Whip Up Disneyland’s Famous Monte Cristo Sandwich at Home
Of all the delectable offerings served at Disneyland Resort over the decades one that frequently tops the lists of Disney regulars and visitors alike is Monte Cristo Sandwich found at the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square.
Set amongst the smooth seas of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction where it is always night, the Blue Bayou has gained a reputation for serving up some pretty delicious Cajun and Creole Dishes. While many entrees have come and gone over the years, the Monte Cristo was actually included on the original menu when the restaurant first opened in 1967 and has been filling hungry tummies ever since!
A staple of the lunch menu at the Blue Bayou, upwards of 200 Monte Cristo Sandwiches can be ordered up in a day. Due to the popularity of this sandwich, recipe cards were actually created over the years and handed out to guests.
With that in mind! You can conjure up a bit of Disney Magic of your own and try your hand at recreating this signature dish from your kitchen!
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
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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