Time for February's Crazy Ingredient Challenge!
The theme for this month was mustard and strawberry. When I first heard the ingredients my mind went to barbecue sauce, but then I thought of Monte Cristos. A Monte Cristo is essentially a french fried ham and cheese sandwich. There are many types of variation, but I decided to do things a little differently and use crescent rolls, strawberry preserves, brie cheese and top it off if a Dijon dipping sauce. This is a really easy recipe and is a perfect party food. I love the combination of the savory and sweet- plus the tang from the mustard is fantastic. If you would like to join the fun of the Crazy Cooking Challenge check out our host's (Jutta) blog Hungry Little Girl
for more details!
While making these I did a little reading on Monte Cristo sandwiches. They are a variation of a croque-monsieur and it seems like that variation was that monte cristos are fried, not grilled. There are also many variation of this sandwich in France. I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be a Kellen favorite when we are in France this spring...
2 tubes of crescent rolls
16 thin slices of ham
5 oz spreadable brie cheese
Strawberry Preserves (I use Bonne Maman)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 Tbl mayo
1/2 tsp honey
Powdered Sugar, optional garnish
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Open the crescent rolls and remove two at a time. Use your fingers to pinch the rolls together at the seam to create a rectangle.
Spread a layer of brie gently over the crescent roll followed by a layer of strawberry preserves. Place two slices of ham on the crescent and roll it up. Place it seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.
While baking, prepare the dipping sauce. Stir together mustard, mayo and honey. Set aside.
Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes. You may slice if desired or serve whole with a side of the mustard dipping sauce. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.