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This turkey Monte Cristo is made with cranberry sauce, arugula, leftover turkey, and Swiss cheese. Perfectly grilled and delicious! This is the perfect sandwich for using up all those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Turkey Monte Cristo on a plate.

I always feel like the day after Thanksgiving is a giant hodgepodge of meals.

You sit there thinking “how can I use up all this turkey?”

Of course, there are the typical ways to use it up – turkey soup, turkey wild rice chili or maybe even go full on Friends and make a leftover turkey sandwich with moist maker. The possibilities are endless.

And slightly exhausting.

I mean I love turkey but I’m not exactly about eating turkey every. single. meal. after Thanksgiving.

Do you know what  I mean? 

A bag of bread on a table.

So this year I decided to try a little something different with my Thanksgiving leftovers.

I froze half and instead of doing the typical mayonnaise and turkey sandwich, I’m going full of Monte Cristo style.

PLUS I can use my homemade ginger laced cranberry orange sauce on the sandwich to bring the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

Then I piled on some Swiss cheese, arugula, and lots of leftover sliced turkey, obviously.

After all that sandwich building I dipped it in an egg mixture and fried it right up! Then I sprinkled it with powdered sugar.

It’s basically a savory French toast sandwich.

It’s 100% delicious and 100% worth it.

Because I’m working with Udi’s Gluten-free for this post I opted to use gluten-free bread BUT you can use whatever bread you happen to have on hand.

Some great options are whole wheat, potato bread, leftover rolls, or even sliced sandwich bread.

Turkey Monte Cristo on a plate covered with powdered sugar.

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This turkey monte cristo is made with cranberry sauce, arugula, leftover turkey and Swiss cheese. Perfectly grilled and gluten free! This is the perfect sandwich for using up all those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Turkey Monte Cristo

Yield: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This turkey Monte Cristo is made with cranberry sauce, arugula, leftover turkey, and Swiss cheese. Perfectly grilled and delicious!


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices white sandwich bread
  • 4 tablespoons whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups leftover turkey slices or chunks
  • 2 small handfuls arugula
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Powdered sugar


In a shallow dish whisk together egg and milk. Season with kosher salt and pepper and set aside.

Lay out 2 slices of bread and top in this order - 1 tablespoon of cranberry sauce, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, an equal amount of leftover turkey, and 1 handful of arugula.

Cover the other slices of bread with 1 tablespoon each of cranberry sauce and top the sandwich.

In a large skillet or griddle set over medium heat add 2 tablespoons butter. Let the butter melt and get hot.

Once the butter is hot dip the sandwich (both sides) into the egg mixture and add the sandwiches to the prepared skillet.

Cook until the bottom is golden brown and flip. If the skillet needs more butter add a little more butter to the skillet.

When you remove the sandwich from the skillet the cheese should be melted (and the inside of the sandwich will be hot) and the outside will be golden brown.

Serve hot with extra cranberry sauce and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1170Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 280mgSodium: 3390mgCarbohydrates: 170gFiber: 5gSugar: 119gProtein: 51g

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Jamie | My Baking Addiction

Monday 30th of November 2015

This is one stunning sandwich! I haven't had a Monte Cristo in years, but I think that's about to change.

Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox

Monday 30th of November 2015

You're right, great minds do think alike! But your version is definitely healthier!

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