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Waffled Monte Cristos Recipe
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Waffled Monte Cristos Recipe

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My husband and I enjoy Monte Cristos so much that I created this non-fried version to cut down on fat. The addition of orange peel and pecans makes these beautiful sandwiches absolutely delicious! —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 4 slices process American cheese (2/3 ounce each)
  • 2 thin slices deli turkey (1/2 ounce each)
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese (3/4 ounce each)
  • 2 thin slices deli ham (1/2 ounce each)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich (prepared with reduced-fat butter) equals 611 calories, 28 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 177 mg cholesterol, 1,241 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine the egg, milk, sugar and orange peel. Dip bread into egg mixture. Place on a preheated waffle iron; sprinkle each slice of bread with pecans. Bake according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
  2. Place an American cheese slice on two bread slices; layer with turkey, Swiss cheese, ham and remaining American cheese. Top with remaining bread; butter outsides of sandwiches.
  3. Toast sandwiches in a skillet for 1-2 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted. Dust with confectioners' sugar; serve with jam. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Waffled Monte Cristos in Cooking for 2 Summer 2009, p9

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich (prepared with reduced-fat butter) equals 611 calories, 28 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 177 mg cholesterol, 1,241 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.

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Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

I feed 18 people breakfast. I made the sandwiches ahead and then baked them at 350* for about 20 minutes to melt the cheese. Rave reviews from everyone and it was so easy.

Reviewed May. 29, 2011

My husband and I loved these sandwiches! We ate them with blackberry jam instead of raspberry and it was excellent. We make these every Sunday for lunch.

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

French toast marries grilled cheese. This is very sweet and tasty. A nice change on our dinner table that kids enjoyed too. I just grilled it rather than getting out the waffle iron.

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

We apologize for any confusion with this recipe. To clarify, all 4 slices of bread are dipped in the egg mixture and cooked in the waffle iron. Then, 2 of them are layered with the meat and cheese and topped with the remaining bread. After they're assembled, the outsides are spread with butter and they're toasted in a skillet to heat them through and melt the cheese.

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Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

I'm also confused by the instructions for the bread: are they first dipped in egg batter and then grilled ... and THEN buttered? (either before or after adding the meats/cheese layers) It sounds like a delicious recipe, but I'm not fully understanding the instructions as it relates to the bread.

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