When I was a teen (just a few short years ago ;)), I couldn’t wait to get a job and make my own money. I got so sick and tired of asking my dad for money to hang out with my friends…heck, I even had to ask for school lunch money everyday! When I landed my first full-time job right after high school, you couldn’t tell me a thing! Nor could you tell me to save my money, unfortunately. 😐
Naturally, being a foodie in the making, I spent a great deal of my money on eating and eating good…I mean REAL good! I treated myself to all sorts of good eateries and spared no expensive. I really thought I was something HA!
One of the restaurants I fell in love with was Bennigans. Okay so it’s no fancy spot, but for an 18 year old it was the perfect hangout spot in downtown Chicago with really good food. Well, actually, I don’t know much about the food. Why? Because the first thing I ever ordered at Bennigans became the only thing I ever ordered – the Monte Cristo! I frequented this restaurant on countless occassions and although I tried and tried to convince myself to order something different, that Monte Cristo consistenly beckoned my inner yearnings…”Eat me…Eaaaaat me, Eaaaaaaaat me,” it always said. I succumbed every time! 😉
It has been many, many moons since I’ve eaten at Bennigans. I don’t even know if the restaurant still exists. One thing I will always crave on occasion, however, is their infamous Monte Cristo sandwich. I have made my own replica a few times, but it is pretty time consuming to do a full-blown Monte Cristo. I mean it’s sort of a big deal. And who the heck has time for big deal cooking these days?
I found a great sale on refrigerated biscuits over the weekend. I bought about 10 of them in the hopes of creating something new and yummy and freezable for the kids’ lunches. I looked in the fridge to find we had turkey lunch meat, ham lunch meat, all kinds of cheese and leftover french toast batter. My
stomach mind every inch of my being immediately thought, “Monte Cristo!” And I don’t really think I had the kids in mind anymore at that point, but what matters is I came up with this awesome recipe that they got to enjoy anyway. 😀
This recipe can be pretty versatile in that you can play with the cheeses and jams. I got these all assembled and then reached in the fridge for raspberry preserves to make these the traditional way, only to find we were completely out! Hmmmm….what to do…what to do? I grabbed one jar of mango chutney and another jar of orange marmalade and kept it moving. These still turned out as yummy as ever and the kids gave me extra kisses for such an amazing lunch time treat. 🙂 Now it’s your turn to enjoy them!
- 1-10 ct refrigerated biscuits (any brand)
- 10-Ham deli slices (use more to taste)
- 10-Turkey deli slices (use more to taste)
- 1-8 oz pk Swiss cheese, sliced 1/4" thick (10 slices)
- Fruit preserves or jam (raspberry is traditional)
- What's Your Flavor French Toast batter (just egg & creamer) or egg wash (egg & milk or water)
- Powdered sugar (for garnish)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees or as according to biscuit package directions.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- With your hands or a rolling pin, flatten biscuits to small circles or squares about 4"-5" long.
- Layer sandwich filling with one slice ham (folded on one side of the biscuit), one slice turkey (folded on other side of the biscuit), one thin spread of preserves/jam on ham slice, then Swiss cheese slice in the center.
- Fold over the biscuit sides layering one side over the other, pressing to seal and secure. Fold in as much of the inside filling as possible leaving only a little open at the ends. This will help keep the cheese from oozing out.
- Turn the biscuits over on the folded side to bake.
- Brush each roll-up with french toast batter/egg wash (see What's Your Flavor French Toast recipe link in Notes section).
- Bake in oven until browned to taste (about 10 minutes).
- Remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes.
- Dust roll-ups with powdered sugar.
- Serve warm, cool or freeze for later munching. Enjoy!
What's Your Flavor French Toast recipe link: http://pthirty1.com/whats-your-flavor-french-toast/
Please note you only need the egg and cream portion of the recipe. Any egg wash will work, but I find the flavor from the slightly sweetened cream to be quite delightful! 🙂