Monte Cristo Sandwich #SundaySupper ~ Nik Snacks

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On 7:30 AM by Nikki @ NikSnacks in , ,    36 comments
This week I'm sharing my recipe for a Monte Cristo Sandwich along with dozens of other bloggers part of the Sunday Supper Movement. I think it's a great idea to check out a curated collection of recipes to use up all of the leftover bits and pieces of Turkey Day before the day actually gets here. There's nothing more depressing than looking at a turkey carcass and not knowing what to do with it. This week's theme is Thanksgiving Leftovers and is being hosted by Jennie of Messy Baker Blog. Click it and check out her flour-dusted kitchen!

When I was a kid, there was a diner not far from our house, Oak Lane Diner on North Broad Street, in Philadelphia. It's been open as long as I've been alive and every time I visit the city of my birth, I try to eat at least one meal there. In this place, it was the first time I had a Monte Cristo sandwich. As I munched down on the crispy edges and dipped it in the strawberry preserves on the side, my mom told me the nutshell version of The Count of Monte Cristo along with a biography of his creator, author Alexandre Dumas.

The only thing the book and the sandwich have in common is it's a Francophile. It's an Americanized hybrid of a croque monsieur-madame thing. This recipe of mine is a version that takes leftover Thanksgiving ham and/or turkey, makes a spirited raspberry at the grilled cheese's mom and sleeps with its sister. It's dipped in a thick, creamy batter and pan-griddled in butter. And then there's powdered sugar dusted on top. Typically, a sugary-sweet berry sauce is served on the side or poured on top, but I put Thanksgiving's leftover cranberry sauce on the inside to make this the most decadent thing since deep fried Twinkies.

I realize that after indulging and stuffing yourself with 1000s of calories over the Thanksgiving holiday, pan-frying a sandwich dipped in cream and egg may not set well with you, but guess what: Eat some quinoa and be sad or just tell your family to order the extra large casket while making arrangements because [insert annoying exclamation that begins with 'Y' here]!

Monte Cristo Sandwich 
Serves 1

2 slices sandwich bread
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 slices Gruyere or Provolone cheese
2 slices leftover ham and/or turkey
1 Tbsp prepared cranberry sauce
1 egg 
2 Tablespoons flour 
2 Tablespoons milk or cream 
1 Tablespoon butter
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Spread 1 slice of bread with the Dijon mustard. Then layer on 1 slice of cheese followed by both slices of ham or turkey and the last piece of cheese. Spread the cranberry sauce on the other piece of bread, then press it, spread side down, on top of the cheese to create the sandwich. Place a skillet over medium-high heat. As the skillet heats, whisk the egg, flour and milk in a shallow bowl until blended.

Put the butter in the center of the pan. As it starts to melt, hold the sandwich together firmly and briefly submerge one surface in the egg batter then twist and submerge the other surface. Immediately place the sandwich in the pan, before the butter browns. Grill the sandwich on the first side for about 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Then flip it with a spatula and grill it on the second side for another 3 to 5 minutes. Using a spatula, transfer the sandwich from the pan to a plate or cutting board, slice it in half and dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Don't forget to check out all of the other Sunday Supper contributors and pick out a few Thanksgiving leftover ideas for you and your family this year!

Cranberry Sauce Muffins by The Foodie Army Wife
Leftover Stuffing Breakfast Strata by Ruffles & Truffles
Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins by Magnolia Days
Turkey & Chorizo Breakfast Hash by Brunch with Joy
Italian Mashed Potato Pancakes by The Weekend Gourmet
Cranberry Sauce'd Corn Bread Muffins by Rhubarb and Honey

Main Dish:
Leftover Pie by Jane's Adventures in Dinner
Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles by Foxes Love Lemons
Stuffing Hash by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Turkey Pizza by Meal Diva
Turkey & Caramelized Onion Risotto by kimchi MOM
Turkey with Creamy Mushroom Marsala Sauce by Casa de Crews
Moroccan Turkey Stew by What Smells So Good?
Peruvian Cilantro & Turkey Soup by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Turkey & Butternut Squash Stew by Cooking Chat
Turkey Kreplach Soup by Panning the Globe
Turkey & Stuffing Crepes by Peaceful Cooking
Cranberry Apple Pecan Chicken Salad by NeighborFood
Herbed Turkey over Cornbread Waffles with Cranberry Sauce by girlichef
Creamy Peanut Gochujang Pasta by Wallflour Girl
Cranberry Sweet Potato Soup by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Turkey Enchilada Pasta Bake by Curious Cuisiniere
Turkey Orzo Risotto by Family Foodie
Turkey Croquettes by Cindy's Recipes and Writings

Side Dishes:
Cheesy Mashed Potato Croquettes by Noshing with the Nolands
Whipped Carrots with Sriracha Butter by Healthy Delicious
Cranberry-Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower Wings by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes by Momma's Meals
Cheesy Jalapeño Potato Cakes by Bobbi's Cozy Kitchen

