Submitted by Mary Jo Stamper of the Aska Lodge B&B in Blue Ridge, Georgia, this sandwich is a fun twist on grilled or open-faced Monte Cristo's, as well as a healthier alternative to traditionally deep-fried versions.
Emailing me to say her Aska Lodge B&B guests love this sandwich served alongside, "A big fruit salad or Inn Cuisine's own Apple Cranberry Crumble," Mary Jo says she loves it because it's, "So easy to make!"
With a recommendation like that, I had to prepare this recipe and find out for myself. The verdict? D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! Being a lover of both savory & sweet, I found the balance between layers of honey-buttered crescent rolls, smoked turkey, ham, Muenster cheese and raspberry jam harmonious, intriguing and satisfying.
Next time you're looking for a fabulous twist on lunch (or dinner), I hope you'll remember this recipe and give Mary Jo's Monte Cristo Delight a try. May your family & guests enjoy!
Monte Cristo Delight
A "Best of" Inn Cuisine, Recipe Courtesy Aska Lodge B&B
- 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 10×15″ 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!