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Monte Cristo French Toast Sandwich

November 28 is National French Toast day. This recipe for Monte Cristo French Toast is perfect for any meal whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2


  • 4 slices bread of choice Note 1
  • 1 large egg or 2 small eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Salt
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise I like whole egg mayo
  • 2 - 4 slices gruyere cheese or other grated or sliced melting cheese of choice
  • Ham or turkey sliced or shaved
  • 1 - 2 tbsp unsalted butter


  • Lightly whisk egg, milk and a generous pinch of salt in a flat bowl.
  • Spread 2 slices of bread with mayonnaise.
  • Top with ham, then cheese, then sandwich with remaining slices of bread. Press down firmly.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Dip each side of the sandwiches briefly in the egg mixture, then place in skillet.
  • Cook the first side, pressing down with an egg flip, for 3 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  • Flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes, pressing down firmly with the egg flip, until golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately, while hot!


This is great made with artisan (e.g. sourdough) bread or ordinary sandwich bread. Sourdough yields a slightly crunchier golden crust whereas sandwich bread has a higher ratio of soft gooey melted cheese and hot ham. I enjoy both!