Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese Sandwiches [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 1 reviews

Breakfast Pork

Cook time Cook time: 15 minutes

Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are deliciously stuffed with fried ham, bacon, cheese and topped with perfectly runny eggs.

We love good and delicious Ham sandwiches like our popular Cheesy Jalapeno Ham Slider and Bacon Ham Rolls.

Easy Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese sandwiches are the ultimate breakfast, lunch, or dinner meal that you will want to make over and over again. One single bite will have you run to the kitchen and cook another one.

These sandwiches are made with fried cubed ham and bacon that are placed between two slices of white bread smothered in mayo and a bit of cranberry jam.

Two types of cheese are added: Gruyere and American. The crispy sandwiches are topped with the perfect runny eggs that drip all over the cheesy goodness hidden inside. We can’t think of a better “grilled cheese”, and hands down, this is our favorite one.

Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Tips:

  • I like to use Smithfield anytime cubed ham in this recipe, but you can use sliced ham as well.
  • Also, I like using gruyere and American cheese. Another great combo is provolone cheese and sharp cheddar or you can go for a spicy cheese.
  • I used white sandwich bread to make them. However, ciabatta and sourdough also taste amazing in this recipe.
  • Also, this recipe works well with bread that is slightly older. If your bread is fresh from the store, wait a few days before you use it.
  • The cranberry spread is optional, but it adds a nice and subtle sweetness and tartness to the sandwich.
  • Fry the egg over medium, place it inside the sandwiches, and pack them for to-go.
  • You can also make these the night before, but in that case, use bread like sourdough or ciabatta, and you can reheat the sandwiches in the microwave later.
  • For the best taste, obviously, you should serve the sandwiches immediately with a runny egg on top.

Why do they call it a Monte Cristo sandwich?

It is believed that this sandwich is a variation of a French dish called Croque Monsieur which is very similar. It is basically a grilled cheese sandwich consisting of Gruyere cheese and lean ham.

Then, layered between two slices of crustless bread, fried in clarified butter, and made in a special grilling iron with two metal plates.


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5 from 1 reviews

Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese sandwiches are deliciously stuffed with fried ham, bacon, cheese and topped with perfect runny eggs.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 25 mins




Nutrition information

0 Calories: 481 Carbohydrates: 17 Protein: 20 Fat: 36 Saturated Fat: 14 Cholesterol: 156 Sodium: 1009 Potassium: 179 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 5 Vitamin A: 645 Calcium: 578 Iron: 1.6
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This looks amazing! I am one who loves all things runny eggs so I can't wait to dig into this!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

I am thinking this sandwich might have to happen for brunch this weekend!


Delaney | Melanie Makes

This grilled cheese looks heavenly!


Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Oh my gosh, I am totally drooling over here, YUM!



That is one incredible sandwich!!! I love Smithfield pork.



WOW! I will dream of this tonight!


Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

Monte Cristos are the BEST! This looks amazing!



Wowza, do these look stinkin incredible or what?! LOVE all the amazing flavors of a Monte Cristo in a gooey grilled cheese!


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