Turkey and Mozzarella Monte Christo Sandwiches with Maple Mustard Sauce

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Inspired by the French croque-monsieur, Monte Christo sandwiches are native to the United States and typically consist of ham and gruyère cheese. These Monte Christo sandwiches are a rendition of that sandwich using turkey and mozzarella instead of ham and gruyère. Arugula adds some much needed pepperiness and freshness to the dish; and a drizzle of maple mustard sauce and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley make this sandwich a must-have recipe for breakfast/brunch, lunch or dinner!

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Happy Thursday, friends! I apologize for being a stupid face yesterday by not posting a recipe. My dad is here visiting from the east coast, and there are literally not enough hours in the day to get everything done! I promise to stay on schedule starting today. ;)

Anywho, to make up for my lack of motivation, I am finally sharing my favorite rendition of a Monte Christo sandwich. I LOVE Monte Christos. They are seriously one of my favorite brunch items, and anytime I see it on a menu, I order it. I think the reason I love them so much is because they bring two worlds together: sweet and savory. I decided to go almost completely savory with this recipe, except for a hint of maple syrup and a faint sweetness from the challah bread.

When I make Monte Christos, I tend to put on the sandwich anything I have on hand at the time. Since turkey and arugula are two ingredients that are always in my refrigerator, I thought that was the best route to go!

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe just as much as I do. Pair these sandwiches with a porter and have a wonderful day! xo

Side Note: I had a seriously hard time getting the cheese melted for this post, and didn’t realize it until I finally decided to share it! Use a thin slice of mozzarella and/or cover the pan to aid in melting.
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Turkey and Mozzarella Monte Christo Sandwiches with Maple Mustard Sauce
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Yield
4 monte christo sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt and black pepper
  • 8 thick slices of challah bread (or other bread of your liking)
  • 4 thick slices of turkey breast
  • 4 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, mayo, maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Assemble your 4 sandwiches by layering on the maple mustard sauce, turkey breast, cheese, and arugula on 4 slices of challah bread. Finish off each sandwich with the 4 remaining slices of challah bread.
  • Preheat a griddle pan over medium heat and add the butter. Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, making sure to coat each sides and place on the hot griddle pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until brown. Work in two batches if needed.
  • Remove from heat and serve with a drizzle of more maple mustard sauce and garnished with fresh parsley.
  • Enjoy!
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  • http://www.culinaryhill.com/ Meggan | Culinary Hill

    I, like you, ADORE Monte Christo sandwiches. This one looks ahhhhh-mazing! The last good one I had was from Disneyland at the Blue Bayou near Pirates of the Caribbean. So keep that in mind if you ever go to Disneyland. They batter and deep-fry theirs and serve it with a trio of dipping sauces… but I digress. I hope you have a great weekend! And obviously pinned your sandwich. x5.

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      I will DEFINITELY keep that in mind. You are just full of useful information, Meggan. <3 Thanks girl!

  • Mary Frances

    Who doesn’t love a good Monte Cristo? Your sandwich looks toasted to perfection and that maple mustard sauce sounds delicious! Your photos are gorgeous and completey making my mouth water!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thanks Mary!

  • http://chattavore.com/ Mary @chattavore

    OMG, Justine! This look delicious. Maple mustard sauce???? Love it.

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thanks girl!

  • http://www.girlgonegourmet.com/ April A.

    Oh, yum! I haven’t had a monte christo in years and I really like how you put your own spin on it. Perfect weekend brunch idea :)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you, April!

  • http://www.themediterraneandish.com Suzy Karadsheh

    This is some Monte Christo sandwich recipe! I love that you added arugula!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Suzy!

  • http://www.strawmarysmith.com Mary @ StrawmarySmith

    So, I was just on foodgawker, and I saw this sandwich, and my eyes nearly popped out of my skull. I liked it, then looked at the submitter, and of course it was you! Awesome job on a gorgeous sandwich!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Aw, thank you so much, Mary!

  • http://www.thecozycook.com Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook

    Look at these bright, beautiful pics!!! It all just puts me in a good mood!! Happy ALMOST Friday Justine!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Happy Friday, Stephanie! Thank you!