Recipe for Disneyland’s Most Iconic Lunch, the Monte Cristo Sandwich!

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When guests are at Disneyland and walk through New Orleans Square, one of the first things they think about is the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich.

This delicious sandwich is the most iconic Disneyland food for lunch and it all started at the Blue Bayou Restaurant in 1967.  Disney fans love being able to watch the excitement of guests floating by the restaurant as they ride the Pirates of the Caribbean.  Luckily since it’s not always the easiest to get a reservation at the Blue Bayou, it’s also now served at Cafe Orleans, where you feel as if you’ve been transported to New Orleans.

Blue Bayou Restaurant | Disneyland Resort
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Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

And if you can’t make it to the Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans, just run to your kitchen!  You can make the Disneyland Monte Cristo Sandwich right from home now with this recipe. This is the official Disney recipe — thanks D23!


  • 1 egg
  • 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
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Blackberry preserves


  1. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels; set aside.
  2. Whisk the egg and water together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and whisk thoroughly for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth, scraping sides of bowl.
  4. On one slice of bread, arrange 2 slices of ham, turkey, and cheese, covering the bread evenly.
  5. Place another slice of bread on top and slice each sandwich in half diagonally.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Cook 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  9. Place the cooked sandwich on the prepared cookie sheet in a warm oven until ready to serve. Repeat with the other three sandwiches.
  10. Cook one at a time, and allow the oil to reach the desired temperature between each.
  11. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and serve with blackberry preserves on the side.
Menu from Blue Bayou, one of Disneyland's signature restaurants
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Iconic Disneyland Food

If you’re craving the tastes of Disneyland try some of these other Disney food recipes!  Head right around the corner from Cafe Orleans over to the Mint Julep Bar for Mickey Shaped Beignets and a Mint Julep.  If you’re there early in the morning, some of Disneyland’s best breakfast items are Tomorrrowland’s Breakfast Burrito and Frontierland’s Breakfast Chimichanga.  For a Disneyland snack, try this Churro recipe!  And for something refreshing, Disney shared a recipe for its famous Dole Whip!

Monte Cristo
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