Monte Cristo Sliders

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A delicious party slider recipe, these Monte Cristo Sandwich Sliders are a fun and easy addition to any party, tailgating, brunch or just a special family meal. 

The best party sandwiches, these Monte Cristo Sandwich Sliders are perfect for BBQs, brunches or any party. Sweet, savory and cheesy, they are so completely satisfying and delicious. Serve as appetizers or a main along with a side salad

Monte Cristo Sliders Recipe

I love just about anything with a sweet and savoury flavor combination, so these Monte Cristo sandwiches are right up my alley!

Essentially, a Monte Cristo is a ham and cheese sandwich made with a mustard-spiked french toast that is often sprinkled with powdered icing sugar and served with fruit preserves. It is the perfect brunch food, combining a favorite sweet breakfast option with savoury lunch flavors, and is made even better in slider form.

Funny enough, the first time I had a Monte Cristo wasn’t on our Paris family vacation, it was at Disneyland’s Cafe Orleans! The portion size was huge – enough for 2 or 3 people to share. I included it in our Must-Eat Disneyland Foods post – but if you don’t have a Disneyland vacation coming up, you can still enjoy this indulgent classic at home.

(For a truly Disney-inspired experience, pair it with our Dole Whip Slushies or our Homemade Beignets.)

Making a Monte Cristo sandwich at home is very similar to making French Toast. You assemble the sandwich, dip it in a eggy mixture, and then pan fry it.

It’s not too much of a hassle if you’re only making a couple sandwiches, but to make enough for a whole family or a party would be time-consuming and messy. Our Monte Cristo sliders allow you to have all of the flavor of a real Monte Cristo sandwich with less than 10 minutes of prep time and contains all of the mess to just a casserole dish. (Line the casserole dish with parchment paper or tin foil to make clean-up even easier.)

The recipe for these baked Monte Cristo sliders can be doubled or tripled, if desired. They are perfect for brunch, tailgating or parties and I think they would be so cute at a baby shower – but I can’t think of any time I would pass these appetizers up!

The portion size is also great because you can enjoy just one as an appetizer and feel indulged and satisfied, or you can pair two or three with some fruit or soup for a yummy meal.

Monte Cristos are traditionally served with raspberry jam – you can spread it on the sandwich before adding the meats and cheese, or serve it on the side for dipping. Or swap out the raspberry jam for your own favorite dip option – maple syrup, mustard, etc.

Do I have to use deli meats? No, and you don’t even need to use the deli meats I describe below if you’d rather use other meats. You can use leftover ham or turkey from the holidays, or even chicken. I would avoid using beef in this sandwich if you want to stay somewhat true to the classic Monte Cristo flavor, but I think a beef version could also be delicious.

What is the difference between a Monte Cristo and a Croque Monsieur? A Croque Monsieur is very similar to a Monte Cristo, however the french toast slices are usually made separately for a Croque Monsieur while a Monte Cristo dips the whole sandwich in the eggy mixture. Also, a Croque Monsiuer is served with a bechamel sauce, which is made with flour, butter, milk and some of the same type of cheese you have in the sandwich.

The Monte Cristo probably came about as a version of the Croque Monsieur, and the name was probably inspired by the book “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas, which was named after the small island in the Tuscan Archipelago called Montecristo, “The Mount of Christ.” The island is still a source of mystery and fascination for many.

Can these sliders be made ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the sandwiches and even add the egg-topping the night before you plan to bake them. You can even bake and refrigerate and just reheat or serve cold up to three days after baking.

Can these sliders be frozen? I have had readers say that they have had good success with freezing sliders. Wrap and then store in a freezer bag or airtight freezer containers for up to two months. Allow to thaw fully before reheating. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.)

Monte Cristo Slider Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: line the baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil for an easy clean up.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • 9″ x 13″ Casserole Dish <– I love these Pyrex dishes with fitted lids for easy transportation to parties or leftover storage
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Serrated kitchen knife
  • Sifter
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pastry brush

How to Make Monte Cristo Sliders

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Use a serrated knife to cut the whole sheet of bread rolls in half, as shown.

