Remember Bennigan’s? They have a Monte Cristo sandwich with ham, turkey and cheese that is fried and topped with a raspberry sauce…it’s indulgent. It’s also filling, so I used to split it with my hubby when we first started dating. It seems like only yesterday.
In this version, ham, turkey and Swiss cheese are mixed with frozen cinnamon French toast sticks that have been cubed, a big time-saver. Everything bakes in a creamy egg mixture and the dish is finished with powdery confectioner’s sugar and fresh strawberries.
We don’t have a Bennigans’s near us anymore. But, this version fills the void…and is a perfect meal to reminisce over. (I may even pop in a movie from our first date.)
So, this one is for my sweetie and the guests from our meal assembly store that made their own memories with this dish.
To begin, cube a 20 ounce box of frozen French toast sticks. No need to defrost them first.
Next, cube 1 cup of ham and 1 cup of turkey. I usually ask for a 1/4 inch thick slice from the deli counter.
Then, shred 1 cup of Swiss cheese (or buy a bag of already shredded cheese, which is what I did…thus, no picture necessary.)
Chop about 2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley…it adds color, flavor and perhaps a little good luck. Did you know dishes in Italy are blessed with a sprinkling of parsley dust? Yes sir, according to Chef Meg at SparkRecipes. Watch her chop fresh parsley in this video.
You can never have enough blessings, so I chopped a little extra to use on some other recipes.
Layer the French toast cubes, ham, turkey and Swiss cheese in a 9 x 12 baking dish. Don’t stir or toss the mixture…if you do, the ham, turkey and cheese will plunge to the bottom.
Whisk the eggs and milk in a bowl and evenly pour the egg mixture over the top. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until the egg sets.
The house will smell wonderful at this point and you may want to dive right in. Resist. It’s best to wait about 10 minutes before serving so everything settles and firms up.
While you are waiting, hull and slice the strawberries. Some people may want to top it with a little strawberry jam or with a different fruit entirely…raspberries anyone?
Isn’t it gorgeous topped with powder sugar, fresh strawberries and a sprinkling of parsley dust?
I served it on our wedding china. You can’t say I’m not a romantic!
I’m often asked, “Should I have this for breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch?” And, I say “Yes, yes, yes and yes.”
This main attraction makes any meal special and is perfect for any special occasion!