Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich

Marla Meridith

November 24, 2010



Homemade Monte Cristo with Turkey, Cranberry Sauce & Brie Cheese

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Homemade Monte Cristo with Turkey, Cranberry Sauce & Brie Cheese

Please don’t get all purist on me. I did look up the exact definition of a Monte Cristo and I realize it is an egg-battered sandwich with Swiss cheese and ham. I am working with creative liberties here. In this Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich I used turkey & brie. If you want to swap those out and use ham & swiss be my guest. One thing is for certain, my version of the Monte Cristo will make you very happy.

Pieces of leftover Thanksgiving turkey for sandwich.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you would know that I am a huge fan of  these high protein, crispy on the outside-soft on the inside  “fried” sandwiches. My friend Barbara from Modern Comfort Food has said these sandwiches have become my signature dish!

When I say fried I mean a pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray, blasted on medium high heat. The egg whites create a nice little crust on the outsides of the sandwich. It becomes toasty & the cheese melts, but this stays light-with a flavor guarantee!

Ingredients for Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich

Go ahead & try my Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich & let me know what you think. I even had one for breakfast with a big side of cranberry dipping sauce. This sweet & savory combo is a keeper that we will enjoy all year long for lunch & dinners (breakfast too.) A great way to use up those holiday ingredients and you can pack it easily in your lunchbox too.

Homemade Monte Cristo with Turkey, Cranberry Sauce & Brie Cheese

I am curious, what would have you named this Thanksgiving leftover extravaganza?

Homemade Monte Cristo with Turkey, Cranberry Sauce & Brie Cheese

Note: at first this was going to be a panini, but Cookin’ Canuck beat me to it!

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Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich

serves 1 – simply adjust ingredients to make more

NOTES

  • I love to use Ezekiel sprouted grain bread – it is full of fiber & nutrients & tastes great especially toasted in a pan.
  • You can re-heat & brown your turkey breast in a little bit of butter or olive oil & garlic salt first if you wish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pieces Ezekiel or your favorite Whole Wheat Bread
  • 2 ounces sliced Turkey Breast
  • 1 ounce Brie cheese, broken into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Cranberry Sauce
  • a layer of roasted Sweet Potatoes (or a few tablespoons of leftover Sweet Potato Casserole)
  • 2 ounces egg whites
  • pinch of Garlic Salt
  • pinch of Cracked Black Pepper
  • pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • a few pinches of chopped fresh Rosemary
  • Cooking Spray

METHOD

Spray a small non stick skillet with cooking spray & heat over medium high heat. Put egg whites in a shallow bowl large enough to dip sandwich. Add a pinch of garlic salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Whisk to combine.

Assemble sandwich. On each slice of bread put a tablespoon of cranberry sauce, 1/2 of the brie cheese. Add the turkey, to one side and the sweet potatoes to the other. Sprinkle with a little rosemary. Carefully combine both halves of the sandwich & gently press together. Dip both sides in egg whites until absorbed. Heat sandwich in the pan a few minutes on each side until it is nicely browned & cheese is melted. You can press gently with a spatula to help it stick together.

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    Variations

    • Again if you are looking for a more traditional Monte Cristo use ham & swiss cheese.
    • Add a layer of baby spinach leaves to get some extra veggies in your meal.
    • Goat cheese, feta or cream cheese would be tasty in this too.
    • This would be great with chicken breast or pork.

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    49 Comments
    • Jenny Flake
      Posted at 08:14h, 24 November

      Wow, I am in my car right now (not driving, lol) drooling for this awesome Sammy! Bring it on girl!! Yummy!

      • Marla
        Posted at 08:18h, 24 November

        Jenny: I am very happy you are not driving as you typed that message. Happy Thanksgiving to you girl!

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    • Rosa
      Posted at 08:23h, 24 November

      Great links! That sammie looks to die for.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      Cheers,

      Rosa

    • Barbara Bakes
      Posted at 08:25h, 24 November

      This is a great idea for turkey leftovers. I’ve been wanting to make monte cristo sandwiches at home.

    • Heather (Heather's Dish)
      Posted at 08:49h, 24 November

      PERFECT for leftovers…my husband might just send you a virtual hug and kiss 🙂

    • Maria
      Posted at 08:54h, 24 November

      Josh will love this sandwich! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • the urban baker
      Posted at 09:07h, 24 November

      i love a good monte cristo sandwich. it was my FAVORITE growing up and my mom and i would search the city for the best one! i love your contemporary take on it! Happy TG! xx

    • Esi
      Posted at 10:07h, 24 November

      Great way to use up leftovers. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Mariko
      Posted at 10:26h, 24 November

      Well that is ingenious. I would definitely call that a Monte Cristo. Even better idea to put it on Ezekiel bread. I love ezekiel bread but usually only have it as toast. I will make this. Yes, I will.

    • judy
      Posted at 10:45h, 24 November

      marla, wow, I love that sandwich idea. I will have to try it after my Thanksgiving meal settles down. smile

    • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
      Posted at 11:53h, 24 November

      You’ve got me super excited for turkey day and already looking forward to the leftovers! This sandwich looks wonderful, Marla. Full of flavor! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Maria @ Scandifoodie
      Posted at 12:51h, 24 November

      That looks so luxurious and delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Cookin' Canuck
      Posted at 13:31h, 24 November

      Another fantastic sandwich, Marla! The layer of sweet potatoes is brilliant. Thanks so much for linking to my sandwich (& your funny comment).

      • Marla
        Posted at 15:18h, 24 November

        Dara: Now I just need to get to Utah for all of your amazing recipes for the holidays. You truly inspire girl!