If using raspberry jam in the sliders, spread it on the cut side of the bottom half of the sliders.

Place the bottom half of the sandwich sheet in your casserole dish.

Place an even layer of cheese on the sandwiches.

Add an even layer of your sliced ham and then your sliced turkey.

Follow with another layer of cheese before placing the top half of the sandwich sheet overtop.

Melt your butter and then whisk in the dijon mustard and egg.

Brush or pour the egg-butter mixture over the sliders. (You will want to use a pastry brush to ensure that the sandwiches are evenly coated.)

Sprinkle on the paprika, if using, and then cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil – tenting it to avoid the foil from touching the tops of the sliders.

Bake covered for 20 minutes, and then remove the tinfoil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Allow the sliders to sit for about 10 minutes before slicing. (The eggs are still cooking with the residual heat and the cheese needs to set a bit, too.)

Sprinkle with powdered icing sugar.

Slice and serve.

 

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How to make Monte Cristo Sandwich Sliders, the perfect appetizer-sized take on this classic sandwich. Perfect for brunch, BBQs or parties, these sandwich sliders are so decadent and satisfying with ham, turkey, swiss cheese and a baked egg topping (like a French Toast sandwich). Inspired by the Disneyland classic at Blue Bayou Cafe

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Yield: 12 sandwiches

Monte Cristo Sliders

Monte Cristo Sliders

A sweet and savory sandwich slider perfect for brunch or tailgating. A fun appetizer version of the classic Monte Cristo sandwich.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Sheet Sandwich Rolls (12 rolls)
  • 1/4 lb Sliced Deli Ham
  • 1/4 lb Sliced Deli Turkey
  • 1/4 lb Sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika, optional
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered Icing Sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Use a serrated knife to cut the whole sheet of bread rolls in half, as shown.
  3. If using raspberry jam in the sliders, spread it on the cut side of the bottom half of the sliders.
  4. Place the bottom half of the sandwich sheet in your casserole dish.
  5. Place an even layer of cheese on the sandwiches.
  6. Add an even layer of your sliced ham and then your sliced turkey.
  7. Follow with another layer of cheese before placing the top half of the sandwich sheet overtop.
  8. Melt your butter and then whisk in the dijon mustard and egg.
  9. Brush or pour the egg-butter mixture over the sliders. (You will want to use a pastry brush to ensure that the sandwiches are evenly coated.)
  10. Sprinkle on the paprika, if using, and then cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil - tenting it to avoid the foil from touching the tops of the sliders.
  11. Bake covered for 20 minutes, and then remove the tinfoil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  12. Allow the sliders to sit for about 10 minutes before slicing. (The eggs are still cooking with the residual heat and the cheese needs to set a bit, too.)
  13. Sprinkle with powdered icing sugar.
  14. Slice and serve.

Notes

You can double or triple this recipe for a party.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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Sandwich sliders are now one of my favorite recipes to bring to serve at parties or bring to potlucks. They are the perfect snackable portion size – especially for an indulgent treat! My only complaint is that there are never any leftovers – I always come home with an empty casserole dish.

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2 Comments

  1. Curious why the photo shows putting cheese sticks on the rolls??? Also having eaten Monte Cristo Sandwiches at Disneyland at both the Café Orleans and Blue Bayou Restaurants for decades they use Blackberry Jam although I am sure Raspberry would also taste good.

    1. Hi Dianna,
      They aren’t cheese sticks just marbled cheddar cheese that was cut up – my daughter got into the Swiss cheese before I went to take pictures for this recipe, so I didn’t have as much as I needed and had to sub it in.
      Definitely any favorite jam or puree would work. Disney just calls it a berry puree now so not sure when that changed. The first time I ordered it, it was definitely raspberry or heavy on raspberry – and I hate raspberry jam (LOVE blackberry) so I never touched the berry puree again after that LOL A lot of recipes use raspberry, mixed berry or even red currant jams, so I think any sweet jam that you love is a great choice.

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