Monte Cristo Casserole
  • 1 loaf Sourdough Bread cut into ½ inch slices
  • 1 lb Thinly sliced Deli Smoked Ham
  • 1 lb Muenster Cheese, sliced
  • ½ cup Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cup Tart Cherry Jam
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ½ Cups half and half
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  1. Make ham and cheese sandwiches: spread some Dijon mustard on one side of a piece of bread, layer a couple of slices of ham on top of the mustard, add a couple slices of cheese, spread the cherry jam on another piece of bread then top the sandwich with the bread slice, cherry side down. Continue this process till all the sandwiches have been built (I got about 6 large sandwiches out of my loaf). Cut all the sandwiches in half. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, half and half, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Dip each sandwich, front and back in the egg mix. Place each sandwich like shingles in the prepared baking dish. Pour the remaining custard over the sandwiches in the baking dish. Allow to sit overnight so that the bread will have the opportunity to soak in the custard really well.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the casserole covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for 15 minutes more or until golden brown.
  4. Slice and serve the sandwiches with your favorite hot sauce if desired! Happy Brunching!
Recipe by janie-jean at