Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

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An exciting twist on a classic Monte Cristo sandwich recipe using Van’s® Waffles instead of bread to add a touch of flair to an already iconic sandwich. French toasted waffles lightly coated with dijon mustard and filled with slices of black forest ham, roasted turkey and a heaping amount of melted Gouda!

Monte Cristo sandwich cut in half served on a white plate with some cheese chips and product nearby

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Monte Cristo Sandwiches are not your average sandwich! They are a little bit of breakfast and a little bit of lunch all in one. For this recipe I used Van’s ® Gluten Free Waffles which are made with whole grain brown rice flour and sweetened with fruit juice making this sandwich the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

Van’s Gluten Free Waffles contains over 21 g of whole grains each and are free from dairy/egg/artificial anything/cholesterol/corn & are Non-GMO project verified. They are so delicious you honestly would never imagine they were nutritious and wholesome! A delight in every bite!

Product collage of Van's Waffles and Gluten Free products

Van’s has a whole line of great gluten free and organic products so while I was at Tops I also picked up some of the snacks as well. Van’s® Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Snack Bars are a perfect snack for on the run with over 4g of fiber. And I am in love with the Van’s Gluten Free Say Cheese! Crackers which are also gluten free and packed with over 16 g of multigrain goodness!

Next time you head out to the store be sure to pick up some Van’s products which are found in the organic and/or gluten free section of your local grocer. Click here more about Van’s products.

What is a monte cristo sandwich?

Think of it like a sweeter grilled cheese sandwich but with meat and cheese. I know right?! There are lots of variations but the french toasted bread or in this case waffles combined with ham and/or turkey and cheese then pan-fried in butter…that is a Monte Cristo in a nutshell.

Where did the monte Cristo Originate?

It is said that the Monte Cristo originated in the United States as a take on the French classic Croque Monsieur.

what is the difference between a monte cristo and a Croque Monsieur?

A Croque Monsieur is topped with a bechamel sauce and gruyere cheese and then toasted whereas a Monte Cristo sandwich is dipped both sides in an egg batter similar to french toast and then pan-fried on both sides.

Van's waffle box behind a plate with a monte cristo sandwich on it with some crackers

monte cristo sandwich recipe ingredients

You will need the following ingredients:

  • Van’s Gluten Free or Organic Waffles in lieu of French bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 oz black forest ham deli slices
  • 2 oz roast turkey deli slices
  • 2 oz grated gouda
  • 1 tbsp butter
Ingredients needed to make a monte cristo sandwich recipe

how to make this monte cristo sandwich recipe

What do you serve with a Monte cristo sandwich?

There are lots of ways to serve this unique sandwich and some of the toppings are definitely not typical sandwich fare. Toppings can include:

  • A drizzle of maple syrup or a side cup for dipping
  • A dusting of powdered sugar
  • Preserves like jams or jellies to dip or spread on top
  • Nothing at all… I personally think the sweetness from these Van’s waffles with the salty meat and cheese filling is perfect as is!

I enjoyed adding even more cheesiness to my lunch with a handful of the Van’s® Gluten Free Say Cheese! Crackers on the side.

Overhead shot of a monte cristo sandwich on a table with a striped red, orange and white tea towl
Monte Cristo sandwich cut in half served on a white plate with some cheese chips and product nearby

Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
French toasted Van's waffles lightly coated with dijon mustard and filled with slices of black forest ham, turkey and a heaping amount of melted Gouda! 

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1 sandwich
Calories 1059 kcal


  • Medium-sized shallow bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Wisk
  • Cheese grater
  • Knife
  • non-stick frying pan
  • Spatula


  • 2 Van's gluten free waffles
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • pinch each salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 oz black forest ham deli slices
  • 2 oz roasted turkey deli slices
  • 2 oz gouda shredded
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • In a medium-sized shallow bowl add 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp vanilla and a pinch of salt and pepper. Wisk until well combined. Set aside.
  • Spread a thin layer of dijon mustard over one side of each waffle
  • With the unseasoned side of one waffle facing down add 1 oz of the shredded gouda, the sliced meats and then the remaining shredded gouda and that order. Top with the other waffle with the dijon mustard seasoned side facing down towards the cheese. Press down on the top of the sandwich to help the cheese, meat and waffles stick together as one unit.


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 1059kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 46gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 29.2gCholesterol: 361mgSodium: 2807mgPotassium: 488mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 7.2gCalcium: 616mgIron: 4mg


This sandwich is best served immediately. 
Gruyere cheese can be substituted for Gouda.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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