Turkey Monte Cristo

Turkey Monte Cristo
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 sandwiches

If you like French toast and grilled cheese, you'll love a Monte Cristo. This sandwich is usually pan-fried, but baking it instead means you can use less butter and make several at the same time.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, for brushing

  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper

  • ½ cup cranberry sauce, coarsely chopped if chunky

  • 8 ¾ -inch-thick slices white bread, such as Pullman

  • 12 ounces thinly sliced roast turkey

  • 4 ounces extra-sharp cheddar, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat; brush with butter. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Spread cranberry sauce on 4 slices of bread. Top with turkey; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese evenly over turkey. Top with remaining bread slices. Carefully transfer sandwiches to egg mixture and soak, pressing lightly with a spatula, 1 minute a side.

  3. Transfer to baking sheet; bake 15 minutes. Flip and bake 7 minutes more. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

It's best to start with an excellent-quality whole loaf of Pullman bread, so you can cut it into the thick slices that make this sandwich so good.

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