Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Main Photo

This is a great way to use two types of leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal – cranberry sauce and turkey. This moist sandwich benefits from extra protein, due to soaking it in an egg and milk mixture, similar to French toast.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon of melted butter (optional)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup reduced fat milk
Coarse salt and black pepper to taste
¼ cup cranberry sauce
4 slices of ¾ inch thick bread
6 ounces of roasted turkey
2 ounces or sliced Havarti cheese

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Ingredients

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Parchment Paper

Brush the baking sheet with avocado oil.  Then, line the baking sheet with parchment paper and brush with avocado oil and some melted butter.

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Whisking of Eggs and Milk

In a shallow, rimmed baking dish, whisk together eggs and milk.  Add salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Turkey and Cranberry Sauce

Divide the Havarti cheese equally between two slices of bread. Top each piece of bread with 3 ounces of turkey. Divide the cranberry sauce equally among the two bread slices, and season with salt and pepper.

Top with the remaining two slices of bread.

 

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Sandwiches Soaking in Egg Mixture

Carefully transfer sandwiches to the egg mixture and soak for one minute per side, pressing lightly with a spatula to make sure the sandwiches are thoroughly soaked.

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Sandwiches Ready for Baking

Transfer the sandwiches to the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes.  Flip and bake for 7 minutes more.  Let sandwiches cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Baking Complete!

Serves 2-4 depending on how hungry you are!

Smell of Rosemary - Baked Turkey Monte Cristo Sandwiches - Last Photo

Prep time: about 10 minutes

Total time:  about 35 minutes

This post was inspired by a recipe found in Martha Stewart “Living” magazine from November 2014.

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