Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches are a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers in a hearty, grilled sandwich!
Update: This recipe was originally shared in November 2017. The recipe and photos have been updated and republished in November 2021.
I think of all the recipes I've made to use up Thanksgiving leftovers, these turkey cranberry sandwiches are hands down my favorite. If you love French toast and turkey sandwiches, then this turkey cranberry monte cristo sandwich is perfect for you!
What is a turkey cranberry monte cristo sandwich?
Let's start with a monte cristo sandwich, which is which is traditionally a ham, turkey and swiss cheese sandwich, dipped in an egg/milk batter and pan fried to golden perfection. It's served with a berry jam.
In this version, cranberry sauce is slathered onto the bread along with turkey and cheese and it's dipped in an egg and milk batter and then pan-fried. The sandwich is sprinkled with powdered sugar once it's done cooking.
I think it's a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers and is perfect for brunch or lunch the day after. But if you're craving this sandwich at any other time, deli turkey and canned cranberry sauce work just as well!
Ingredients for this recipe
- sliced turkey - leftover from Thanksgiving or deli turkey
- cheddar cheese
- thick sliced bread
- cranberry sauce
- milk or cream
- powdered sugar
Instructions for this recipe
First, prepare the bread. Spread cranberry sauce on both sides of each sandwich, then top each slice of bread with cheese.
Then, add on the turkey. If using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, warm it up slightly before adding to the sandwich.
Next, whisk up the eggs and milk. In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs and milk.
Then, dip the sandwich into the batter. Dip the sandwich into the batter and flip it over to do the same to the other side.
Finally, pan fry the sandwich. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the sandwiches into the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Note: Serve your turkey cranberry monte cristo sandwiches immediately for best results!
Substitutions and Serving Suggestions
- Cheese: you can use cheddar, swiss, American or any melty cheesy that you like
- Cranberry sauce: if you aren't a fan, I also like to use strawberry or raspberry jam instead
- This is a heavy, hearty sandwich so I recommend a green salad, a vinegar based salad like my Healthy Cucumber Vinegar Salad, some fresh veggies or even a dill pickle to enjoy with this sandwich.
FAQ's for this sandwich
The sandwich was named for the Count of Monte Cristo and it's believed to be a French version of a Croque Monsieur. The sandwich is meat and cheese and is dipped in a French toast batter before being pan-fried.
The Monte Cristo is a variation of a Croque Monsieur. A Croque Monsieur is toasted sandwich made of ham, gruyere cheese and a bechamel sauce.
The sandwich is hearty, heavy and filling so I'd suggest a green salad, a vinegar based salad, some fresh veggies or even just a dill pickle to cut through the heaviness of the sandwich.
A panini is usually made with Italian bread, with butter brushed on the outside slices and then it's cooked on a press, which flattens the sandwich. While this is similar, this monte cristo sandwich gets a French-toast style batter and is cooked in a skillet, leaving it a thick sandwich.
I love finding creative ways to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. In addition to this sandwich, you should also check out my Recipes Using Thanksgiving Leftovers!
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Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches
- 4 slices thick cut bread
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- 4 oz turkey breast sliced
- 3 tablespoon cranberry sauce
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- Spread cranberry sauce on each slice of bread, then top the slices with cheddar cheese.4 slices thick cut bread, 3 tablespoon cranberry sauce, 4 slices cheddar cheese
- Divide the turkey between the sandwiches and place one slice of bread on top of the other to form the sandwich.4 oz turkey breast
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- In a shallow dish, whisk together the egg and milk until combined. Dip the sandwich into the batter, then flip it over and dip the other side in. Repeat with the other sandwich.2 large eggs, ⅓ cup milk
- Add the sandwiches to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy. Remove from the skillet and slice in half, sprinkling both sandwiches with powdered sugar.1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- Serve turkey cranberry monte cristo sandwiches immediately for best results.