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Monday, August 1, 2011
MONTE CRISTO SANDWICH
This amazing sandwich can be made with any meat and cheese combination that suits your taste.My personal favorite is turkey, cheese, and cranberry sauce.
Deluxe Monte Cristo
Yield: Serves 6-8
2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls (I used Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons honey
6 ounces sliced smoked turkey breast
6 ounces sliced smoked ham
6 ounces sliced Muenster cheese
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 tablespoon sesame or poppy seeds (for topping)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 standard cookie sheets (or jelly roll pans) with parchment paper for easy clean-up. Separate crescent roll dough into 4 long rectangles (2 rectangles per package) and lay rectangles onto cookie sheets (or jelly roll pans) so there are 2 rectangles of dough per baking sheet and edges/sides are not touching. Brush tops of rectangles with melted butter and honey, reserving approximately 1 tablespoon of each. Bake rectangles for 8 minutes, then remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes. Carefully loosen partially-baked rectangles from baking sheets and get ready to layer sandwich.
Using a 10x15" baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray for easy clean-up), place 1 partially-baked rectangle (buttered & honeyed side up) and top with sliced turkey. Top turkey with 2nd rectangle and layer with sliced ham and Muenster cheese. Top ham & Muenster with 3rd rectangle and layer evenly with raspberry jam. Top jam with 4th and final rectangle, brushing top of dough with reserved butter & honey and sprinkling with sesame or poppy seeds as desired. Bake sandwich at 375 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, depending on the accuracy of your oven. Crust should appear lightly browned on top and cheese should be melted. Remove from oven, allow to cool at least 5 minutes, then slice into 6-8 servings, or as desired per number of guests. Enjoy!
Basic Monte Cristo
2 slices bread
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 slices cooked ham
2 slices cooked turkey meat
1 slice cheese
1/2 cup milk
Spread bread with mayonnaise and mustard. Alternate ham, Swiss and turkey slices on bread.
Beat egg and milk in a small bowl. Coat the sandwich with the egg and milk mixture. Heat a greased skillet over medium heat, brown the sandwich on both sides. Serve hot.