Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole


Opposites attract in this breakfast casserole twist on the classic diner sandwich: Monte Cristo. A dusting of powdered sugar is a sweet complement to the salty ham and cheese.

Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 ½ cup milk

  • 8 eggs

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 1-1.5 pound round loaf country Italian bread, cut into ten 1/2-inch thick slices

  • ¼ cup Dijon-style mustard

  • 8 ounce thinly sliced cooked ham

  • 6 ounce Gruyere or Swiss cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • Powdered sugar


  1. Grease a 3-quart baking dish. In a large bowl whisk together milk, eggs, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

  2. Spread half the bread slices with mustard, then top with ham and half of the cheese. Spread remaining bread slices with butter then place buttered sides down on cheese. Cut each sandwich diagonally into four triangles. Arrange points up in prepared baking dish. Pour egg mixture over sandwiches. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover; chill overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover dish. Bake 35 minutes or until golden and egg mixture is set. Remove. Let cool 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


To dry bread, preheat oven to 325°F. Arrange slices on baking sheet, overlapping as necessary. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry; cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
17g Fat
23g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 804mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 1.1mg 6%
Calcium 260mg 20%
Iron 1.9mg 11%
Potassium 230mg 5%
Folate, total 93.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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