We’ve been going to the Blue Bayou Restaurant for years. While they offer several exquisite dishes, The Monte Cristo Sandwich is the staple of this place. It’s served golden brown, deep fried to perfection, dusted with some powdered sugar. The meats inside are juicy and the cheese is melty and warm. Dip it in one of three sweet sauces and you’re in heaven!
The sweet and savory combination of this sandwich is incredible and no one makes it like the Blue Bayou (except Cafe Orleans which serves the same sandwich from the same kitchen). In honor of our love for this dish we decided to share the actual recipe from the park, thanks to our friends at Guest Relations.
As you dive into the recipe don’t get too overloaded with the ingredients. You probably have most of them at home already. The biggest shopping list will be the meats and cheese which can be found at any grocery store. We recommend grabbing some Boar’s Head meats for this one but any will do. Slice em thin!
For the bread, egg bread works great but so does challah. Your choice. We’ve fried the sandwiches in a fry pan and a deep fryer and we think the deep fryer is easier but we realise not everyone has one. If this is the case the fry pan is super simple so no worries.
The recipe calls from blackberry preserves as a dip for the sandwich which we highly recommend. You can also do other dips with almost any preserve: strawberry, apricot, grape. Do a google search for sweet sandwich sauces and see if you find one that sounds delicious. The restaurant typically serves it with three so go crazy!
Blue Bayou's Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe
- Cookie Sheet
- Paper Towels
- 10 in Fry Pan
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cup + 2 TBSP water
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 8 slices egg bread cut 1/2 in. thick
- 8 slices ham
- 8 slices turkey
- 8 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.
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