Turkey Pastrami Monte Crisp-O

I tried a slightly different take on the common Monte Cristo sandwich for brunch. Rather than using ham, turkey and either Swiss or Gouda; this sandwich contains bacon, turkey pastrami and Colby Jack.

We had a snow storm last night so I figured a nice warm breakfast would do the trick today. Staring out the window and seeing the large white flakes still falling to the ground, all I could think about was powdered sugar. French toast came to mind. However, I knew we weren’t going to eat till late morning so I was craving something a bit heartier to last until dinner. That’s when I thought of Monte Cristo sandwiches.

I liked the idea of using turkey pastrami because it already had a good amount of seasoning. I also thought substituting the bacon instead of ham would give the sandwich a decent crunch (hence the “Crisp-O” in the title, lol) and some smokiness. As for the cheese, since there was a lot of flavor from the meats already, I thought the Colby Jack would be the perfect mellow addition.

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The measurements I used below worked for our sandwiches as we don’t like them too large. Of course, feel free to change yours up to suit your taste and appetite. Also note, we normally have a few pieces of pre-cooked bacon in the refrigerator for quick meals like this. We’ll just heat them up in the toaster oven for about a minute before using. However, if you are making bacon specifically for this sandwich, leave yourself enough extra time to cook it before building the sandwich. We like to bake ours using these quick tips.

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1 egg
1/4 cup milk (I use Smart Balance lactose-free fat free milk)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar
4 slices white bread
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 slices pre-cooked bacon (each piece torn in half)
8 pieces thinly sliced turkey pastrami (I use Jennie-O extra lean turkey pastrami)
1/4 cup finely shredded Colby Jack cheese, separated into two parts (I use Cabot since it contains 0g lactose)
1 tablespoon of butter (separated into two parts)
Powdered sugar
Seedless raspberry jelly, jam or spread (for dipping)


1. Beat egg with milk and pour into a shallow dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar and set aside.

2. Lay out two slices of bread and spread 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard between them, making sure the mustard reaches crust to crust on the insides of each slice. Place 4 slices of turkey pastrami on one side of bread. Place 1 1/2 pieces (3 halves) of cooked bacon on top of the turkey pastrami. Sprinkle with one part of the cheese and close sandwich with other slice of bread. Repeat process with remaining two slices of bread. Set sandwiches aside.

3. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in large skillet over medium heat. Dip both sides of each sandwich into the egg batter and gently place into heated skillet. Fry sandwiches about 4-5 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. Remove sandwiches briefly from skillet. Add second 1/2 tablespoon of butter to skillet and melt. Quickly return sandwiches to skillet frying the uncooked sides 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Remove from heat and transfer to plates.

4. Dust each sandwich with powdered sugar and cut at a diagonal (for easier dipping). Serve with seedless raspberry jam. Enjoy!

***I’m happy to announce that this recipe has been included in the #Foodie Friends Friday link party. Thanks for the invite, Joanne of “What’s On The List?”!!***

8 thoughts on “Turkey Pastrami Monte Crisp-O

  1. Joanne/WineLady Cooks

    This sandwich looks so good. I love your take on the Monte Cristo. Thanks for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday 30 Minute Meals this week. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
    I’ll be sharing this on my FB page tomorrow.

    1. Dana Post author

      It was my pleasure to share this with FFF Joanne and I look forward to participating again! I’m so glad you like the sandwich and I’m honored that you’ll be sharing it on your own FB page! Yay!! 😀

  2. Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day and well done Dana! Thank you for mentioning my blog! You did GREAT and the badge re FFF looks good too!
    I was SO glad you decided to join the party…YUM re the recipe! Hope you can join next week and find a like minded friend or two! Cheers! Joanne

    1. Dana Post author

      Joanne, I’m sooooo happy you invited me. Thank you thank you thank you. 😀 The least I can do is mention your blog of course! What a cool idea this link party is. I’m glad that you like the recipe that I used for it. I can’t wait to join the next one.

    1. Dana Post author

      How awesome is that!?! Thanks so much for letting me know and for having me participate in the party! 😀


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