Disney has been on a roll sharing once-top-secret theme park recipes with fans: cookie fries, churros, beignets, Dole whip, grilled cheese, chocolate chip cookies and now, a Monte Cristo sandwich that’s been on Disneyland's Blue Bayou restaurant menu for more than 50 years.
According to the Disney fan club D23, the cajun and creole restaurant has been serving the sandwich since 1967, making upwards of 200 sandwiches a day for patrons of the park. Eventually, it became so popular that guests could request a printout of the recipe.
Now, you can make the sweet and savory breakfast dish at home, without a trip to the theme park. D23 was kind enough to share both the original recipe cards handed out to guests, as well as an updated version that’s slightly more indulgent and calls for challah bread. (For the uninitiated, a Monte Cristo is kind of like a ham and cheese sandwich crossed with French toast that's also battered and deep-fried, which is pretty rich in and of itself.)
The best part? You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already. Aside from ham, turkey and Swiss cheese, the sandwich calls for bread, all-purpose flour, eggs, salt, baking powder, oil for frying and toppings like confectioners’ sugar and preserves. Assemble the sandwich, dip it in batter, give it a quick dip in hot oil and enjoy. In the words of Ina Garten, how easy is that?
Head to D23 to find the full recipe and detailed instructions, then block out an hour on Saturday for brunch (and a nap).