Monte Cristo Pancakes
Ever had a monte cristo sandwich? You’ve never had one like this – these Monte Cristo Pancakes have pancakes instead of bread, with a filling of ham, cheese, and raspberry jam.
I’ve had quite a few phenomenal monte cristos in my day. There’s something about the salty/savory combined with the sweet that draws me to the dish, and I’ve ordered it at many brunches – the sandwich at Milk in Barcelona is amazing, and Dirty Oscar’s Annex in Tacoma, Washington also makes a great one.
Traditionally, a monte cristo is a sandwich of ham, a good melting cheese (typically gruyere), and jam. The whole sandwich is then dipped in a french toast-like egg wash, and grilled to melt the cheese and griddle the bread. Sometimes, it gets a good sprinkle of powdered sugar as well.
YUM, I know. It’s pretty heavenly, and the blend of flavors is nothing short of irresistible. I’m a big proponent of salty with my sweet, so it’s totally my kind of dish. So…now imagine that amazingness, and replace the bread with PANCAKES. I did it, and it rocked.
I love coming up with recipes for Krusteaz, because they’re products make it so easy that I can go a little crazy with how I use them. This use for their pancakes may be my favorite thing I’ve come up with yet. The pancakes come together so fast, and once they’re made, it’s just a matter of assembling the sandwiches, dipping, and griddling.
The egg wash is SO simple – just milk, egg, and cinnamon. You have to be careful as you dip the constructed sandwiches in the egg wash, but it’s not too difficult to keep together. A few minutes on the grill melts the cheese just enough and just barely toasts the outside of the pancakes.
I served these with a quick dusting of powdered sugar and some maple syrup. Also, these keep amazingly well. I made these during the day and kept the rest for my roommate to have after she got home from work. 45 seconds in the microwave and they were as good as they were right off the griddle! My kind of recipe.
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Monte Cristo Pancakes
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 pancake sandwiches 1x
- Category: Breakfast
For the pancakes
- 1½ cups Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- 1 cup water
For the filling
- 4 slices gruyere or good melting cheese
- 4 slices ham (thinly sliced)
- 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
For egg wash
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Heat pancake griddle or pan to 375°F. Lightly grease griddle. Whisk together pancake mix and water. Batter will be slightly lumpy. (Do not overmix.) Let batter stand 2 minutes. Pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto griddle. You should have 8 pancakes.
- Cook pancakes 1- 1 1/4 minutes per side, or until golden brown, turning only once. Let pancakes cool.
- Spread 1/2 tablespoon of raspberry jam on half of the pancakes. Top the raspberry jam with a slice of cheese and a slice of ham. Top with another pancake.
- In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon. Carefully dip one pancake sandwich into the egg mixture, coating both sides. Place on the hot skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until the outsides are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Repeat with all pancakes. Serve warm, dusted with powdered sugar.
These pancakes are genius, Rachel! I really want to reach through my screen and grab this plate for breakfast. Monte Cristos are one of my favorite sandwiches, so I can only imagine how delicious this must taste in pancake form! Yum!
Thank you Gayle!! They’re one of my faves too :) you’d love these!
Um, no way. You did NOT just make monte cristos into breakfast pancake form. My mind is BLOWN, Rachel! These pancakes are every single kind of awesome! Drooling over here. :)
Thank you, Sarah!!
I love this! The whole sweet and savory concept is genius! These pancakes are mouthwatering.
Rachel, these look so good!! Fantastic idea and beautiful pictures.
You get the creative food award today! I’ve seen this as a sandwich, of course, but never gorgeously presented in pancake form. Wow!
What a creative and delicious idea! And all that melty cheese. Yum! This is brilliant!
These are amazing, as soon as I saw the post I got a huge smile on my face like a kid on Christmas morning. You’re right the sweet and salty combo is amazing and I love that you used raspberries! Pinned. Take care.
Thanks for your sweet comment and the pin, Stacey!! :D
Love the idea of savory pancakes- so yum!
Yum, what a unique creation! I love monte-cristo sandwiches, and the pancakes make the best “bread” ever!
Omg, what a great idea to use pancakes!! I don’t know that I’ve ever actually had a monte cristo sandwich, but I have got to try one now. Perfect brunch food! Pinned :)
What a geat idea, using pancakes to make a savory dish! Pinned
Honestly, I’ve never had a monte cristo sandwich and I have no idea why! The flavors sound amazing and I love sweet and savory. I need to give this a try!
What a creative idea! These pancakes look incredible!
Monte cristos are the jam, but using pancakes as the bread??! Seriously genius, girlfriend! These look unbelievably delicious! Drool fest over here! Cheers, dear! ;)
I love that you used pancakes as bread! SUCH an ingenious idea, and totally works for breakfast or breakfast for dinner!!
Oh gosh, I love this! : ) Looks so tasty and such a creative spin on a monte cristo!
What am amazing recipe! These turned out beautifully! I added sliced turkey as well as a touch of dijon to the ham side of the pancake. Delicious!
So glad you’re loving them, Michelle!
I’ve been thinking about these babies ever since you first sneak-peeked them on snapchat! They sound soooo good! I love Monte Cristos, and this is just even better!
Drooling over here!
These pancakes are completely brilliant! I love the monte cristo spin – so creative and they look incredible!
Just when I thought a Monte Cristo sandwich couldn’t get any better, you made it waaaaaaay better. Genius to replace the bread with pancakes and totally makes sense since I usually eat one of these for brunch. Yummy :)