Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Monte Cristo

The Monte Cristo sandwich, also known as the French Toasted Ham and Cheese sandwich, is believed to have originated in the United States in the 1930s. It is a variation of the classic French croque-monsieur sandwich, which is typically made with ham and Gruyere cheese. The Monte Cristo sandwich is usually made with ham, turkey, or chicken and Swiss cheese, and is usually deep fried. This air fried version offers a healthier twist on the classic sandwich.

Air Fried Monte Cristo

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: MainCuisine: American
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A delicious twist on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich, made healthier by air frying instead of deep frying. Perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner option.


  • 8 slices bread

  • 4 slices deli ham

  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • Lay out 4 slices of bread and top each with a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss cheese.
  • Top with remaining 4 slices of bread to make sandwiches.
  • Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture, making sure to coat all sides.
  • Place sandwiches in air fryer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Flip sandwiches over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  • Brush melted butter over the tops of the sandwiches and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until bread is crispy.
  • Serve hot with a side of raspberry jam for dipping if desired.


  • Can use any type of bread, but thicker bread works best for this recipe.
  • Feel free to substitute turkey or chicken for the ham if desired.
  • Serve with a side of raspberry jam for dipping if desired.

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