Who says Disneyland is just for kids?  Okay so the inspiration for this recipe did NOT come from a happy hour at a bar at all.  It honestly came from one of the restaurants in Disneyland by the Pirate’s of the Caribbean ride.  I of course did not have the monte cristo sandwich because it was not vegan, but my brother sure seemed like he enjoyed it (jerk) and I was admittedly jealous of his fried sandwich…

…so I decided to make my own vegan monte cristo later that week at home.  PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT!!  I’ve got to say though, that it is definitely NOT good that I have gone so far as to fry an entire sandwich.  It gave me all sorts of confidence that I can fry just about anything.  My head got pretty big and I half jokingly told wife-unit that I would fry a piece of pizza next.  She laughed and said something that I didn’t really hear because…

Vegan Monte Cristo Sandwiches (makes 2 sammiches)

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 egg replacer equivalent of 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1 3/4 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 slices of soft sandwich bread
  • 4 slices of ‘ham’ vegan deli meat
  • 4 slices of ‘turkey’ vegan deli meat
  • 4 slices mozzarella Daiya (this recipe will be difficult to do with shredded but is def do-able because I’ve done it)
  • 1 tbsp organic powdered sugar
  • Raspberry/your favorite jam (optional but…YUM)
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • toothpicks

Heat the vegetable oil in a pan to 350 degrees.

Mix the first five ingredients in a medium/large mixing bowl and set aside.

Put the sandwiches together like so: bread, vegan ham, daiya, vegan turkey, bread.  Cut each sandwich into quarters and put a toothpick through each to hold it together.

Dip each quarter sandwich into the batter and completely coat.  Fry the sandwiches in the oil until lightly browned and then set on a paper towel covered plate to cool.

REMOVE THE TOOTHPICKS!!!!  Because you don’t want to eat those.

Lightly dust the tops of the sandwiches with the powdered sugar.  If you choose to, and I recommend it, top each sandwich with a light layer of jam and then eat while still warm.  SO GOOD!



  1. Abby says:

    Oh. No. You. Didn’t.

  2. Oh. I. Did. Its like a doughnut encased sandwich, which is grand.

  3. Mo says:

    Okay. I totally have to make this now!

  4. Mandee says:

    I’ve never had a Monte Cristo but now I want one! And your posts are so entertaining, love ‘em!

  5. Torni says:

    Awesome. As are all these other recipes you’ve posted. I can’t wait to try some of these… btw… I have tried battered/deep fried pizza before many years ago. It’s actually really nice!! Albeit, it’s stupidly fattening but… yeah now my mouth is watering. They call it the pizza crunch… Why not make a vegan recipe for it? =)

  6. Tim Barker says:

    There is a rule that things that taste great are not healthy and things that taste horrible are very good for you. I am certain that there are no exceptions to this rule. However, this “sandwich” has taken things to the extreme. Not only does it require fake meat but includes jam and sugar and then deep fried. This must have more calories and badness than the baddest fattest Bigmac burger. I applaud your bravery, lets show the carnivors what we can do. I wish I was still in my teens and had the courage and conviction not only to make such a monster, but to eat it. By law it must taste so, so good. At first I was physically shocked, but now I am jealous.

    In Scotland they deep fry Snickers bars and Ice-cream, but I guess that is old hat now Why not go the whole hog and make a deep fried pizza recipe. With chips of course!

    Go on! lets break-away from this organic lentil carob cup cake raw salad vegan image. Lets have some food with balls!

    Is this xtreme-vegan cuisine?

  7. Me says:

    Pre-vegan I indulged in the actual Blue Bayou Monte Cristo :cue angelic singing: and was really bummed I wouldn’t be able to partake on our upcoming trip to Disneyland. But now I can make my own fried sandwich, roll it in powdered sugar, and dip it in jam! Sweet! And fried!

  8. This looks super delicious. I am excited to have a taste of this.

  9. Robin says:

    Refined sugar and powdered sugar contain bone ash – not vegan. But this is certainly something I would love to try some day!

  10. Caz says:

    Robin, everyone kind of hates people like you. I’m sure there are vegan options for both refined sugar and powdered sugar in the USA, just like there are in the UK.

  11. Lala says:

    Caz, so true! Also- I can’t wait to make this.

  12. Katie says:

    I just made these!!! OMG!!! So rich and it totally ruined my diet =P

  13. amy lynn says:

    Oh. My. Dog.

    I just bet myself 20 bucks there wouldn’t be a vegan Monte Cristo on the web! :) Oh my gosh, the deep-fat fried version (with “dipping sauce” – i think it was just pancake syrup ;-)) of my teens for grown-ups. Yummly!

    I glanced up and saw the notes about sugar, and yes there are vegan sugars! :) It is so bizarre to me that sugar is still cut with bone. I mean, we have cars that park themselves. Why can’t a machine or a human with a ….whateveri’msleepy do it? :D

    Thanks for the recipe – this is extremely tempting!

  14. amy lynn says:

    Ooof – sorry about the excessive smilage. My pain meds just kicked in (:

  15. amy lynn says:

    @Caz, wow that was mean & unnecessary. :(

    I think Robin is just sharing knowledge for people who are new to eating this way. I have felt looked down on and left out in vegan groups because i’m new – it’s way more harmful & hurtful to put people down like that :( Many of us eat this way because we love animals, it should be taken for granted that we can be kind to each other. :/

  16. Pink says:

    No, Amy Lynn, I don’t believe Caz was being mean and unnecessary. Even if he was, the internet is full of the mean and unnecessary. People like Robin are the reason I have to specify about the sugar EVERY TIME I POST A RECIPE. If a new vegan hasn’t found the 26 billion references online I don’t think one more in the comments sections is going to do it.

  17. AFav says:

    Thank You! As a very new vegan I was invite to dinner at a steakhouse (smh) with my family to celebrate my sister’s birthday and say the monte cristo on the menu and was like NO! I loved this dish as a meat eater but refuse to go back and now i don’t have too. I could careless about calories I just want to be happy and full!

  18. Lé Russe says:

    First of all, WoW. Finally a vegan monte cristo. I will have to make that sometime. Might be having a ’50′s party, I should make these if I have it. About the powdered sugar thing. I just put raw sugar in a coffee grinder for 10 seconds and voilà. Vegan powdered sugar.
    ~Lé Russe~

  19. cathy taylor says:

    oh yum, I am so full I cannot move. Will have to halve the recipe next time. And make the batter just a touch thinner.
    I am so glad I found this recipe. I found a few others but will probably never use them as this one is perfect.
    I used daiya cheddar slices and shredded mozzarella. Not again, mozzarella only.
    Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

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  24. Lawn says:

    Making this for Thanksgiving Brunch with Cranberry Jam! wish me luck :-)

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