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Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
From the Disney website: Of all the delectable offerings served at the restaurant during the last four decades, the most popular item by far is the Blue Bayou Monte Cristo Sandwich. It was available on the original 1967 menu (accompanied by a fresh fruit compote topped with toasted coconut) and is still available at lunch service today. The sandwich has been so popular over the years, with upwards of 200 of them served a day, that a card was printed up for guests who requested the recipe.
- 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, sliced 1/2-inch thick (challah works well)
- 8 thin slices ham
- 8 thin slices turkey
- 8 thin slices swiss cheese
- 3 cups canola oil
- confectioners' sugar
- blackberry preserves
- 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.