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Waffled Monte Cristos

My husband and I enjoy Monte Cristos so much that I created this non-fried version to cut down on fat. The addition of orange peel and pecans makes these beautiful sandwiches absolutely delicious! —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 sandwiches


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 4 slices process American cheese (2/3 ounce each)
  • 2 thin slices deli turkey (1/2 ounce each)
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese (3/4 ounce each)
  • 2 thin slices deli ham (1/2 ounce each)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam


  • In a shallow bowl, combine the egg, milk, sugar and orange zest. Dip bread into egg mixture. Place on a preheated waffle maker; sprinkle each slice of bread with pecans. Bake according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
  • Place an American cheese slice on two bread slices; layer with turkey, Swiss cheese, ham and remaining American cheese. Top with remaining bread; butter outsides of sandwiches.
  • Toast sandwiches in a skillet for 1-2 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted. Dust with confectioners' sugar; serve with jam.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 611 calories, 28g fat (14g saturated fat), 177mg cholesterol, 1241mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • wango
    Aug 8, 2011

    I feed 18 people breakfast. I made the sandwiches ahead and then baked them at 350* for about 20 minutes to melt the cheese. Rave reviews from everyone and it was so easy.

  • newhousewife10
    May 29, 2011

    My husband and I loved these sandwiches! We ate them with blackberry jam instead of raspberry and it was excellent. We make these every Sunday for lunch.

  • niceli
    Nov 11, 2010

    French toast marries grilled cheese. This is very sweet and tasty. A nice change on our dinner table that kids enjoyed too. I just grilled it rather than getting out the waffle iron.

  • KScales
    Nov 9, 2010

    We apologize for any confusion with this recipe. To clarify, all 4 slices of bread are dipped in the egg mixture and cooked in the waffle iron. Then, 2 of them are layered with the meat and cheese and topped with the remaining bread. After they're assembled, the outsides are spread with butter and they're toasted in a skillet to heat them through and melt the cheese.Taste of Home Test Kitchen

  • madcitykaren
    Nov 7, 2010

    I'm also confused by the instructions for the bread: are they first dipped in egg batter and then grilled ... and THEN buttered? (either before or after adding the meats/cheese layers) It sounds like a delicious recipe, but I'm not fully understanding the instructions as it relates to the bread.

  • joker'swild
    Nov 7, 2010

    This was great!

  • ogemagranny
    Nov 4, 2010

    REad the directions....first you dip two pieces of bread in a combo, and then fry it. Then you dip two pieces of bread and fill with ham, cheese, etc. and fry it...........???

  • LP52
    Nov 3, 2010

    It is high inn calories, so I'll only have it on special occasions. It is really, really delicious.

  • wombatt
    Nov 3, 2010

    No comment left

  • akaylee
    Mar 19, 2009

    this is still high calorie, but yummy!