doughnut monte cristo sliders

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It’s bittersweet that Doughnut Week is almost at an end. Today marks the last official day of this week celebrating the doughnut (or donut, if you prefer). I want to go out with a bang and give you a recipe that may seem a bit over the top, but in reality it makes perfect, delicious sense. Let me introduce you to my Doughnut Monte Cristo Sliders.

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It’s true. This is the second doughnut sandwich that I’ve shared here on Jelly Toast, the first being my Maple Pork Donuts Sliders, and  I’m tempted to tell you that it is most likely the last. But I would never dare say something with such finality to only have to revoke those words in a few months when I share a doughnut BLT, or something. I can be a bit of a wildcard like that.

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Anyway, back to the sandwich at hand, the Monte Cristo. There’s a restaurant here in town that serves a totally killer Monte Cristo. This sandwich is fairly insane and oh, so wrong that it’s right. It starts as a huge ham, turkey and cheese sandwich on some type of light and fluffy bread. This bread is most definitely made from refined white flour, because nothing made with whole wheat could taste like this. I’m not knocking wheat bread, but you know what I’m saying.

It’s then, I can only assume, that it’s battered and deep fried, and dusted with an obscene amount of powdered sugar that it comes to resemble the most fabulous funnel cake you’ve ever seen. A funnel cake stuffed with ham, turkey and cheese. Sounds weird, but oh…my..gooosh…

Then they smother it with jam. That may be my favorite part. Either that or the cheese. Or the powdered sugar.

It’s like Sophie’s Choice.

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While brainstorming for my third recipe contribution for doughnut week, I got to thinking that a Doughnut Monte Cristo makes perfect sense. A doughnut is shaped like a bagel and bagels make rocking sandwiches. Plus, it’s got the sweetness that a Monte Cristo needs. Not to mention, powdered sugar is a doughnut’s best friend.

It makes me wonder why Monte Cristos haven’t always been made on doughnuts?

Well, they need to be from now on, because they’re simply awesome.

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And you know what else is awesome? Giveaways. Today, our Doughnut Week crew is sharing a chance to win your very own deep fryer (you know, for frying all your lovely doughnuts). Just fill out the widget below for your chance to win! Also don’t forget about Monday’s giveaway and Wednesday’s giveaway, because there is still time to enter!


Here are the rest of the amazing Friday Doughnut recipes that conclude this awesome week!

Happy Doughnut Week!!

Doughnut Monte Cristo Sliders

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes per sheet

Total Time: 20 minutes


4 plain doughnuts (I used cake doughnuts)
whole grain dijon mustard (as needed)
4 slices deli turkey
4 slices deli ham
4 slices Swiss chese
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
kosher salt (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1-2 tablespoons butter
powdered sugar and berry jam for serving


Slice doughnuts in half and spread cut sides with whole grain dijon mustard. Top 4 doughnut halves with turkey, ham and cheese and place other doughnut half on top. In a shallow bowl, beat together eggs, milk, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium high heat and melt the butter. Slowly dip each sandwich in egg mixture, flipping over to coat both sides. Fry sandwiches until golden brown, crisp and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Dust generously with powdered sugar and serve with berry jam.


January 17th, 2014

41 Responses to “doughnut monte cristo sliders”

  1. kita — January 17, 2014 @ 8:22 am (#)

    I have been waiting all week for these!!! They look awesome! Everything I had hoped for!

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:54 am (#)

      I’m so glad, Kita!! Thanks so much!

  2. Julie @ Table for Two — January 17, 2014 @ 8:24 am (#)

    I’m so speechless – these are absolutely AMAZING and the best creation ever!

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:54 am (#)

      Thank you, Julie!!

  3. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 17, 2014 @ 10:14 am (#)

    You are a beast! This is such an amazing creation!!

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:55 am (#)

      Lol, Thank you Katrina!!

