This keto Monte Cristo sandwich is an easy and tasty low-carb sandwich recipe. Just like the classic version it is loaded with sliced turkey, ham, & cheese & cooked in egg batter for a comforting hot sandwich without any of the guilt!
No more missing homemade sandwiches when on a ketogenic or low-carb diet thanks to this recipe that is a no-guilt version of the Disneyland classic. I grew up ordering the Monte Cristo at the Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans and wanted to create a copycat that was more healthy and didn't have all the carbs.
Disneyland's official Monte Cristo Recipe is served here. It is served with fresh fruit and jam on the side but to keep this low-carb or keto, I suggest skipping those and enjoying it as is or with a side salad.
What is a Monte Cristo Sandwich?
If you don't know what is in a Monte Cristo sandwich, to summarize, it is full of ham, turkey, and swiss cheese. All stuffed between sliced sandwich bread - continue below for more information on what I used and other keto sandwich bread recommendations.
The egg dip is similar to making french toast and then griddled on a flat pan. Finally, the powdered no-calorie sugar replacement is a must for the final touch on a classic Monte Cristo Sandwich.
Ingredients for the Keto Monte Cristo Sandwich
For a traditional Monte Cristo sandwich, the usual ingredients needed are sliced turkey, sliced ham, and sliced cheeses. The egg dip that the assembled sandwich goes into includes a beaten egg, vanilla, and cinnamon.
- Keto Sandwich Bread - I use Franz or Ink'd Keto Bread.
- Sliced Turkey Breast - thin luncheon meat found at any grocery store or deli counter.
- Sliced Ham - use one that is low-sugar, not brown sugar or honey ham.
- Sliced Swiss Cheese - thin or regular sliced.
- Egg - for the batter that is similar to what you make for french toast.
- Vanilla Extract - the floral flavor adds that comforting dessert-like touch.
- Ground Cinnamon - classic ingredient for the egg batter.
- Heavy Cream - to up the fat content in this keto version.
- Monk Fruit Powdered Sweetener - to keep it sugar-free and keto-friendly but with the added sweetness.
See the Recipe Card for full instruction and amounts.
Calories for this Sandwich Recipe
Each of you may purchase a different brand of bread, meats, and cheeses so this will vary slightly. As made this keto Monte Cristo sandwich recipe includes the following nutritional information -
EACH SANDWICH ESTIMATE – 390 Calories - 21.5g Fat – 37g Protein – 2.5 net carbs
How to Make a Monte Cristo Sandwich
There are only a few steps to make the best keto Monte Cristo sandwich from scratch. You will need to mix up the egg dip batter, assemble the sandwich, griddle the sandwich on both sides. Then finally, slice the sandwich and dust it with a no-calorie sweetener.
1 - Make the Egg Dip
In a shallow rimmed dish, such as a pie pan, beat the egg and then add the vanilla, cinnamon, and heavy whipping cream.
2 - Assemble the Monte Cristo Sandwich
For each sandwich, you will need two slices of keto sandwich bread, 3 slices of thin-sliced ham, 3 slices of thin-sliced turkey, and 2 slices of thin-sliced swiss cheese. Be sure to use full-fat ingredients, no low-fat cheese here.
Place both slices of sandwich bread next to one another on a plate. On top of each slice, add a slice of swiss cheese. Then on a slice of cheese, pile up 3 slices of ham. On the other slice of cheese, pile up 3 slices of turkey. See below for how it will look before bringing the sandwich altogether.
3 - Dip Sandwich in the Egg Batter
Take each Monte Cristo sandwich and dip each side into the egg dip batter. Make sure it soaks in a bit into the bread but does not saturate it all the way through (this will make the sandwich too soggy). Should be about 10 seconds on each side.
4 - Cook the Sandwich on a Flat Griddle Pan
Put a pat of butter on a flat griddle pan or fry pan and heat to medium-high on the stove. Once the pan is hot and the butter is melted, add your sandwich and cook on each side for about 4-5 minutes. Each side should be golden brown as seen below and the cheese will have just begun to melt.
Once the sandwiches are cooked, let them cool a few minutes so the cheese can set and keep the sandwich together. Plate them and cut them in half.
5 - Dust with Monkfruit Sweetener
A Monte Cristo is always dusted with loads of powdered sugar. To keep this recipe low-carb and keto, dusting it with your favorite zero-calorie sweetener works perfectly. I use powdered monk fruit and it was the perfect balance of a savory meaty sandwich plus a sweet balance. Swerve or other keto powdered sugar will work just fine.
If you love this sandwich recipe, may I also suggest my KETO MUFFULETTA SANDWICH. It is on homemade fat head rolls and stuff with Italian cold cuts, cheese, and the infamous olive salad.
What to Serve with Monte Cristo Sandwich
Here are some great side dishes to make and serve with a Monte Cristo sandwich. This includes side recipes that are gluten-free, keto, healthy, and more that all go well with this or other Monte Cristo recipes.
If you are enjoying this but aren't strict keto, try some of these too.
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Keto Monte Cristo Sandwich
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon butter
For the sandwiches
- 4 slices keto white sandwich bread (or other keto white bread)
- 6 slices deli lunch ham thin-sliced
- 6 slices deli lunch turkey thin-sliced
- 4 slices Swiss cheese thin-sliced
- 2 tablespoon powdered monk fruit sweetener (or other no-calorie powdered sugar replacement)
- In a shallow rimmed dish, such as a pie pan, beat the egg with a whisk. Then add the vanilla, cinnamon, and heavy whipping cream and whisk together.
- Place both slices of sandwich bread next to one another on a plate. On top of each slice, add a slice of swiss cheese. Then on a slice of cheese, pile up 3 slices of ham. On the other slice of cheese, pile up 3 slices of turkey. Bring both halves together to make one sandwich.
- Take each Monte Cristo sandwich and dip each side into the egg dip batter. Make sure it soaks in a bit into the bread but does not saturate it all the way through (this will make the sandwich too soggy). Should be about 5-10 seconds on each side, depending on the bread you are using.
- Put the butter on a flat griddle pan or fry pan and heat to medium-high on the stove. Once the pan is hot and the butter is melted, add your sandwich and cook on each side for about 4-5 minutes. Each side should be golden brown as seen below and the cheese will have just begun to melt.
- Let the sandwiches cool a minute before cutting them in half. Once ready, cut and then dust 1 TB of powdered monk fruit over each.
|Amount per serving
|% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 21.5g
|Saturated Fat 12.4g
|Total Carbohydrate 26.5g
|Dietary Fiber 24g
|Total Sugars 2.3g
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