Many of you know that my very favorite meal in Disneyland is at Cafe Orleans, where I always order the Monte Cristo sandwich. Well, on a recent visit, I decided I needed to give its sister sandwich — the Three-Cheese Monte Cristo — a try as well!
Let’s see how they fared…
Monte Cristo Sandwich
To make this indulgent creation, a savory combo of turkey, ham, and swiss cheese are battered and fried, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with a sweet-tart berry puree. Sounds simple enough, but the flavors are out of this world!
The saltiness of the meats and cheese are tempered slightly with that sweet powdered sugar (not too much!). But when the whole thing is dipped into that berry puree, the tartness gives the flavor another level entirely. And I love it!
Add in the light, airy texture of the fried batter, which takes on the oils and flavors of the meats and cheese, and you’ve got a serious winner. No wonder this has become an iconic menu item in Disneyland (also served over at Blue Bayou!).
While I can’t ever finish this sandwich on my own — that much flavor AND that much food make for a daunting meal — I still order it just about every visit!
Three-Cheese Monte Cristo
Now, if you think that’s decadent, just wait until you try the ALL-CHEESE version! Here the Swiss remains, but is joined by mozzarella and…wait for it…Double Creme Brie! Once again, this is battered and fried, doused in powdered sugar, and served with the same berry puree.
Now if you’re a cheese lover, this is your sammich. I was expecting it to be lacking in some way since it didn’t include the meat, but, in truth, this seems even more indulgent than the original Monte Cristo. The super-flavorful, oozingly melty cheese is over-the-top. Again, the fried batter melds with the cheese, taking on the flavor, but giving a strong, doughnut-like texture. (Cheese doughnut? Yes please.)
Pair it with that berry puree, and you’ve got the best fried cheese sandwich of all time.
So, I guess this was a bit of a tricky “duel” for me. I love them both, and can’t choose a favorite. Like I said, I thought going into the experiment that I would clearly choose that original sandwich, but the three-cheese is a valiant competitor! From now on, I’m going to have to start asking for a plate with half and half!
What do you think would be your favorite version of the Monte Cristo? Let us know in the comments below!