Sunday, October 26, 2014

Perfect Sunday Brunch

Hello everybody and happy Sunday! Although Sundays are usually my homework day (boo), I love love love them. For me, it is a day to sleep in, enjoy a brunch with my family, relax in the garden, and get prepared for the week ahead. Today, like many other Sundays, I decided to make my simple Baked Monte Cristo Sandwiches! I originally saw a variation of this recipe on Pinterest but through time and sometimes running out of ingredients, I've adapted it. So I am happy to share my Perfect Sunday Brunch with you!

Baked Monte Cristo Sandwiches (makes 4)

-1 package of Pillsbury Original Crescents
-1 jar of Strawberry Preserves (I prefer Archer Farms from Target)
-1 package of Provolone cheese
-1 package of Honey Ham Deli Slices (I prefer Market Pantry from Target)
-1 package of Oven-Roasted Turkey Deli Slices (I prefer Market Pantry from Target)
-2 tbsp of Powdered Sugar

-Preheat oven according to directions on the back of your Pillsbury Original Crescents (typically 375). 
-Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (this makes clean up easier). 
-Open up your Pillsbury Original Crescents and place them on the baking sheet (for this next portion, you can use your baking sheet as your work surface). 
-Take two of your crescents (two triangles of dough) and pinch them together so that they form a rectangle. Be sure that you pinch them together well! If this step is not done well, the seam will split in the oven.
-Spread a generous layer of preserves on your 4 rectangles.
-Layer 1 slice of Provolone cheese, 1 slice of ham, and 1 slice of turkey on each rectangle. I use the Market Pantry meat from Target because they are the exact same size as the dough rectangles! This makes the next step easier and it looks nicer.
-Roll your crescent rectangles up tightly. Don't worry if some preserve squeezes out. This is normal.
-Once you have your 4 rolls, be sure to arrange them evenly on your baking sheet with the seam side down. 
-Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until the crescents are golden. 
-Remove from oven and transfer each Monte Cristo Sandwich onto a plate.
-Add some Powdered Sugar (enough for dusting) to a small sifter.
-Shake sugar over the top of each sandwich until satisfied with the covering.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe! It is not a traditional Monte Cristo but it is just as tasty (and simpler)! As you get comfortable with this recipe, you can exchange the Strawberry Preserves with any preserve of your choosing. It is fun to change up your preserves as the seasons change. I have also found that if you are out of Provolone, Mozzarella works just as well. Take this recipe, experiment, and have fun!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week! Thanks for reading!

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