Monte Cristo Sliders are an appetizer or meal made with King’s Hawaiian Rolls layered with meats and cheeses and topped with confectioners’ sugar and dipped in raspberry preserves. For the full sandwich, be sure to check out my Monte Cristo Sandwich! Or, on the lighter side, give my Monte Cristo Salad a try.
Monte Cristo Sliders
Sliders are a great appetizer that could also be a meal. I have a few slider recipes, including Cheeseburger Sliders, Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders, and Ham and Cheese Sliders, just to name a few. These Monte Cristo Sliders were based on the Monte Cristo sandwich that was made famous by the restaurant, Bennigan’s. The sweet and savory sandwich is deep-fried, but these sliders are baked in the oven.
Rolls: In all of my slider recipes, I use King’s Hawaiian Rolls. The super soft and slightly sweet rolls bake beautifully and are the perfect complement to all the different flavors of the sliders. I also have a homemade recipe for Hawaiian Rolls you could make and use.
Meats: I layered both turkey deli meat and honey ham deli meat on the sliders. You could also use leftover turkey and ham.
Cheeses: Mild cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese were the kinds of cheese I chose to use; you could substitute your favorite cheeses.
Toppings: To give the sliders the sweetness that the sandwich is known for, confectioners’ sugar is sprinkled on top of the sliders after being baked. Then, raspberry preserves are served as a dipping sauce for even more sweetness. Keep in mind that you (and/or your guests) may also love the sliders without any added toppings. It’s easy to leave that out if you are just craving a savory bite.
What to Serve with Sliders
If you are serving the sliders as a meal, be sure to include a side dish or two. Mashed potatoes would complement the sliders really well. You could also serve them with homemade french fries, air fryer tater tots, or even homemade potato chips. Add a vegetable like green beans or asparagus to round out the meal.
How to Store Sliders
These are best eaten the day you make them, but if you have leftovers you can store them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. I like to wrap them in aluminum foil and then place them in a sealable plastic bag. When you are ready to reheat, I recommend the air fryer or oven for best results. The microwave works, but the bread will be soggy.
MAKE AHEAD: These sliders can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for up to three months. Simply assemble the sandwiches according to the recipe, but hold off on adding the topping. Wrap the sandwiches tightly in plastic wrap and freeze. When you are ready, take them out of the freezer, bring them to room temp, and add the confectioners sugar, grab the raspberry preserves, and you are ready to bake!
More Slider Recipes
Monte Cristo Sliders
- 12 King's Hawaiian sweet rolls
- 6 slices mild cheddar cheese
- 1 pound roasted turkey deli meat
- 1 pound honey ham deli meat
- 6 slices Swiss cheese
- ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter, melted
- confectioners' sugar, for topping
- red raspberry preserves, for dipping
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Split the rolls in half. Place the bottom halves of the rolls in the prepared baking dish.
- Top with the slices of cheddar cheese, roasted turkey, honey ham, and finally, Swiss cheese.
- Place the top halves of the buns on top.
- Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
- Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes (or until the tops of the sliders turn a golden brown).
- Remove from oven. Allow the sliders to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve warm with raspberry preserves for dipping.
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I like these better than the original fried version. Perfect for a quick Friday night dinner. And will be packing the few leftovers to take to the beach tomorrow for lunch.
I love Monte Cristo’s. My very first one was 30 years ago and it was served with sour cream in the preserves. It was sweet but provided a little relief from the sweetness. I’m going to try your recipe, soon.
Everyone loved these!
How far in advance could you make these for a party?
Deep fried is much better
Yes, and my recipe is the best. https://iamhomesteader.com/monte-cristo-sandwich/
This is just a slider version.
Love monte Cristos we out a mayo/mustard mix on them as well and only use swiss cheese. And dip in strawberry sauce/preserves instead. Super yum! Usually use french toast as the bread but will have to try it this way!
What do you think about spreading the preserves inside the sandwiches before baking?
We did not like that when testing… but you can sure try! If you like hot preserves it might work great for you. 🙂
Amanda, we like adding raspberry preserves or jam inside the bun before baking! We don’t do the powdered sugar, but the preserves give it that little bit of sweetness with the savory.
This is JUST IN TIME!! I have family coming in two weeks – we’ll be 6 adults and 7 kids. I’m going to make ALL your sliders. Thank you for making my life easier!
Do you have a recipe for the type of rolls you are using? I’m in Australia so not able to buy these.
I have read lots of good things about these rolls though, they are kind of sweet I believe?
A fellow Jesus honouring mature lady from Down Under
Hello Teresa! I do have a recipe. However, you can use whatever roll you have available and prefer. 🙂 https://iambaker.net/hawaiian-rolls/