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Make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole #SundaySupper

This make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole is the perfect dish for brunch. You make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. No stress when you have guests staying over!!
This make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole is the perfect dish for brunch. You make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. No stress when you have guests staying over!!

Happy Easter

This week on #SundaySupper we are talking about prepare ahead brunch dishes. Dishes that save your sanity on a busy morning! My contribution is this Make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole.

This make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole is the perfect dish for brunch. You make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. No stress when you have guests staying over!!

I don’t know about you but breakfast is my least favourite meal of the day. I think it is because I am not a morning person. I need coffee, coffee and more coffee first thing. Then I can handle cooking the kids breakfast, but I still don’t feel like eating. Which is why brunch is so perfect for me!!! (That and you can always justify a bucks fizz when you have brunch 😉 )

Today I am sharing a make ahead brunch dish that makes cooking for a crowd super easy. You make it up the night before, pop it in the fridge overnight and then in the morning bake it up into a golden gooey brunch perfection.

This make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole is the perfect dish for brunch. You make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. No stress when you have guests staying over!!

Monte Cristo sandwiches are fabulous. Ham and cheese sandwiches, coated in a thick custard and then cooked like french toast until the outside is golden and the inside is gooey and delicious. Finished with a sprinkling of icing sugar it is such a great sweet and savoury dish!

This make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole is the perfect dish for brunch. You make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. No stress when you have guests staying over!! #SundaySupper

I like to add an extra couple of touches. I spread a thin layer of cherry jam and dijon mustard onto the bread and I sprinkle rosemary over the cheese layer.

They take it over the top and make it just a little bit special 😉

This make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole is the perfect dish for brunch. You make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. No stress when you have guests staying over!!

Not many photos today as I had an accident with this dish and dropped the whole casserole onto the floor. I only had enough ingredients to make a small second batch. I am so disappointed as when it comes out of the oven the large casserole dish is so beautiful and impressive. Still at least you can see the oozy gooey centre of this dish.

Enjoy x


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This make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole is the perfect dish for brunch. You make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. No stress when you have guests staying over!!
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Make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This make Ahead Baked Monte Cristo Casserole is the perfect dish for brunch. You make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. No stress when you have guests staying over!!
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup cherry jam
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 18 slices of white sandwich bread
  • 1 lb sliced deli ham
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • Additional fresh rosemary
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix the jam and mustard together.

  2. Grease a large deep baking dish with the butter.
  3. Cut the crusts off the bread.
  4. Lay out 6 slices of bread in an even layer in the bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Spread them with half of the jam mixture.
  6. Lay half the ham over the top and then sprinkle over half of the cheese.
  7. Sprinkle over 1/4 tsp of the fresh rosemary.
  8. Top with 6 slices of bread.
  9. Spread this bread with the remaining jam.
  10. Top with the remaining ham, the remaining cheese and rosemary.
  11. Finish with the last 6 slices of bread.

  12. In a large jug, whisk together the egg, milk, salt and pepper.
  13. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread slices.
  14. Cover with cling wrap and leave in the fridge overnight (or for at least half an hour)
  15. Preheat oven to 190ºC/375ºF.
  16. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  17. Serve sprinkles with powdered sugar and an additional sprinting of rosemary.
Recipe Notes

I use a mixture of Swiss, gruyere and cheddar cheese.

Thank you to Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings for hosting this weeks #SundaySupper.

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    • Sara
    • August 6, 2017
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    Can you freeze this?

    1. Reply

      Hi Sara,
      I have never tried to freeze it so I am not certain, but I think the egg and cream mixture might become too runny when it defrosts.
      But I have had success with cooking a half batch if you are worried about having left overs.

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    Omg. Perfection. I don’t know why I’ve never thought to make this ahead before, but I am SO glad you did! Looks amaze!

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  7. I love breakfast too! Your Monte Cristo looks wonderful!

  8. Reply

    I love that you turned this classic sandwich into a casserole! Fun idea!

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    • Liz
    • April 17, 2017
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    I love a Monte Cristo sandwich, so I have a feeling I’d also go crazy for your fabulous casserole!

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  13. Reply

    Ohhhhh goodness gracious – the savory and sweet combo going on (and the gooey goodness!!!) is so so great!!!!

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  18. Reply

    I hope your burn is on the mend. Your casserole sounds like a delicious addition to any brunch!

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