This Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich is a sweet and savory air fryer sandwich that takes just 15 minutes. Monte Cristo is made with ham, Swiss, Texas toast, raspberry jam, and more – all jam-packed in one powder sugar-dusted sandwich.
Is you love a classic Monte Carlo sandwich or have flashbacks from your last visit to Disney where you enjoyed one in the Blue Bayou, you will love this version. The air fryer helps to bring a crispy texture to the bread that melts in your mouth.
🍽️ Why This Works
- Simple Ingredients
- Easy Prep
- Sweet and Savory
- Air Fries Fast
- Family Friendly
- Can use ham or turkey or pile on both meats
- Swiss Cheese
- Texas Toast
- Pancake Mix
- Raspberry Jam
- Powdered Sugar
Step One: Mix the milk, egg, vanilla, water and pancake mix. Whisk until it is nice and thick.
Step Two: Work on assembling the sandwich. Add cheese and meat on the slice of bread.
Step Three: Place the next piece of bread on top of the meat and cheese.
Step Four: Dredge the sandwich in the pancake mixture. Make sure to dredge both sides for a great coating.
Step Five: Place the sandwich on a parchment lined air fryer basket. Air fry as directed.
Step Six: Flip the sandwich, and finish cooking. Spread on jelly then dust the sandwich with powdered sugar.
❗ Expert Tips
I recommend using Texas toast. It will hold up best as it is dipped in the mixture then cooked in the air fryer. Thinner bread can become too soggy.
I used two layers of cheese, but add in extra ham and cheese to give this sandwich a loaded flavor if you want.
This sandwich is best when served fresh and warm. I recommend only making what you plan to eat. Don’t make extra sandwiches as they can become soggy once they cool down. Blech!
Optionally, drizzle with honey instead of dusting with powdered sugar.
Gruyere cheese is a great alternative to Swiss cheese in this recipe.
Bread, meat, cheese, jam, and a pancake mix are the base of a Monte Cristo sandwich. You will find some recipes use different flavors of sweet jams, and the meat can be changed out for turkey.
A Monte Cristo is a variation to the Croque Monsieur. The Croque is made with Gruyere cheese, French ham, and even sometimes a béchamel sauce.
Monte Cristo came about from a long time ago. It was created by the Croque Monsieur, who invented it around 1910. They created a different sandwich, and then created this version which was then named Monte Cristo.
You can use the Air Fryer papers sold by Amazon or you can use the parchment paper and just use a hole punch and punch a few holes in it. You need the holes to keep the air flowing so don’t skip that step.
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Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich
- Air Fryer Parchment Paper
- 1½ cup Pancake Mix
- 1 Egg
- ½ cup Milk
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 tbsp Vanilla
- ¼ cup Powdered Sugar
- ¼ cup Raspberry Jelly
- 16 slices Swiss Cheese
- 20 slices Ham
- 8 slices Texas Toast
- Mix milk, egg, water, vanilla and pancake mix together in a bowl. Make sure batter is thick. If needed, add more pancake mix to thicken.
- Assemble the sandwich like this: bread, 2 slices of cheese, 5 slices of ham, 2 slices of cheese and bread.
- Using toothpicks, stab the corners of the sandwich to lock both slices of bread together.
- Dip the sandwich in the batter on both sides and place sandwich in parchment-lined air fryer basket.
- Cook on 370 for seven minutes, flip and cook for three more minutes.
- Remove and serve with powdered sugar dusting and dip in some jelly.