monte cristo lasagna
Monte Cristo Lasagna – is a fun twist on a Monte Cristo sandwich. Made with lasagna noodles, white cream sauce, ham, shredded Swiss cheese, turkey, and topped with golden puff pastry. Serve this Monte Cristo Lasagna for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Have you ever been somewhere that just gets you?
There was Fried Green Tomato BLT, Beef Bologna Slab, and Mom’s Meatloaf, oh my! Each grilled cheese peaked my curiosity and had me jazz-hands-ing for more. But for me, the piece de resistance was the Monte Cristo.
You’ve heard of this little fellow, right? Fried ham, turkey, and cheese sandwich dusted with confectioners sugar. This famous sandwich (hello, they wrote a book about it. wait. the book isn’t about the sandwich? no wonder English lit was confusing) even has a sister-cousin called the croque-madame.
Now, you can’t talk about decadent grilled cheese without talking about lasagna. Do WHUT? Just go with me for a second. Don’t get me wrong, I luvvvvvv me some grilled cheese. But it’s the holidays and with the potlucks every other night, things can get a little hectic. So, I decided to turn the Monte Cristo into a more portable vehicle, lasagna.
Layers of noodles, ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, white sauce, and a perfectly golden puff pastry crust makes this dish the must-have for any holiday recipe exchange. Oh! And speaking of recipe exchange, I want to invite y’all along to our holiday recipe exchange party!
The amazing peeps over at ADA Mideast along with a fab group of bloggers listed below are joining forces to spread the word about the Great America Milk Drive (GAMD). This program delivers highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families. Pretty sweet, huh?!
But wait. Here’s where you come in, my friends. For every “like,” share or comment of our recipe photos on the ADA Mideast Facebook page from today through Dec. 12, ADA Mideast will donate $1 to the GAMD. Plus, the country’s dairy farmers and milk companies will match the total donation, doubling the gallons of gifts! YIPPEEE!!!
Make sure and check out the rest of the dairy crew and their fabulous recipes!
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***This post is sponsored by ADA Mideast. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own!***
P.S. Don’t forget to dust your lasagna with powdered sugar. It will make your day sparkle. K. Thanks.
Monte Cristo Lasagna
- 1 package no boil lasagna noodles
- 2 cups cooked ham, diced
- 1½ cups cooked turkey, diced
- 3 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
- 1 sheet thawed puff pastry
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cups whole milk
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 egg
- confectioner sugars, dusting
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a medium saucepan preheated to medium heat, melt six tablespoons of butter. Add the flour and whisk until the flour is cooked out and you have roux. Gradually add the milk and nutmeg. Whisk until the sauce has thickened about five minutes. Stir in a little s&p too.
- Spray a standard 13X9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Pour 1/3 cup of the white sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Then grab 3 noodles and place them over the sauce. Then spread 1 cup of the white sauce over the noodles and top it with 1/2 cup ham, 1/2 cup turkey, and 1 cup Swiss cheese. Repeat layering 2 more times!! On the final layer of noodles, pour any remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Next, top the lasgana with a sheet of puff pastry. In a small bowl, whisk an egg and brush the top of the puff pastry with the egg wash. Make sure to make two or three small cuts in the puff pastry to keep it from rising.
- Bake lasagna for about 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving and dusting with confectioners sugar!
I am still dreaming of all that fabulous grilled cheese goodness!
AND then you made this lasagna and my taste buds fell off my head! LOVE this girl. Pinned!
Right?!! It was sooooo good! Thanks, Taylor!
I will be dreaming about this lasagna all day long! Very creative my friend.
Why, thanks, love!
LOL!. Thanks, Laura!
HOley Moley this looks so rich and gooey and good…my mouth is watering. No lie.
Thanks, Sheila! Miss your face!
You did NOT just turn a monte cristo into lasagna. Eeek! I’m slow clapping for you all the way in Seattle…nice work!! 🙂
Yay!! I’m hiving you from Denver!! Thanks, Jennifer!
