Healthier Monte Cristo: Secret way to make this comfort food better for you

Scratch Kitchen shares tricks to make this traditionally fried food less fat-filled

Love Monte Cristo sandwiches but don't want all the added fat from frying? Scratch Kitchen has an easy trick to help make this comfort food a little more calorie-conscious. Watch the video for the cooking secret.

SAN ANTONIO – Love Monte Cristo sandwiches but don’t want all the added fat from frying? Becky Medellin, of Scratch Kitchen, has an easy trick to help make this comfort food a little more calorie-conscious: grill it.

What you’ll need:

  • White bread
  • Sliced turkey
  • Sliced ham
  • Sliced Havarti cheese
  • Dijon mustard
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • Raspberry jam or sauce


Assemble the sandwich with bread, Dijon mustard, turkey, ham and Havarti cheese. Whip up a French toast batter with eggs, milk, a little cinnamon and sugar. Immerse the sandwich in the French toast batter.

Grill prep a panini press, indoor grill or a griddle with butter. Cook the sandwich with your cooking tool of choice. Flip after a few minutes and grill on the other side.

Serve with homemade raspberry sauce or raspberry jam for dipping.

Healthier Monte Cristo at Scratch Kitchen. (Scratch Kitchen 2021)

You can make your own at home or try Scratch Kitchen’s version. The restaurant’s menus are available here.

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About the Authors:

Diana Winters is a San Antonio-area native, Emmy award-winning and GLAAD-nominated journalist and baker who loves the Alamo City. She is the executive producer of SA Live, creator of South Texas PRIDE and co-creator of Texas Eats.

John has worked his way through the ranks at SA Live. He started as an intern with the show in 2015, and joined the team full time as a photographer in 2017.