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Monte Cristo Casserole

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So easy, super delicious, a real crowd pleaser and can be put together in the morning and baked when you get home from work! I get tons of requests for this dish, and it is perfect for pot luck get togethers. IF you have any leftovers, slice and freeze then just thaw and heat in a fry pan with a bit of butter! Monte Cristos are traditionally served with strawberry jam or maple syrup but my family prefers them plain.
Ingredients
  French bread loaf 1 Large, sliced (1/2-inch thick)
  Dijon mustard 2 Tablespoon
  Swiss cheese 6 Ounce, thinly sliced (Emmental cheese)
  Ham 1 Pound, thinly sliced (Virginia Ham or Deli ham)
  Provolone cheese 6 Ounce, thinly sliced
  Eggs 4 Medium
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Panko/Breadcrumbs 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Fresh parsley 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Bacon 4 Tablespoon, cooked and crumbled (6-8 slices)
  Mozzarella cheese 4 Ounce, grated
  Green onion 2 Medium, finely chopped
Directions

MAKING
1.At the bottom of a large (2-quart) rectangular casserole dish, layer 1/2 of the bread.
2.Spread mustard on the bread.
3.Layer with Provolone cheese, ham and Swiss cheese.
4.Now layer the rest of the bread slices on top.
5.Beat the egg and milk together.
6.Pour the mixture over the bread.
7.Chill for anywhere between 1 to 12 hours.

FINALIZING
8. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
9.Mix together the bread crumbs, parsley and olive oil before baking .
10.Sprinkle this over the casserole top.
11.Bake for about 40 minutes in the oven
12.Remove and top with mozzarella and bacon and green onions.
13.Put it back in the oven for about 3-5 minutes, just long enough for cheese to melt.

SERVING
14.Serve with strawberry jam or maple syrup. Can be served plain too.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Cheesy
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Casserole, Bread
Interest: 
Party
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
100 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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