Cranberry & Turkey Sandwich by The Redhead Baker
Monte Cristo Sandwich by Nik Snacks
Hot Brown Turkey Sandwiches by The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
Sprouted Grain Turkey, Cranberry & Brie Panini by Amee's Savory Dish
Turkey Cranberry Flatbread by Peanut Butter and Peppers

Condiments & Sauces: Cranberry Vinaigrette by Nosh My Way
Leftover White Wine Syrup by Food Lust People Love
DIY Yellow Mustard by The Texan New Yorker

Banana Cheesecake with Pecan Graham Cracker Crust by Desserts Required
Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Gluten-Free Lemon Cake by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Spiced Cranberry Sauce Buckle by The Wimpy Vegetarian 

Cocktails & Drinks:
Cranberry Orange Crush by The Messy Baker
Cranberry Bellini by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

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Wendy Wofford-Garcia said...

Nikki...wish you were here so I could hug you -- this looks FAB!!! We eat with abandon all of Thanksgiving weekend, so I can make this and not feel bad at all. Then, I can eat quinoa come the following Monday ;).

Constance Smith said...

I love everything about these sandwiches, they are some of my favorites!

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips said...

I die for Monte Cristos!! Only a girl who has frequent diners in the Northeast can do it right! And with Thanksgiving leftovers - even better.

Liz Berg said...

Oh,yeah! I can get behind this scrumptious sandwich! Come next Monday, I'll get back on the treadmill ;)

Tara Noland said...

This looks wonderful, I have not had a monte cristo forever!!

Shaina Wizov said...

I've never had a Monte Cristo sandwich, and truthfully I never knew what it was until now! Wow...that is one truly indulgent sandwich!

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

Thank you so much, Wendy! You're so sweet to me! Happy Thanksgiving!

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

Me too! It's like my childhood all over again

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

IThanks, Bri! I'm really looking forward to eating dinner so that I can make more of these!

Isabel Reis Laessig said...

This deliciousness needs to make it's way to my life! YUM!!

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

Thanks, Liz!

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

Now's your chance! Or maybe with other holiday leftovers?

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

I'm glad my post enlightened you!

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

Make 'em for the kids! They'll love them!

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) said...

So many amazing Sunday Supper dishes this week! This one might just be my favorite, I love a good monte cristo!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

A Monte Cristo is in my top 5 favorite sammies of all time. I want this now - no waiting for leftovers!

Amy @Very Culinary said...

This is one of my all time favorite sandwiches! Looking forward to making one this Friday with all those awesome left overs!

Martha @ A Family Feast said...

There's a dieting saying that goes something like, "It's not what you eat between Thanksgiving and New Year''s what you eat between New Year's and Thanksgiving that matters!" Bring on the Monte Cristo leftovers! :-)

Amy Kim said...

"This recipe of mine is a version that takes leftover Thanksgiving ham and/or turkey, makes a spirited raspberry at the grilled cheese's mom and sleeps with its sister."

LOVE IT! :-D Also, I'll have 2 of these sandwiches!

Happy Thanksgiving Nikki!!

Brenda@SugarFreeMom said...

What a great line up of delicious recipes! I love that you can use up left over ham or turkey in this sandwich!

Ashley Presciutti said...

I just made monte cristo sandwiches last week - they are the best sandwiches ever! yours looks wonderful.

Ginny McMeans said...

We'd have to go to a fancy restaurant to get one of these when I was a child. These look great!

Lauren said...

There are so many amazing ideas here! The monte crisco is really fun, too. Nice twist on the traditional "leftovers sandwich"

Back for Seconds said...

Oh my goodness. YUM!!!

Cookin' Canuck said...

It's been a long time since I've had a Monte Cristo. But man, they're good...especially with a smear of Dijon like you did here.

Susan said...

Would you believe I've never had a monte cristo? I eat weird things, but I for some reason I can't get past the french toast, plus jam, plus deli meat combo. Yours looks good though, perhaps I'll give it a go.

Angie said...

What a great idea for leftovers! Nothing is as good as a turkey sandwich!

Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic said...

Now THAT is one sassy sandwich! I've never eaten a Monte Cristo--it's shameful, really. I need to change that pronto.

Bobbi Burleson said...

WOW I have never had a Monte Cristo before. I had no idea what I was missing, it sounds fab!!

Nichole @ said...

Ummm, I'll take two sammiches, please!! Yum

Ala S said...

My mom goes just nuts for monte cristo sandwiches. This is such an inspired share for post-Thanksgiving bits! Happy Holidays!

Melanie said...

My all time favorite sandwich!! Yours looks crazy good!

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos said...

I LOVE a Monte Cristo sandwich and this Monte Cristo has me making plans to replicate this lovely on Friday - Yum!

Next time you are in town - I need to check out that diner :)

Cindy Kerschner said...

Nikki you're the first one to mention ham. We often had ham and turkey on Thanksgiving! Monte Cristo are a great leftovers idea!

Sarah Reid said...

I have a coworker who ADORES this kind of treat, especially after our school's turkey lunches!

Julie @ Texan New Yorker said...

My FAVORITE sandwich, ever!!! These look divine!