Monte Cristos

Monte Cristo with turkey and cranberry sauce

I was craving an indulgent sandwich and what better one than a Monte Cristos?  Nom nom!  I found this recipe in Food Network Kitchens Favorite Recipes cookbook.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find challah bread, so I improvised with another thick bread I found.  It still tasted great, though!

Monte Cristos

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 slices (preferably) challah bread (about 1 inch thick)
  • 6 ounces sliced Muenster cheese
  • 12 ounces thinly sliced cooked turkey breast
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix the mustard and mayonnaise together in a small bowl.  Lay the bread on a work surface and spread about 1 tablespoon of the mustard mixture on one side of each piece.
  • Lay the cheese on half of the bread slices, top with the turkey, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spread the cranberry sauce on the remaining 4 bread slices and close the sandwiches, pressing each one together slightly.
  • In a pie plate or other shallow dish, whisk the eggs with the milk and salt and pepper to taste.  Heat 2 large skillets over medium low heat and divide the butter between them.  Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture to coat completely – including the sides.  Lay 2 sandwiches in each skillet and cook until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted, turning once, about 5 minutes per side.  Halve and serve immediately.

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