Air Fryer Monte Cristo sandwiches are crispy battered sandwiches that are filled with ham and melty swiss cheese. This homemade sandwich is a take on the classic Croque Monsieur sandwich.
If you love crispy and cheesy sandwiches then this is the sandwich for you. Once I tried this sandwich at Disneyland, I fell head over heels in love.
Air fryers circulate hot air which helps them cook food that would otherwise be deep fried. This circulating air gives food that crispy fried food texture without needing a lot of oil, this makes air fryer cooking so much healthier for our waistlines.
Why I Love This Recipe
Filled with ham and cheese, the Air Fryer Monte Cristo is then battered and air fried giving you a tasty and crispy sandwich.
- Ready in under an hour
- Easy to make
- Perfect for picky eaters
If you love warm sandwiches you may also enjoy this Pub-Style Pretzel Roll Reuben recipe.
To make this air fryer cheesy sandwich recipe you only need ten ingredients. One quick trip to the grocery store for some budget friendly items and you are ready to make these Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwiches.
- pancake mix
- powdered sugar
- raspberry jelly
- Swiss cheese
- slices of ham
- Texas toast
Turkey: Use turkey in place of the ham if you prefer turkey.
American Cheese: Don’t like swiss cheese? Use white American cheese or provolone instead.
Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools
You only need three basic kitchen tools to help you make these tasty sandwiches.
How to Make Air Fryer Monte Cristo
Follow these four easy steps and you will have a crispy and flavorful homemade Air Fryer Monte Cristo sandwich.
Step 1: Mix your batter
Mix milk, water, vanilla, and pancake mix together in a bowl. Make sure batter is thick, add pancake mix to thicken.
Step 2: Assemble the sandwiches
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.
Step 3: Dip the sandwiches
Dip the sandwich in the batter on both sides and place the sandwich in a lined air fryer basket.
Step 4: Air Fryer the sandwiches
Cook on 370 for 7 minutes, flip and cook for 3 minutes. Remove and serve with powdered sugar dusting and dip in some jelly.
Variations / Options / Add-Ins
Nutella: Add nutella to the inside of your sandwiches for an additional sweet taste.
Peanut Butter and Jelly: Leave the meat out of your sandwich and use peanut butter and jelly instead for a kid friendly twist.
Cheese: Add in an additional slice of cheese and leave out the ham for an all cheese sandwich.
Are you wondering what you should serve this sandwich with? Here are a few different dipping ideas that my family loves with this sandwich.
- raspberry jam
- grape jelly
- pancake syrup
- maple syrup
Looking for some tips to make sure that your sandwiches turn out perfectly? Here are my best suggestions to help you.
- Spread a small amount of raspberry jam inside your sandwich for an additional sweet taste.
- Do not overcrowd your air fryer basket. Make sure that there is room around all sides of your sandwich for it to brown and crisp correctly.
- Replace the powdered sugar on top of the sandwich with drizzled honey for a sweet twist.
Do you have questions about Air Fryer Monte Cristo Recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
These sandwiches are best eaten fresh, but you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.
Reheat leftovers sandwiches in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes or until your sandwich is warm in the center.
Yes! You can freeze leftover sandwiches for up to two months. Be sure to wrap your sandwiches well to prevent freezer burn.
More Air Fryer Recipes
If you like air fryer recipes, give these recipes a try:
- Air Fryer Kale Chips
- Air Fryer Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich
- Air Fryer Deep Fried Oreos
- Air Fryer Calzone Recipe
- Air Fryer Hot Pockets
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Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwiches
- Air Fryer
- parchment paper
- Mixing Bowl
- 1 1/2 cups pancake mix
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup raspberry jelly
- 16 slices Swiss cheese
- 20 slices ham
- 8 slices Texas toast
- Mix milk, water, vanilla and pancake mix together in a bowl. Make sure batter is thick, add 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 a lined air fryer basket.
- Cook on 370 for 7 minutes, flip and cook for 3 minutes.
- Remove and serve with powdered sugar dusting and dip in some jelly.
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