Leftover Turkey-Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches Recipe


Leftover Turkey-Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches

In past years I will admit that I had never thought much about reusing Thanksgiving leftovers for new recipes. After several days of the same leftovers, though, everyone in the household is sick of eating the same meal. This year I found a genius idea over at Noble Pig for a Turkey Monte Cristo.

I had a batch of Cranberry Raspberry Jam this Thanksgiving that paired perfectly with this delicious sandwich. The sauce has a hint of almond which kicks the flavor of the sandwich up a notch. This was a sandwich that when sampled got a “Wow!” reaction. Many thanks to Noble Pig for the recipe.

I made a few small changes to the original recipes. One was that I added just a touch of mayo to the cranberry sauce. Secondly, I changed the instructions to direct soaking the bread in the egg for a much shorter amount of time. This may vary depending on how fresh or stale your bread is, as well as how thick it is. My bread was thin and very fresh, so 5-10 seconds was plenty for the bread to become saturated.

Leftover Turkey-Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches Recipe

Yield: 8-10 sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1 loaf soft French Bread, sliced
1-1/2 cups cranberry sauce
(Optional: Add a large spoonful of mayo and mix well with cranberry sauce)
12 oz thinly sliced Muenster cheese
thinly sliced leftover turkey
3 large eggs
2 cups whole milk
4-6 Tablespoons butter
confectioners' sugar


1. Spread each slice of bread with a layer of cranberry sauce. To build each sandwich, take a slice of cheese and tear it in half. Top the bread with half a cheese slice, turkey and the other half of the cheese slice. Top with another slice of bread, cranberry sauce side down.

2. In a shallow pie plate, add eggs and milk and beat the mixture with a fork until combined. Soak each sandwich in the mixture briefly, about 10 seconds per side. You want the bread saturated but not soggy.

3. Over medium heat, melt a couple Tablespoons of butter in a nonstick skillet. Add a few sandwiches and cook until the bottoms are golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Flip sandwiches and cook the other sides until golden. Add more butter as needed to cook the rest of the sandwiches.

4. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving. (Serve warm)