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Monte Cristo Sandwiches (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Monte Cristo Sandwich (photo coutesy of kimberlykv)

Traditionally a French recipe, this gluten-free recipe can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a finger food for any event. The yummy possibilities are endless. Baking time is 30 minutes, but preparation time is very minimal, and the results are so worth it!


  • 2 cups gluten-free pancake mix
  • ½  cup butter
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese - shredded
  • 12 slices gluten-free ham - thinly sliced 
  • 12 slices gluten-free turkey - thinly sliced 
  • 3/4  cup strawberry fruit spread (or fruit spread of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar - to sprinkle on top
  1. Heat
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    oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease an 8-by-8-inch square baking dish.
  3. Mix the pancake mix and the butter with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, add the milk, and stir with a fork.
  4. Put half the mixture in the bottom of your baking pan, then sprinkle on 1 cup mozzarella, 1/2 of the thinly sliced ham, then 1/2 of the thinly sliced turkey.
  5. Spread strawberry fruit spread on top spreading to within 1/2 inch of the edge, then layer the last half of the ham, then the last half of the turkey, then sprinkle on 1 cup mozzarella.
  6. Spread the rest of the baking mix on top, and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. When nicely browned remove from the oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  8. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
  9. Cut into wedges and enjoy. welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).

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30 May 2010 1:26:50 PM PDT
These looked so outstanding that I decided to make them this morning. And they were excellent, however, the pancake mix that I use has no powdered egg in it, and so, to make sure sure of a tender and not-too- dry product (pancakes usually have egg in them), I made the following changes

To the 2 cups of pancake mix (which I make according to the book "Gluten Free Quick & easy"), I added

only 4 T of butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1 C 1% milk
2 t of lemon juice (helps rising, and gives a tad of buttermilk flavor to the mix)

I also used all ham (I had no turkey on hand), lots of mozzarella, and chose cherry preserves because I thought it would go best with the ham.

Then of course the powdered sugar on top. This was super delicious! Thanks for the idea. This recipe is very adapatable.

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29 Jun 2010 4:22:37 PM PDT
This turned out terrible for me. I made it exactly as the recipe reads. I used Circle of Life Pancake mix. It wasn't done after 45 minutes. There was liquid bubbled up and made the bottom soggy...we only ate a little bit and threw the rest out. Very disappointed.

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29 Jun 2010 4:33:22 PM PDT
Hi Mandy,

I am sorry to hear you had a bad experience with this recipe. I recommend using a pancake mix that you know works. I also have had very bad luck with pancake mixes that did not cook at all, and I too had to throw out very promising pancakes that just wouldn't cook. Hallie seems to have had a good experience, maybe read her suggestions....


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15 Aug 2011 10:36:54 AM PDT
Haven't tried this, but we were just in Disneyland and asked the Chef at the Blue Bayou ahead of time if they could fix a gluten-free Monte Cristo for my son's for lunch. They did and it was delicious (rated by my son as the best GF meal he has ever had). I had to keep my wife from kissing the Chef.

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07 May 2013 8:10:15 PM PDT
Thank you so much! My mother is gluten-free and we were fretting about what she was going to eat when we go there this summer.


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30 Jul 2013 9:18:40 AM PDT
Sooooo what's the difference between ham and gluten-free ham? What's the difference between turkey and gluten-free turkey?

The answer is there is no difference. Gluten is found in wheat.

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25 Nov 2013 7:04:25 AM PDT
Actually, there is a huge difference between ham and gluten-free ham. A lot of glazes and flavorings contain gluten, and the meat itself may contain questionable ingredients or has been cross-contaminated. Do a little research before you think you know everything.

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