This is crazy in the best way. And is it bad I kind of want to eat that huge plate of grilled cheese goodness again? I could probably do that every day…
That means we need to cross paths again soon and eat a smorgasbord of grilled cheese! Deal?
WOW!!, this looks gorgeous..
Love from Spain
Oh my gosh – I just died and went to heaven!! Gurlfrannnn you made me favorite sammich into lazagna and I’m over the moon! The most epic of high fives to you.
You are the best!! Thanks, my dear!
This looks to die for! Love the #GIVE GALLONS program!
THIS!! Oh wow, this!! So incredible and delicious, Lauren!
And what a great program! 🙂
Oh my, this looks so incredible!
Woah, this is so right!! One of my favourite sandwich combos + pasta – I’m in heaven!
A monte cristo lasagna?! Girl, you’ve outdone yourself!!! I just want to curl right up in those layers!
I LOVE your creativity. I bet this tastes like love. Yum!
This might very well be one of the best ideas ever, on the face of the planet and beyond. I am thoroughly in love. This will be made soon!
Ummm yeah. Talk about the most indulgent, unique lasagna — for lack of a better word — EVER.
my husband LOVES monte cristos. this looks amazing.
Out of all the grilled cheese we stuffed our faces with that day, the monte cristo might have been my favorite! This is pure genius! Thanks for the awesome recipe… pinned!
You did NOT top lasagna with puff pastry except…YOU DID. I <3 you.
What a fantastic mash-up of two great recipes! Genius!
HI. Do you think this could be made the night before, kept in the fridge and then baked before serving? I imagine, just put the pastry puff on top just before baking???
Julie – Hi! This casserole can absolutely be made the night before. Just put the puff pastry on top the next day:)
I made this for Christmas and it was fabulous! Although, I don’t think 1-3/4 cups of milk equals 1/3 C for the bottom, then 1 C 3 more times!! I made another batch of sauce while in the middle of making it, and I would recommend upping the milk to 3 cups, butter and flour the same. I used smoked ham and smoked turkey deli meat (from Central Market) diced up and also used slices of Swiss cheese, not shredded as that is what I had. Will definitely make this again, and the leftovers heat up well for lunch. I served with syrup on top!
Pamela – Thank you so much for the feedback! I will definitely up the milk quantity. I am so glad you liked the recipe! xoxo
Looks amazing! Does this really only serve 4? Directions say to use a 9×13.
Maybe because it’s August and I’m so over the heat, but I’m dreaming of cold weather when it’s more suitable to make this rich, unique, and magical-looking monte cristo dish. I happened upon your blog via a circuitous route from Twitter and oh, so glad I did! Your photography is just lovely! Can’t wait to come back soon to try lots of your lish-looking recipes! –Ginger
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I wanted to make this recipe tomorrow but I’m afraid to try. Looks to me like there us not nearly enough sauce and lasagna noodles to fill a 9X13 pan. Also the 4 servings doesn’t make sense to me.
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I’ve made this twice and it’s so good. I didn’t have any no boil noodles so I used regular. There is enough sauce that they work just fine. Even my super picky 7 year old asked for seconds.
Yay!! That makes me so happy. I’m so glad the family is loving the recipe!! Thanks, Amanda!
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Made this once to be Sure it was good – and IT WAS. Making for brunch for a group tomorrow – can’t wait. I am making it in an 8 x 10 pan this time -think it will come out better – I’ll let you know.
Yay!! I’m so glad you liked the recipe, Patty!
Just made this most unique lasagna recipe.. for my very traditional husband. Usually when i try different recipes he tells me to cook like i used too, lol!! I cant tell you how many times he told me “ thank-you !! Supper was really great!! “ thinking of making this for a community meal.. I think they would love it!! Thanks to you!!
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I went full Monte (ha!) and added some jam on the side. It was amazing.
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Made this monte cristo lasagna for lunch today and it is truly amazing. You actually think that you are eating a monte cristo sandwich and of course I had to make sure that we had raspberry preserves on the side. That just made it perfect.
I made this today and it was so yummy! I definitely will make it again but I will make extra white sauce next time as I felt it needs more but I made it as written and it’s great. Thanks for sharing