Recipe: Healthy Monte Cristo Sandwich

Ahh, Bennigan’s. I miss Bennigan’s restaurant so much. There were seriously a lot of things I loved there. The White Chocolate Chill Out dessert was at the top of the list before they stopped selling it. And the appetizers… fried asiago, potato skins, chicken tenders, southwest eggrolls… all amazing.  There was also an insane sandwich I would occasionally get called the Monte Cristo. If you’ve ever seen this thing, it is completely crazy.  A HUGE, battered and fried sandwich dusted with powdered sugar. Yeah, seriously bad.  However, the basic concept is pretty simple to recreate in a less heart-attack inducing reproduction.

Here’s my lower calorie Monte Cristo sandwich. No, it’s not as awesome as the fried version. But, it still beats a typical ham and cheese.


Light Monte Cristo Sandwich

2 slices bread (healthy bread would be better, but any will do)
3 thin slices deli ham
3 thin slices deli turkey
1 slice american cheese (reduced fat)
1 slice swiss cheese (reduced fat)
1-2 tbsp sugar free raspberry (or other flavor) jam
1/4 cup egg beaters


  • Spray a skillet with Pam and heat to medium.
  • Dip one side of each slice of bread in egg beaters and cook on the skillet until golden brown.
  • Remove one slice, dip the other side and put it egg side down. Layer the meat and cheese on top of the egg battered side of bread.
  • Dip the other side of the second slice of bread and place it on top of the sandwich, egg side up.
  • Flip the sandwich over when the bottom is golden and cook a few more minutes until the cheese is melty.
  • Serve with sugar free jam for dipping.

I used blackberry jam since that’s what I have on hand at the moment. This also goes well with honey mustard if you aren’t crazy about fruit with savory meals. And I served it with a nectarine. My sandwich, with regular white bread, came in around 350 calories (I used a partial slice of swiss). Not too bad at all for a fancier lunch.


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