Memory Making with a Monte Cristo Casserole

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.

 Monte Cristo Casserole


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.


Cube the French toast sticks

To begin, cube a 20 ounce box of frozen French toast sticks.  No need to defrost them first.


Cube the ham

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.)

 Chopping parsley

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 ingredients for the Monte Cristo

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

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.


Monte Cristo Casserole

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.


Hull and slice strawberries

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?


Monte Cristo Casserole

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!


Monte Cristo Casserole
Cinnamon French toast sticks are cubed and mixed with ham, turkey and Swiss cheese and then cooked in a creamy egg mixture. Top it off with powdered sugar and fresh strawberries. This is a make ahead and freeze recipe.
Serves: 8 servings
  • 20 ounce box of cinnamon French toast sticks, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup deli ham, diced
  • 1 cup deli turkey, diced
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pint of strawberries
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare French toast sticks, ham, turkey, Swiss cheese and parsley as indicated in the ingredient list.
  3. Layer the first 5 ingredients in a 9 x 12 baking dish in the order listed.
  4. Whisk eggs and milk in a bowl.
  5. Evenly pour egg mixture over ingredients in the baking dish.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until egg mixture sets.
  7. Remove from oven and allow casserole to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Hull and slice strawberries.
  9. Cut into squares.
  10. Top with powdered sugar and strawberries.
Don't need 8 servings? No problem. Split the ingredients in half. This casserole can be made ahead and frozen. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months for best results. Thaw in refrigerator for about 24 hours before cooking.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛ of casserole


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!



  1. Deeeeelicious!

  2. Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Laura Burns says:

    Another one of my favorite meals from the store! I so happy I found your website!!

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