Bennigan’s Monte Cristo Sandwich – talk about guiding the lilly! This triple-decker deep-fried sandwich is served along with red raspberry preserves.
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Monte Cristo Sandwich Origin
The Monte Cristo sandwich is believed to be a variation on the French classic Croque Monsieur. This sandwich has many variations.
In the 1960s, Disney made it famous in the USA when it served it in its restaurants at Disneyland Anaheim. From there it spread throughout the country, changing to suit local tastes.
The Monte Cristo Sandwich recipe has evolved just like barbecue sauce. The recipe changes depending on the region of the USA.
Monte Cristo, however, is more commonly known as a sandwich made of fried cheese and ham.
It is usually dipped completely in a batter, and deep-fried either in butter or oil. Some variations are sweeter than others. Some people substitute the ham with sliced Turkey.
In certain parts of the US this is a closed grilled sandwich. In other places, the sandwich is open with only the bread fried.