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.
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!
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.
I am curious, what would have you named this Thanksgiving leftover extravaganza?
Note: at first this was going to be a panini, but Cookin’ Canuck beat me to it!
Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich
serves 1 – simply adjust ingredients to make more
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Links
- Brown Rice Casserole with Leftover Turkey Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Homemade Turkey Soup My Man’s Belly
- Next Day Turkey Soup Recipe Girl
- Thanksgiving Casserole Lauren’s Kitchen
- Turkey Cranchiladas Pink Parsley Catering
Thanksgiving Sandwich Recipe Links