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Monte Cristo Casserole with Raspberry Sauce

My husband likes the ham and cheese sandwich known as the Monte Cristo. I based this casserole on the sandwich, and it makes a terrific brunch dish. —Mary Steiner, Parkville, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings (1-3/4 cups sauce)

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 20 slices
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 pound sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 pound sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 pound sliced deli turkey
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • RASPBERRY SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Directions

  • Line a greased 13x9-in. baking dish with half of the bread. Spread mustard over bread. Layer with ham, cheese, turkey and remaining bread (dish will be full).
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla; pour over top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Remove casserole from refrigerator while oven heats. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, 30-40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water, lemon juice and maple syrup until smooth. Add raspberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Let casserole stand 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece with about 3 tablespoons sauce: 476 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 167mg cholesterol, 906mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • MandLMom
    Jun 21, 2020

    Made this for Father’s Day and it was a hit! My opinion was that the bottom bread was a little too soggy and make sure - it’s not in the instructions - to strain the raspberry sauce; just makes it more visually appealing. Everything else was spot on and I’ll definitely be making this again.

  • IAKuchen
    Apr 9, 2020

    I wanted to love this. But the breads turned out so soggy that we couldn’t enjoy the sandwiches.

  • Janis
    Feb 23, 2020

    Loved the 'Baked MonteCristo'! We served it (increased half a loaf and more eggs, etc.). Did not use the brown sugar topping, nor the raspberry syrup. We prefer the savoury to the sweet with egg dishes. This is very easy to make the night before and bake the next morning. I had some homemade soups in the freezer and served that first. A niece brought freshly baked (and still warm) banana bread, and served that with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (should I mention the mimosas?)

  • justmbeth
    Jan 24, 2019

    We enjoyed this recipe and found we liked the compliment of the raspberry syrup drizzled on top. I will make this one again!

  • Heidi
    Apr 17, 2017

    Since this recipe did not have any reviews yet and it seemed like it would be great on my Easter buffet, I did make it. I made the recipe exactly as printed. The flavor is amazing; however, in a unanimous decision none of us would use the raspberry syrup for this recipe. I have already received one suggestion that if you top it with anything, use maple syrup. That person said it was awesome left over with the maple syrup. I have had it left over and preferred it just plain. It is not that the raspberry syrup isn't good. I think the syrup will be great on plain buttermilk pancakes or crepes. I plan to freeze it. It is just too much and takes away from the rest of the flavors going on in this easy, make ahead casserole. Will make it for company I have visiting this summer.