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Air Fryer Monte Cristo


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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.

Vertical image of the cross section of Air Fryer Monte Cristo highlighting the melted cheese and ham at the center.

Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwich

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.

If you love warm sandwiches you may also enjoy this Pub-Style Pretzel Roll Reuben recipe.

An overhead horizontal image of of Air Fryer Monte Cristo on white platter with chips on the side.

Ingredients

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
  • egg
  • milk
  • water
  • vanilla
  • powdered sugar
  • raspberry jelly
  • Swiss cheese
  • slices of ham
  • Texas toast
Ingredients used to make an Air Fryer Monte Cristo sandwich.

Substitutions

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.

Ingredients to make a batter in a mixing bowl next to slices of bread and slices of ham.

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.

Assembled sandwich ready for dipping.

Step 3: Dip the sandwiches

Dip the sandwich in the batter on both sides and place the sandwich in a lined air fryer basket.

Assembled sandwich dipped in batter.

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.

Sandwich in the air fryer basket.

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.

a closeup of an Air Fryer Monte Cristo highlighting the melted cheese at the middle of the sandwich.

Serving Suggestions

Are you wondering what you should serve this sandwich with? Here are a few different dipping ideas that my family loves with this sandwich.

A vertical overhead shot of Air Fryer Monte Cristo with chips on the side.

Tips

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.

FAQs

Do you have questions about Air Fryer Monte Cristo Recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

These sandwiches are best eaten fresh, but you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.

How to reheat

Reheat leftovers sandwiches in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes or until your sandwich is warm in the center.

Can I freeze Monte Cristo sandwiches?

Yes! You can freeze leftover sandwiches for up to two months. Be sure to wrap your sandwiches well to prevent freezer burn.

Horizontal image of the cross section of Air Fryer Monte Cristo highlighting the melted cheese and ham at the center.

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Air Fryer Monte Cristo Recipe

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Air Fryer Monte Cristo Sandwiches

If you love crispy and cheesy sandwiches then this is the sandwich for you.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Sandwiches
Calories 1097 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • parchment paper
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SandwichCalories: 1097kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 61gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 228mgSodium: 2492mgPotassium: 621mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 795IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 697mgIron: 14mg
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