Gigi’s Monte Carlo Sammie


Before I get started let me just say that this is one AMAZING sandwich. It’s right up there with my love for my strawberry nutella panino & that’s saying a lot.

Hubs & I were eating at Gigi’s one day & I was looking over all of his open face sammies for lunch & saw the Monte Carlo (spotlight coming down & music playing now) and after I read through all of the ingredients I knew I had to try it.

This sandwich really is tre magnifique! This is a flavor combination that I would have not imagined putting together myself but it works & works insanely well! I can’t properly describe in words how good this sandwich is.

In case you’re wondering, in order to get the zucchini & fennel super thin I used my Mandolin. There would have been no way for me to cut that by hand that way. Also, in the picture above I used sunflower seeds instead of walnuts (hey, I didn’t have any in the pantry that day.) I’m a firm believer in using what you have on hand!

I really do want to thank Stephan for letting me share his creation here with you. Merci’ beaucoup Stephan!

If you’re ever in the area I really hope you’ll stop by Gigi’s Bistro. It’s a must. You might even see me in there LOL! If you stop by, be sure to tell Stephan, “Bonjour” & that Paula sent you!

Bon Appetit!

(Please pardon my French -sorry couldn’t resist- if I spelled anything incorrectly, I do only speak English & Italian after all. Mwah!)

What you’ll need:
Focaccia Bread
1/2 lb of thinly sliced deli Ham
1 fennel bulb – cored & sliced thin
1 zucchini – sliced thin
1 small package of chopped walnuts
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 lemon juice
1-2 avocados
extra virgin olive oil

What to do:
Toast your Focaccia bread slightly and cut it on the diagonal. In a bowl, smoosh your avocado with a fork & add a squeeze of lemon juice. Spread the avocado on the Focaccia bread. Add a few slices of ham. Add a slice of zucchini, a mint leaf & then some sliced fennel. Top with a sprinkling of walnuts. Drizzle olive oil on top & a little s/p!

Bon Appetit!



  1. 1

    So beautiful! Anything with avocado will call my name 🙂

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  3. 3

    This looks like the healthier version of a monte carlo. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. 4

    mmm, those fresh flavors are great for a summer meal

  5. 5

    Looks delicious Paula. I’m glad you recreated this at home (and shared it with us!). I gotta say, though, those Nutella & strawberry panini are hard to beat 🙂

  6. 6

    You got right with the French! Only the ‘é’ was missing but you don’t have the keyboard for it 🙂 This sandwich looks great! My husband and I have declared Sunday evenings ‘the Home-made sandwich night’ but since then we didn’t have the time to make any… But promise, next time, it would be yours!

  7. 7

    Looks and sounds great!

  8. 8

    Beautiful! What a great combination of flavors.

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    Christy B /

    Dang girl! Those zucchinis are cut so thin my hubby thought they were cukes!

    Looks delish! Can’t wait to give it a go.

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    Jeffrie Price /

    Looks really yummy! and light, not heavy like traditional Monte Cristo Sammy…also gorgeous photo presentation on the sammie!

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    Jeffrie /

    Looks really yummy! and light, not heavy like traditional Monte Cristo Sammy…also gorgeous photo presentation on the sammie!

  12. 12

    That looks like a refreshing sandwich!

  13. 13

    This looks too good to be true! And if Paula says that this is right up there with her Strawberry Nutella Panino, I trust her. Maybe this will be lunch tomorrow!

  14. 14

    Hi Paula,
    this is a nice way of having sandwich. I also tried out an egg sandwich a couple of days back, you may wish to have a look at it (, you can also sent it to the sandwich event hosted by Divya at

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    Lorelee Villaflor /

    i like that

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    You’re French is fine, I often get lazy & don’t put in accented letter 🙂

    Sandwich looks delish! Must say, never or saw one of these when I lived in France, but that won’t stop me from trying this!!

    Beautiful website and great recipes. I’ll be back (for seconds)….

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