Friday, November 13, 2015

Monte Cristo Quesadillas

EACH YEAR AFTER THANKSGIVING, we make Monte Cristo sandwiches, using slices of turkey, ham, and Swiss cheese. The sandwiches are dipped in an egg mixture and cooked in a hot skillet, much like French toast. The sandwiches are then sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with cranberry sauce.

These Monte Cristo quesadillas are not made with Thanksgiving leftovers because I don't yet have any. But I did have some tortillas I wanted to use, left from making Pot Roast Quesadillas. I used deli sliced turkey, ham, and Swiss cheese and served them with homemade Strawberry Ginger Jam.

I did not dip these quesadillas in custard before cooking but I did consider it. . .

Monte Cristo Quesadillas
2 large tortillas
2 - 3 oz. sliced turkey
2 - 3 oz. sliced ham
2 - 3 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
Powdered sugar
Butter for pan

Layer turkey, ham, and cheese slices on one tortilla. Top with the other tortilla.

Heat a pat or two of butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Put the stacked tortillas into the skillet and cook until well browned then flip over and cook the other side until browned and the cheese is melted.

Remove from skillet and dust with powdered sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with berry jam or maple syrup.

Repeat steps for additional quesadillas..


  1. What a great idea! I can't wait to see what you come up with next, we always have tortillas in the fridge, but I don't always want to eat the standard southwest flavors.

    1. Hi Melynda, like you, we don't always want the standard flavors for tortillas. Also, I don't really enjoy tortillas at all unless they are crisp. Not a fan of the burrito. Have you tried breakfast quesadillas? That is one of our standards. Thank you for your comment, Rocquie

  2. You don't see Monte Cristo sandwiches much these days! I was out to lunch at a restaurant a few weeks ago, and they were a special. So I ordered them -- I'd forgotten how good they are. Love what you've done with yours -- very creative. Thanks!

    1. John, isn't it funny how foods go in and out of "style" along with many other trends? We really enjoyed these quesadillas. Thank you for your comment, Rocquie