Recipe courtesy of Steuben County Fair

Monte Cristo

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Peanut oil, for frying

1 cup all-purpose flour 

1 cup soda water 

1 egg 

2 slices white pullman bread 

1 slice Swiss cheese

2 ounces black forest ham, sliced thin 

2 ounces deli turkey, sliced thin 

1 slice American cheese

Powdered sugar, for dusting 

Raspberry preserves, for serving


  1. Fill a Dutch oven 3/4-inch deep with peanut oil and bring to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together flour, soda water and egg until combined, then set aside.
  3. Place one piece of the bread on a prep surface and add the Swiss cheese, then ham.
  4. On the second piece of bread place the turkey, then American cheese.
  5. Sandwich together, making sure that all the fillings aren't sticking out, to prevent burning.
  6. Dip sandwich in batter, being sure to coat it completely, then drop into oil. Cook until golden brown, for 3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes.
  7. Remove and let drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar, then cut sandwich into quarters and serve with a side of raspberry preserves.