Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole is a version of the Monte Cristo ham and cheese sandwich. Bake and serve with a side of jam!

Breakfast is a great place to gather with the ones you love. Especially over the holiday season! Here are 4 Make-Ahead Breakfast Casseroles that you might want to try! Or, a classic Monte Cristo Breakfast Burrito Bake – new on the  blog.

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Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

Today enjoy this Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole, a spin on the Monte Cristo sandwich that I remember so well, my parents always ordering it when we ate out.

Easy Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

This is what I love about holildays. Connecting with friends over meals, Christmas cards and letters, holiday parties, and coffee dates. Long walks, sitting by the fire, Christmas music, and watching movies together. Even though the holidays may look different for us this year, we will still celebrate, and eat together!

For this recipe I used the following ingredients:

  • Franz Innkeeper’s Cranberry Orange Bread (or you could use any berry bread, like raspberry)
  • Canadian bacon
  • Swiss and Gruyere cheese
  • Honey mustard
  • Orange cranberry relish from Trader Joe’s or raspberry jam
  • Eggs and milk
  • Salt and pepper

Overnight breakfast casserole

Thanksgiving and Christmas is a great time to plan some simple meals. Breakfast is easy, too, any time of year. But especially scrumptious during the winter months. Last year I shared my Winter Breakfast Casserole during the holidays–so good. This year, make this Breakfast Braid Brunch Board, or this Banana Bread Brioche French Toast recipe!

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Many breakfast dishes you can make the night before. I just love getting organized the night before, don’t you? Pull the breakfast casserole out in the morning and bake, filling the house with delicious aromas.

How to make a breakfast casserole

Prepare this breakfast casserole the night before serving (or up to 2 days prior), following the recipe below. Lay the bread out on a big board to assemble.

Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole - how to

Cut the “sandwiches” in triangles.

Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole - cut in triangles

Place the pieces in a 9×13 pan, tips up!

Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole - 9x13

Pour the egg mixture over the sandwiches; cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days.

Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole - make ahead

In the morning, preheat the oven, remove the covering, and bake according to directions!

Being able to assemble a meal ahead to make the morning more relaxed works for me!

This kind of hosting takes the stress out of the reluctant entertainer! :)

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What is Monte Cristo breakfast?

A breakfast monte cristo is basically a French Toast Monte Cristo Sandwich. It usually involves turkey, ham, bacon, lots of cheese, eggs, and tasty preserves, tucked between two slices of thick bread.

Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole - dust with powdered sugar

Sprinkle with powdered sugar right before serving!

Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole - serve!

What should I serve for Thanksgiving breakfast?

Today I’m sharing these amazing Thanksgiving breakfast recipes:

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole [Real Housemoms]

Cheesy Breakfast Sandwich Sliders [RE]

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagel Breakfast Board [RE]

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe [RE]

Delicious Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

What should I serve for Christmas brunch?

Today I’m sharing these amazing Christmas brunch recipes:

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole [Real Housemoms]

Fresh Cranberry Grape Walnut Salad [RE]

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Recipe [RE]

Can you make breakfast in a slow cooker?

You can make breakfast casseroles in the slow cooker. Here are a couple recipes that we enjoy:

Overnight Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole [Family Food on the Table]

Slow Cooker Pesto Denver Omelette Breakfast [RE]

Happy Holidays, Friends!

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Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

Make ahead and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days before baking. Optional to serve with your favorite preserves!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf specialty bread, such as Franz Innkeeper’s Cranberry Orange Bread (or what's in season)
  • 16 oz Canadian bacon, or ham slices
  • 4 oz Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 1/2 cup orange cranberry relish, or 1/2 cup favorite preserves, like peach or marmelade, or raspberry jam
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups cups milk
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting
  • 3/4 cup Raspberry Preserves, optional
  • Fresh sage, garnish

Instructions

  • Prepare a 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • On a large surface, lay out the slices of bread. On half the pieces, arrange the Canadian bacon, then the sliced Swiss cheese on top. Add 1 Tbsp. of the cranberry relish or raspberry jam; spread.
  • On the other half, spread the honey mustard (be generous with the amount you spread on, as it makes it really good). Put the pieces of bread together to make a sandwich; cut into triangles.
  • Place the triangles in the prepared pan, triangle points up. You will need to push together to make them all fit.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the sandwiches. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and chill overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Uncover the dish and bake for 30-35 minutes ur until golden or the eggs have set (not runny).
  • Remove; let cool for 10 minutes. Garnish with a few sage sprigs. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with a side of maple syrup or jam! Makes about 10 servings.

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Notes

Make ahead and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days before baking. Optional to serve with your favorite preserves!
Reposted from DEC 2018
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a pan of Overnight Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

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