Disneyland’s Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe (GF)

Imagine biting into a perfectly golden-brown sandwich that’s crispy on the outside and oozing with melted Swiss cheese, savory turkey, and sweet ham on the inside! That’s the magic of Disneyland’s Monte Cristo sandwich recipe. Best of all, it’s gluten-free!

disneyland monte cristo sandwich sliced in half on plate

Disneyland has some seriously epic food, and one of its most famous dishes is the Monte Cristo sandwich. It’s a staple for so many people who visit the parks, and it’s easy to see why!

Ooey-gooey cheese, savory meats, crispy bread dipped into a delicious batter and fried to perfection—and powdered sugar—what’s not to love?

But for many people, that sandwich is a no-go because of food allergies. HOWEVER, don’t worry! You can still get your hands on this delicious Monte Cristo Sandwich recipe, which is gluten-free and made in the comfort of your own home!

With some easy swaps, you can enjoy this tasty sandwich without worry. Plus, it’s quick and simple to make—perfect for a weekend brunch or lunch with friends and family.

monte cristo sandwich recipe served with preserves, grapes and berries

Where do you get the Monte Cristo at Disneyland?

The original Monte Cristo sandwich can be found at two restaurants in Disneyland:

  1. Blue Bayou
  2. Cafe Orleans

Both are located in New Orleans Square. They serve the sandwich with a side of fruit or pommes frites (french fries) and a dollop of tangy seasonal preserves for dipping.

Actually, at Cafe Orleans, they serve 2 different versions of the Monte Cristo Sandwich recipe:

  • Monte Cristo Sandwich – with Sliced Turkey, Ham, and Swiss
  • Triple Cheese Monte Cristo Sandwich – Brie, Swiss, and Mozzarella, which is great for vegetarians!
dipping monte cristo into raspberry preserves

Can you order a gluten-free Monte Cristo sandwich at Disneyland?

Yes, you can! But shhhh – it’s a secret. Kind of.

Although it’s not on the allergy menu, you CAN preorder the gluten-free Monte Cristo sandwich at the Blue Bayou during lunch hours, 11 AM—3 PM.

There are just a few things you need to do first:

  1. Make a Dining Reservation via My Disney Experience, and make sure to note your allergy.
  2. Write an email to the Disneyland Special Diets Team requesting the sandwich for the day you made the reservation. Unfortunately, you can’t order on the same day as they only make a limited quantity of these.
  3. Make sure you send this email with a minimum of 15 days’ notice, or they may not be able to make you a sandwich.

Tip: If you need the email, here it is: [email protected] 

Okay, now that you know everything, let’s get cooking!

ingredients needed to make disneyland monte cristo sandwich

Ingredients needed

  • Gluten-Free Bread
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • Egg
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Powdered Sugar
mixing french toast frying batter for sandwich
making gluten free sandwich with swiss cheese, turkey and ham.
coating gluten free sandwich in french toast batter
frying monte cristo sandwich in hot oil

Tips for Making the Perfect Gluten-Free Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

  • Using a fine mesh sieve, sprinkle the powdered sugar over the sandwiches. This will give them that signature Disneyland look.
  • Feel free to experiment with different meats and cheeses. This recipe is super flexible.
  • Want to make it vegetarian? Just skip the meat and mix up the cheeses with options like provolone, Munster, brie, mozzarella, or white cheddar.
  • Use a toothpick in each corner of the sandwich to keep it together while frying.
  • These sandwiches are best enjoyed right away, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. They taste great, warm or cold.
  • Making these sandwiches for a group? Place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven until you’re ready to serve.
three monte cristo sandwiches with powdered sugar on a white plate

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Disneyland’s Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe


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  • Author: Vee
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The Gluten-Free Monte Cristo Sandwich is a tasty mix of savory and sweet! With layers of juicy turkey and ham and gooey Swiss cheese, all between slices of gluten-free bread, it’s a real treat. Lightly battered and fried to golden perfection, it’s finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar for a sweet twist.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 slices gluten-free bread
  • 8 thin slices turkey
  • 8 thin slices ham
  • 8 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, for garnish
  • Raspberry preserves, for serving
  • Grapes, for serving
  • Strawberries, for serving

Instructions

  1. Fill a large skillet or pan just over ¼ full with vegetable oil. Heat to 375°F.
  2. Whisk the egg and water together in a large mixing bowl. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and whisk until smooth.
  3. Arrange 2 slices of turkey, 2 slices of ham, and 2 slices of Swiss cheese evenly on 4 slices of bread. Place the remaining slices of bread on top of each sandwich.
  4. Dunk each sandwich into the batter mixture. Coat all sides with batter.
  5. Carefully place one sandwich at a time into the hot oil. Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place the fried sandwiches on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the other 3 sandwiches.
  6. Sprinkle the hot sandwiches with powdered sugar.
  7. Serve with raspberry preserves, grapes, and strawberries on the side. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

  • This sandwich is inspired by the one at Blue Bayou and Cafe Orleans, both located at New Orleans Square in Disneyland.
  • Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. They can be enjoyed warm or cold.
  • Making these sandwiches for a crowd? Place them on a paper towel-lined sheet pan and pop them in the oven in a warm setting. This will keep them warm until you’re ready to serve them.
  • A hack to keep the sandwiches together while you fry them is to place toothpicks on all 4 corners of the sandwich to hold it together.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Method: Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
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