Leftover Turkey-Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches

 Leftover Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches
It's not too early to start planning what you are going to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers. There might be items you want to pick up and have on hand for the days after the holiday. Goodness knows you won't want to head back to the market (even though it will be empty).

Anyway, the Monte Cristo is traditionally a fried ham and cheese sandwich. I have always dined on them at the Blue Bayou, the restaurant that sits inside The Pirate's of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Have you been there? It has been years since I was back but I remember them fondly.

The Monte Cristo is essentially a variation of the French croque-monsieur and my version uses your leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. It's kind of like making French toast but with a sandwich. In other words, it's very easy.

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches open
I used Muenster cheese (not to be confused with Munster cheese). Muenster is a great melting variety with a mild, creamy taste. Have the deli counter person slice it as thin as possible. 

This sandwich is a great way to use up leftovers, especially if you have to feed a house full of holiday visitors. I think re-purposing leftovers into a completely different meal is always a great way to use them up. No one wants to keep eating the same thing over and over again.

I can't help but wonder how these would do in a panini press? Hmmmm.

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches take a bite

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches the perfect after holiday lunch
Serve with fresh fruit to round out the meal.

Print Recipe

Leftover Turkey-Cranberry Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves: 8-10 sandwiches


  • 1 loaf very soft French Bread, sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups cranberry sauce
  • 12 oz thinly sliced Muenster cheese
  • thinly sliced leftover turkey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4-6 Tablespoons butter
  • confectioners' sugar


  • Spread each slice of bread with cranberry sauce, you can add as much or as little as you like. To build each sandwich, take a slice of cheese and tear it in half. Top the bread with half a cheese slice, turkey and the other half of the cheese slice. Top with another slice of bread, cranberry sauce side down.
  • In a shallow pie plate, add eggs and milk and beat the mixture with a fork until combined. Soak each sandwich in the mixture, about 30 seconds per side. You want the bread saturated but not soggy.
  • Over medium heat, melt a couple Tablespoons of butter in a nonstick skillet. Add a few sandwiches and cook until the bottoms are golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Flip sandwiches and cook the other sides until golden. Add more butter as needed to cook the rest of the sandwiches.
  • Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving. (Serve warm)

Are you following my Thanksgiving Leftovers Pinterest Board? There are lots of great recipes already there and I will be pinning a lot more over the coming weeks. Make sure to follow along if you don't already.

Post a Comment


  1. Ashley 1

    I’ve already been thinking about different ways to use leftovers too! These sound fantastic!

  2. Teresa 2

    I do this with cream cheese and call them cranky turkey sandwiches. I will try it with muenster, yum!

  3. this is my kind of leftovers! Looks delicious.

  4. What a great idea! I love repurposing leftovers. I’ll eat leftovers all week, but the hubs needs it to be switched up to keep his interest. I’ll be keeping this in mind – pinned!

  5. Girl you read my mine. I was going to make a monte cristo turkey sandwich this weekend. This looks delicious and even confirms why I needed to make it in the first place.

  6. Virginia Kahler-Anderson, aka HomeRearedChef 6

    This recipe will be PERFECT to do on the morning following Thanksgiving. Thank you!!

  7. Girl, we do something similar every year after Thanksgiving…grilled cheese or panini pressed. Provolone is my favorite cheese to add. Just scrumptious with turkey and cranberry sauce or relish. We do this with ham after Christmas as well. Don’t forget the mustard! ;)

  8. my Grandpa Z used to make this exact thing on ‘Black Friday’ – then we’d go to the mall with Grandma and Mom, they’d go shopping and Grandpa and I would sit and ‘People Watch’ all day! such good memories, and delicious breakfast memories as well!

    can I come to YOUR house after Thanksgiving? ;)

  9. This kind of leftover Thanksgiving meal is a winner with me. Love the savory-sweet combo.

  10. I’ve never had a monte cristo and I need to change that because they have my name written all over them!

  11. OMGosh! These look amazing and I cant wait to try them. Thank you for a great post.

  12. Jessica Barnes 12

    I just made these and they were amazing! Thanks for sharing :-)

  13. Jennifer 13

    Just okay. In the future I’d her just leave the cranberry sauce on the side of skip the monte crisco idea and do a grilled turkey and cheese melt with cranberry on the side. This ended up too soggy for us. The excess butter and egg amounted to extra soggy calories. My kids wouldn’t touch it. Flavor was okay.

  14. Shelly 14

    OMG we loved these! Reminded us of a savary French Toast! Love those T-day flavors in there!!

  15. Edith M in TN 15

    Heck yeah these were delicious! Reminded me of something my Grandma used to make….a lovely, mild dinner my whole family loved!

  16. Rita Forrester 16

    We absolutely loved this dinner. Everyone gobbled it down like it was dessert!

  17. Sarah 17

    Awesome recipe! One thing though:
    1. I ended up using regular sandwich bread. In this case, I recommend not using the bread/eggs mixture, just making it like you would a traditional grilled cheese. It was a little too soggy for me.
    Great combo though!!!

  18. Gorgeous pictures. I made these leftover turkey cranberry monte cristo sandwiches for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favorite. I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing, Cathy!


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

You can click here to Subscribe without commenting