        Georgia: I think I am more excited about the leftovers than the actual meal!

        Mariko: Thanks for confirming that I can call this a Monte Cristo. I feel much better now.

        Susan: Miss Contemporary. Thats me 🙂

    • Anna Johnston
      Posted at 17:34h, 24 November

      This looks amazing, the brie would go so well with these ingredients too. Monte Cristo works great for me to name this little baby 😉

    • Deborah
      Posted at 20:38h, 24 November

      I’ll be saving some of those Thanksgiving leftovers just so I can make one of these sandwiches! Yum!

    • Cherine
      Posted at 22:57h, 24 November

      Oh this sandwich is to die for!!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Angie's Recipes
      Posted at 01:29h, 25 November

      I love the sandwich! Please just give me the leftovers!

      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Angie

    • Paula
      Posted at 05:13h, 25 November

      what a delicious looking combo!

      have a nice time,
      Paula

    • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
      Posted at 07:52h, 25 November

      Great way to use up Thanksgiving left overs! Thanks Marla.

      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family today.

    • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
      Posted at 07:59h, 25 November

      This looks fabulous!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

    • A Canadian Foodie
      Posted at 10:44h, 25 November

      Marla! You have so much fun in the kitchen and it is so apparent: your papers, and wrappers and beautiful sandwich and cranberries… all SO gorgeous and delicious looking… and I know I can count on the nutritious part.
      YUM.
      🙂
      Valerie

    • Kristen
      Posted at 13:41h, 25 November

      That looks like one amazing sandwich! Wow!

    • Sonia{7spice}
      Posted at 16:20h, 25 November

      Sandwich couldn’t be better than this! such a beautiful presentation. Your pic is getting more and more photogenic. 🙂

      Happy Thanksgiving, Marla (& your family too)!! 🙂

    • The Duo Dishes
      Posted at 18:42h, 25 November

      Yesss! Love the way leftovers can be used in other dishes. Dinner for breakfast is the way to do it.

    • Nahomi Horton
      Posted at 20:14h, 25 November

      How about the “crispy pilgrim” as a name? Looks delicious but I’m afraid in
      both of my family thanksgiving dinners there is hardly a sliver of turkey left over…but it might be worth roasting turkey the rest of the year….

      • Marla
        Posted at 04:14h, 26 November

        Nahomi: You are hilarious! The “crispy pilgrim” is both intriguing & perhaps a bit daunting for a pilgrim 😉 I love your creativity – that suggestion will not be forgotten! I think leftovers are my favorite part of parties & holiday meals. They even taste better the next day, ya know. Maybe that is because all we need to do is reach in the fridge & re-heat!

        Grace: I squeeze those sweet potatoes in every chance I get!

        Duo Dishes: Dinner for breakfast. Breakfast for dinner – it’s all good!

        Sonia: Thanks for your sweet compliment. I am hard at work trying to up the quality of my food styling & photos all the time.

    • grace
      Posted at 22:59h, 25 November

      you even squeezed the sweet potatoes in there–awesome!

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    • Joanne
      Posted at 05:28h, 26 November

      Not gonna lie, with all of these Thanksgiving flavors, I’d much rather have this than a traditional Monte Cristo. I love making “fried” sandwiches on my George Foreman. Zero extra calories with all of that crispy on the outside goodness.

      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Marla!

    • Faith
      Posted at 07:03h, 26 November

      Oh my goodness, you know I’ll be making this beauty today! Looks gorgeous, Marla! And I have to say, I absolutely love taking creative liberties in the kitchen too…that’s what makes cooking fun, right? 😉 Hope you and your family had a fabulous Thanksgiving! XOXO

    • Lentil Breakdown
      Posted at 22:49h, 27 November

      I might have called it the Pilgrim Panini or the Grilled Pilgrim Sammy, but I’ll gladly go along with your Thanksgiving Monte Cristo. It looks so friggin’ good, who am I to mess with perfection?

    • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
      Posted at 01:26h, 29 November

      How could I have reached my age and not tried a Monte Cristo sandwich? And your description of “high protein, crispy on the outside-soft on the inside “fried” sandwiches” sounds amazing 🙂

    • SMITH BITES!!
      Posted at 04:37h, 29 November

      i call this DELICIOUS!!! oh. my. heck. Marla – seriously, seriously love this!!!

    • Daydreamer Desserts
      Posted at 18:27h, 29 November

      Great spin on the traditional Monte Cristo, I love how you always find ways to “healthyfy” dishes!

      • Marla
        Posted at 05:23h, 30 November

        Josie: Thanks, I have a blast creating surprisingly healthier versions of classic meals with our losing flavor.

    • Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen
      Posted at 06:25h, 30 November

      This looks like the perfect sandwich! 🙂 I love the layer of brie and sweet potatoes. I have some left over turkey that I will be using to make this! Yummy!

    • pup
      Posted at 09:54h, 02 December

      Those photos are amazing!! That sandwich looks incredible!!

    • Melanie
      Posted at 10:54h, 10 December

      How creative are you? These turkey sandwiches look incredible and aren’t I lucky that I’m cooking another turkey this Sunday (don’t ask!) and will promptly be using the leftovers in this pretty sandwich.

    • Ingrid
      Posted at 15:39h, 15 December

      Perfect sandwich! Looks fabulous!

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    • Jeff
      Posted at 14:12h, 13 October

      You are 100% correct!!! THIS is a beautiful sandwich! I’ll definitely be giving this one a try! Great way to use up the turkey leftovers as well!

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