Tuesday Treats: Monte Cristo Bake

I have to admit that a Monte Cristo sandwich is probably one of my favorite things to order from a nice restaurant. There’s just something about the ham, Swiss cheese, deep-fried bread coating, and the sprinkling of powdered sugar that hits all my taste buds. When I first saw this recipe, I was a bit hesitant but said to myself, “Self, why the heck not?” So I added the ingredients to my grocery list and made it. And I said to myself after eating it, “Self, you were right! This is delicious.”

Prep Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 55 min.
Servings: 6 servings, 1 cup each

Discover this delectable Monte Cristo Bake. This awesome Monte Cristo Bake tastes like a mash-up of a Monte Cristo sandwich and a grilled cheese casserole.

What You Need
4 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
6 cups French bread cubes (1/2 inch)
1 pkg. (7.5 oz) OSCAR MAYER CARVING BOARD Slow Cooked Ham, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Swiss Cheese, divided

Make It
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Whisk eggs and milk in large bowl until blended. Add bread; stir to evenly coat. Gently stir in ham and half the cheese.
Spoon into 9-inch square baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining cheese.
Bake 40 min. or until center is set and top is golden brown.

A couple of things to note here. My grocery store is in the midst of getting rearranged so not all items were available. I substituted block Swiss cheese that I grated and Farmland Smoked Spiral Ham Slices and Pieces. The ham added a hint of sweet that was just right. Even with me having to cut up the bread and grating the cheese, this recipe was easy and oh-so-very tasty! You can CLICK HERE for the full details from Kraft Recipes.

I polled my characters and discovered a somewhat unlikely prospect who had this recipe in her repertoire. Adele McCoy Jones, wife and mate to Caleb Jones, from THE DEVIL’S CUT jumped all over this recipe. Turns out, I’m not the only one who hankers after the occasional Monte Cristo. She went further and got a bone-in ham, used the leftovers for the casserole and gave Caleb the bone on the next full moon. 😉 You can read their story in THE DEVIL’S CUT. Click on the title for the universal link to all book sellers. FYI, TDC and all my self-pubbed books will be on sale (from 99¢ to $2.99) beginning March 1st. My birthday present to all of you.

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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