A favorite sandwich – the Monte Cristo – takes a different form in this sandwich loaf that has layers of crescent dough, turkey, ham, cheese, and raspberry jam. This Monte Cristo Sandwich Loaf is perfect for pot lucks or picnics.
Photos Updated May 2015
I remember the first time I had a Monte Cristo sandwich. I was in my late teens/early twenties, and my brother made it for me. When I first heard that it was a meat and cheese sandwich that is dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam, I definitely had my doubts. My I was quickly converted, and now I am a true lover of the sandwich. In fact, it was one of the first sandwiches I blogged about, way back in 2007.
My daughter turned 2 last month, and we threw a little family party to celebrate. On the menu was sandwiches. And this is the first sandwich that popped into my head! My mom has actually made this version of a Monte Cristo before, and it is an easy, delicious way to serve a crowd. The recipe serves 8, but it was super easy to cut into little triangles for a crowd, and it tastes great both cold and warm. And it really doesn’t get much easier!! This is one that might make people wonder at first, but believe me – after one bite, they’ll be sold!!
- 2 (8 oz each) cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 6 oz deli sliced turkey breast
- 6 oz deli sliced Muenster cheese
- 6 oz deli sliced ham
- ½ cup raspberry jam
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- powdered sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Separate the crescent dough into 4 long rectangles Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and place the rectangles on the baking sheet. Press the perforations together to seal.
- In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter and the honey. Brush the mixture over the dough. Bake until they are light golden brown, 8-12 minutes. Let them cool for 15 minutes.
- Line another large baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Carefully place one of the baked crescent rectangles on the baking sheet. Layer the turkey over the crust. Place another crust on top, and layer the ham and the cheese over the crust. Add another crust, and spread the jam evenly over the top. Place the last crust on top. Brush with the honey and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake the loaf for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is deep golden brown and heated through. Let it stand for 5 minutes before cutting into slices. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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