Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole: A Gourmet Twist on a Classic Diner Sandwich

Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole
Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

If you’re a fan of the classic Monte Cristo sandwich and love indulging in a hearty breakfast, then this Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole is the perfect dish to start your day off right. With a delightful combination of salty ham, gooey cheese, and a touch of sweetness from powdered sugar, this twist on the beloved diner sandwich is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Developed and tested by the Better Homes & Gardens (BHG) Test Kitchen, this recipe guarantees a delicious and reliable outcome for a memorable breakfast or brunch experience.

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Recipe Details

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Prep Time: * 30 minutes
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Total Time: * 1 hour 15 minutes
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Servings:
12

Ingredients

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  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 to 1.5-pound round loaf country Italian bread, cut into ten 1/2-inch thick slices
  • ¼ cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced cooked ham
  • 6 ounces Gruyere or Swiss cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

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  1. Grease a 3-quart baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper.
  3. Spread mustard on half of the bread slices, then layer with ham and half of the shredded cheese.
  4. Spread butter on the remaining bread slices and place them buttered side down on top of the cheese.
  5. Cut each sandwich diagonally into four triangles.
  6. Arrange the sandwich triangles with the points facing up in the prepared baking dish.
  7. Pour the egg mixture over the sandwiches.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  9. Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  11. Uncover the dish and bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until golden and the egg mixture is set.
  12. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  13. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Note: If your bread is not already dry, you can easily dry it by preheating the oven to 325°F (165°C), arranging the slices on a baking sheet, and baking for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry. Allow the bread to cool before using it in the recipe.

Nutritional Information

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Per Serving:

  • Calories: 319
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Sodium: 804mg
  • Cholesterol: 170mg
  • Calcium: 260mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg

Percentage Daily Values (DV) based on a 2,000-calorie diet:

  • Total Fat: 22%
  • Saturated Fat: 45%
  • Cholesterol: 57%
  • Sodium: 35%
  • Total Carbohydrate: 8%
  • Protein: 17%

Additional Nutrients:

  • Vitamin C: 1.1mg (6% DV)
  • Potassium: 230mg (5% DV)
  • Folate: 93.4mcg
  • Vitamin B-12: 0.9mcg
  • Vitamin B-6: 0.2mg

Note: The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. A daily diet of 2,000 calories is used as a general guideline for nutrition advice.

Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole
Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

Conclusion

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The Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole brings together the flavors of a classic diner sandwich in a convenient and delicious casserole format. With the BHG Test Kitchen’s expertise and attention to detail, this recipe ensures a satisfying and flavorful breakfast or brunch experience. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, treating your family, or simply indulging in a gourmet breakfast, this Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole is a fantastic choice that willleave everyone impressed. The combination of savory ham, melted cheese, and the subtle sweetness of powdered sugar creates a delightful flavor profile that will satisfy your cravings.

Prepare this casserole the night before to save time in the morning. The overnight chilling allows the flavors to meld together, and all you need to do is bake it the next day. The result is a golden and set egg mixture with a cheesy, gooey filling that will make your taste buds dance.

Whether you’re a fan of the classic Monte Cristo sandwich or just looking for a delicious and unique breakfast option, this twist on the beloved diner favorite is a must-try. So, gather your ingredients, follow the simple steps, and get ready to enjoy a gourmet breakfast experience right in the comfort of your own home.

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