the air fryer. If you choose to reheat, you can air fry at 350 degrees F or heat them on a baking sheet in the oven for just a few minutes.

Because the outside is battered, I don’t recommend reheating in the microwave because it will make the sandwiches slightly soggy.

air fryer monte cristo sandwich being dusted with powdered sugar

Are Monte Cristo Sandwiches Healthy?

Let me be frank, this is not diet food. With high calories, carbs and fat it’s not something we eat on a regular basis. But we splurge on occasion because they taste so amazing.

We do have a couple tips if you want to make these a little healthier:

  • Swap out whole wheat bread for the Texas toast.
  • Reduce the cheese by half.
  • Cooking in the air fryer makes these healthier than the deep fried ones you get at restaurants.
  • Eat half a sandwich – these sandwiches are big so half a sandwich paired with fruit or salad is usually enough for me.

What Should I Serve With Monte Cristos?

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Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Air Fryer Monte Cristo sandwiches are the best of all worlds – like a grilled ham and cheese married French toast and had a raspberry jelly baby. It's a little salty, a little sweet, and cooked to perfection when you use your air fryer.
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 1048kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups pancake mix
  • 1/2 cup whole or 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 8 slices Texas toast
  • 16 slices Swiss cheese
  • 20 slices deli ham
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jelly

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix pancake mix, milk, water, vanilla and egg together in a bowl, mixing just until combined. The batter should be thick but you can add additional pancake mix to thicken if needed.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F.
  • Assemble sandwiches in this order: slice of bread, 2 slices cheese, 5 slices ham, 2 slices cheese and finishing with a slice of bread. Place toothpicks in the corners of the sandwiches to secure the slices of bread together.
  • Dip a sandwich in the prepared batter and carefully turn to cover the opposite side.
  • Line the air fryer basket with a parchment liner. Place battered sandwiches in the lined air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 7 minutes, turn the sandwich and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from the air fryer. Remove toothpicks and discard.
  • Allow sandwiches to cool for 1-2 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. Serve with raspberry jam as a dipping sauce if desired.

NOTES

  • These sandwiches are best served warm.
  • While you can save leftovers for 1-2 days in the frog, these sandwiches are best eaten fresh.
  • Recipe variations:
    • Add sliced turkey for a heartier sandwich.
    • Substitute Gruyere cheese for the Swiss if desired.
    • You can spread a thin layer of jam inside the sandwich before cooking.
    • Drizzle with maple syrup if preferred.
  • Nutritional information will vary based on ingredients used.

Because every air fryer is different, we recommend checking your food at the halfway point and adjusting the cooking time if necessary.

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 1048kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 2387mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 676IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 708mg | Iron: 14mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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