Kiwi Monte Cristo

Do a triple-take on the standard triple layer sandwich. This is not your mom’s Monte Cristo.

Makes 4 sandwiches.


¼ cup / 60 ml Mayonnaise, low fat
1 large clove Fresh garlic, minced
1 tbsp / 15 ml Orange juice
1 tsp / 5 ml Orange peel, grated
4 Eggs
1 cup / 250 ml Milk
2 Tbsp / 30 ml Grand Marnier (optional)
1 tsp / 5 ml Cinnamon, ground
12 slices Firm white bread, crusts removed
4 oz / 125 g Havarti cheese, thinly sliced
4 oz / 125 g Turkey, cooked and thinly sliced
4 oz / 125 g Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
4 green kiwifruit, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
2 tbsp / 15 ml Butter or margarine
Powered sugar


Preheat oven to 375°F (190ºC).

Puree mayonnaise, garlic and orange juice until blended.  Stir in orange peel; set aside.

Whisk eggs, milk, Grand Marnier and cinnamon until blended.  Dip 4 slices bread into the egg-mixture, coating both sides.  Spread 1 ½ teaspoons mayonnaise mixture on one side of each bread slice.  Layer Havarti and turkey.

Dip 4 more slices bread into egg-mixture; place on top of turkey slices.  Spread 1 ½ teaspoons mayonnaise mixture on top of each bread slice; top with Mozzarella and kiwifruit slices.

Dip last 4 slices bread into egg-mixture and place on top of kiwifruit slices.  Secure sandwiches with long toothpicks.

Melt butter in 13x9x2-inch (33x23x5 cm) pan.  Place sandwiches on butter.  Bake at 375°F (190ºC) for 30 minutes, turning once until golden brown.  Cut each sandwich in half diagonally, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Serving Nutritional Analysis: Calories 560 (49% Calories from Fat), Protein 30g, Carbohydrate 42g, Fiber 4g, Fat 31g, Sat. Fat 16g, Cholesterol 270mg, Sodium 1200mg

Recipe courtesy of Zespri.