  4. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 17, 2014 @ 10:59 am (#)

    Holy moly, I need that sandwich in my life, STAT.

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:55 am (#)

      Yes, you totally do!! Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie!

  5. Nutmeg Nanny — January 17, 2014 @ 11:29 am (#)

    YES! I have been waiting for 2 weeks for this recipe. I cannot wait to make these! They would have been perfect for the little crispy doughnuts I made a few days ago. Thank you so much for taking part in doughnut week…you’re the best!

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:53 am (#)

      I was nervous when everyone got excited because I was thinking ‘Oh man, these better live up to the hype!’ after one bite, I wasn’t too worried anymore, they were so good! I’m thrilled to have been included in Doughnut Week! Thanks so much for asking me :) You rock, lady!

  6. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — January 17, 2014 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    oh my gawd. insane and brilliant. freaking love this!

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:52 am (#)

      Thanks so much, Alice! I’m so glad you like them!

  7. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 17, 2014 @ 2:15 pm (#)

    Wow! Seriously… to dream up a sandwich is just crazy (crazy awesome) :)

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:51 am (#)

      Thanks, Rachel! :)

  8. Kate | Food Babbles — January 17, 2014 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    OK, really. You are just an evil GENIUS! I need this in my life as soon as humanly possibly. Honestly. This is wonderful. The Monte Cristo is like my all-time favorite sandwich and you just upped the ante. Seriously amazing.

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:51 am (#)

      Hehe, you crack me up, Kate! And I completely share your love of a Monte Cristo – It’s all these things that make no sense on paper, but together… :)

  9. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 17, 2014 @ 5:08 pm (#)

    These are just as outrageous as I thought they’d be when I first saw them. Brilliant, my dear. Brilliant!

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:50 am (#)

      AW, Thanks so much Gina!! It was such a natural combo I’m kicking myself for not doing it years ago!

  10. dina — January 17, 2014 @ 6:43 pm (#)

    i love monte cristo sandwiches. this would be another level of amazing!

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:49 am (#)

      Thanks, Dina! Monte Cristos are my fave! Anytime I see them on a menu I can’t help myself from ordering them :)

  11. Medha — January 17, 2014 @ 8:49 pm (#)

    Totally genius idea! I am drooling over your pictures of sandwich. Gorgeous pictures and blog – love it!

    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:48 am (#)

      Thanks so much, Medha!

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  13. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 18, 2014 @ 9:40 am (#)


    • Emily — January 18, 2014 @ 9:50 am (#)

      Thanks so much, Nicole!

  14. Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls — January 18, 2014 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    Oh. My. Goodness. I just about died and went into donut heaven. Seriously, I have no words for this: it’s just too perfect :) It has just landed on my “to bake” list.
    Have a lovely weekend!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

    • Emily — January 20, 2014 @ 12:42 pm (#)

      You’re so sweet, Ivana!! I’m so glad you like the looks of them and I truly hope that you love them as much as we did! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it!

  15. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 18, 2014 @ 1:03 pm (#)

    These are so FUN! I love that top photo, absolutely gorgeous.

  16. Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists — January 18, 2014 @ 8:37 pm (#)

    I can’t handle this, how delicious!

    • Emily — January 20, 2014 @ 12:41 pm (#)

      Thanks so much!! I’m glad you stopped by!

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  18. Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 19, 2014 @ 11:54 am (#)

    Monte Cristos are one of my all time favorite sandwiches – I love the sweet and savory and well, CARBS!! Homerun!

    • Emily — January 20, 2014 @ 12:40 pm (#)

      Ha! Thanks so much, Megan!!

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  20. Brooks — January 23, 2014 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    Hi Emily, this is my first visit to Jelly Toast, and with this dish I wonder why I hadn’t come around sooner. The use of the doughnut, as you surmised, is obvious yet innovative too. And there’s nothing more gratifying than to come up with a gem inspired by a favorite eating haunt. Utilitarian improvisation at its finest!

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