Monte Cristo Sandwich

Total Time
35mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

A great brunch item! One of my husbands favorite filling, baked, french toast style, sandwiches filled with cheese, ham, turkey & mustard. Raspberry preserves is a must for him. Could be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a LESSER FAT Monte Cristo recipe being baked and not fried full of flavor! I also like to buy the low salt cold cuts or use fresh baked turkey leftovers sliced thin.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 slices bread (I use challah)
  • 4 teaspoons honey dijon mustard
  • 8 slices thin deli sliced swiss cheese
  • 8 slices thin deli ham
  • 8 slices thin deli sliced turkey (I like smoked)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk (low fat to try to keep it low in fat!)
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  • raspberry preserves, for dipping

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425°F.
  2. Lightly butter a baking sheet pan. I use the spray.
  3. Spread 1/2 teaspoon mustard on each slice of bread.
  4. Layer between mustard sides of two slices of bread, 1 slice cheese, 2 slices ham, 2 slices turkey, and another slice of cheese.
  5. Repeat to make four sandwiches. Whisk eggs, flour, butter, salt and pepper in a shallow dish until smooth.
  6. Blend in milk.
  7. DIP both sides of sandwiches into egg mixture until bread is lightly soaked.
  8. Place on baking sheet; drizzle any remaining egg mixture over top of sandwiches.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes until bottom is golden brown.
  10. Turn with wide spatula and continue baking 8-10 minutes or until second side is golden brown.
  11. Serve warm dusted with powdered sugar and dip or spread raspberry preserves on sandwiches.
  12. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Reviews

Most Helpful

A friend just asked me how to make a Monte Cristo, and I said I have a great baked recipe. I looked this up and realized I never reviewed it. I did pass the recipe on to her with a link and hope she makes it. It was delicious.

So my review. I love challah bread for this. Whole wheat for me, just doesn't work well. I loved the mustard, I used a a honey mustard which was really good. And definitely the jam. The raspberry jam is key and powdered sugar. That makes the dish. I used a roasted turkey and baked ham from the deli, so good meats really play an important roll. And I used baby swiss, it is just so sweet and mild.

Turned out perfect and wouldn't change a thing. I lined mine baking sheet with parchment and nothing stuck. It was easy and wonderful. I cut mine in quarters and served it family style with a big salad with dried fruit and a citrus dressing and a creamy potato/leek soup for dinner.

thx for a great classic!

SarasotaCook September 17, 2011

Delicious! Baking the Monte Cristo instead of frying was great, it came out golden brown and crisp on the outside. I made the honey dijon by combining honey and mustard.

EB212 August 14, 2011

I made this today and it was my first time eating a Monte Cristo. It was very good. I didn't have any raspberry preserves, so I dipped it in boysenberry syrup. I don't normally like sweet/savory combinations or things like bacon dipped in syrup, but it was very good. Will definitely make again!

**Sierra** January 11, 2011

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