Monte Cristo Pull Apart Bread

by Kate on August 23, 2013

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When it comes to diner food, the monte cristo sandwich is king for me! There’s something about ham, turkey and swiss cheese that’s deep-fried and dusted with powdered sugar that just makes my heart sing. Really, if you deep fry about anything I’ll be a happy gal. But that sandwich is something special. It feels like a french toast disguising a ham and turkey sandwich. Maybe this sounds strange if you haven’t tasted one before but I assure you, it’s something wonderful!

Here I’ve taken the elements of that classic sandwich and created Monte Cristo Pull Apart Bread. Layers of dough, ham, turkey and swiss cheese complete with a dusting of powdered sugar and jam for dipping. Just like the sandwich but you can share it with a crowd or perhaps you just eat half the loaf and call it your lunch. True story. Once I sampled a piece, I just couldn’t help myself! It’s an irresistible loaf of bread.

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You can hop on over to Food Fanatic to read more about Jersey diners, my favorite sandwich and this addictive Monte Cristo Bread Recipe.

Enjoy!

~K

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Jersey Girl Cooks August 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

This looks fabulous! Heading over to see the recipe.

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Thanks Lisa!

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Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog) August 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

Wow, that is bloody brilliant!!!! I don’t eat the yummy sandwiches enough, but I do love them. This would be a fun bread to share at a party! Delicious, Hugs, Terra

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm

It would be perfect for a party! If you could resist eating the whole thing yourself. I had trouble with that part.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog August 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

This pull apart bread looks even better than the original sammie. And it’s gorgeous!

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Thank you so much Jennie! I’m flattered you think so.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom August 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

OMG Kate!!! I love this! I’ve made the pull apart bread but this takes it to another level completely. LOVE this and can’t wait to try it! Triple yum.

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Wow! Thanks Alice! Hope you enjoy it.

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

I love a Monte Cristo…you said it. When perusing breakfast menus I always want a bit of everything…it does that for me. In pull-a-part fashion? Even better!

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Thanks Barb! The Monte Cristo really is like the best of both worlds, isn’t it?

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

Oh wow that looks so awesome! Great spin on pull apart bread

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thanks Erin!

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Emily @ Jelly Toast August 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

Kate, you had me at powdered sugar! There is an Irish pub here that used to serve an ‘Irish’ Monte Cristo (still have no idea what made it Irish necessarily) but I would order it EVERY time I went. Then they took it off the menu and I swear I about cried. It is such an odd sounding combination, but oh my goodness, it’s the best thing EVER! The ham, turkey, cheese with powdered sugar and jam? I need to go lay down for a minute so I don’t pass out, lol. Thank you, thank you!

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Oh my goodness, your comment made me chuckle! Loved it. Thank you so much! And I’m so intrigued by the thought of an Irish Monte Cristo. If I were to make one, I think I’d deep fry a corned beef and cabbage sandwich instead of ham, turkey and swiss 😉 That sounds delicious to me!! I think I need to make that happen ASAP.

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Ruthy @ Omeletta August 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I haven’t had a Monte Cristo in about a million years- my grandma used to make them for me all the time- so this is super nostalgic for me. Man do I love diner food! Heading over to the recipe right now!

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Isn’t it wonderful how food is tied to so many memories? Love hearing about yours. And thank you, I’m so happy you like this recipe.

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

What a great idea for a pull apart bread! Love it!

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Kate August 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Thanks Jessica!

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ChristineM August 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I always loved the Monte Cristo from Disneyland restaurant, where the Pirates of Caribbean is? I love how you turned it up a notch so to speak on this one! Now I can make this at home and not spend the gobs of money to go to Disney! LOL

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Karen - Cinnamon Freud August 24, 2013 at 12:58 am

Genius idea for pull apart bread! I can never resist a monte cristo (especially if it is deep fried- yum), and this bread looks amazing.

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Kate August 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

Thank you Karen! It was truly an amazing loaf of bread. So good!

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spoonstories August 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Oh my God what delicious recipe is this?
Am gonna make it for sure with many others variations ^^
thanks thanks thanks

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Heather @girlichef August 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Sheer Brilliance! I lurve Monte Cristo’s more than you know…and I need this in my life. Preferably today.

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Kate August 25, 2013 at 8:24 am

Thanks so much Heather! I’m so happy to hear you like this recipe.

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Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

This is crazy insane, genius yum.

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Kate August 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Love! Thank you Cathy! I’m so happy you think it’s insane, genius yum 🙂

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Shelly (Cookies and Cups) August 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

So easy! this is an awesome appetizer!!

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Kate August 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Thanks Shelly! I agree, appetizer… guess it’s not really supposed to be someone’s (ahem) lunch.

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Meg @ Sweet Twist August 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm

You are a genius, what a fantastic bread!!

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Kate August 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Wow! I don’t know about genius 😉 but thanks so much!

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Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life August 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Oh my gawd! I remember the first time I had one of these sandwiches. I was in high school and had gone to lunch with my mom, probably after an orthodontist appointment or school shopping, anyway, I saw it on the menu and had to try it. It.was.fabulous. Making this bread as soon as I can!

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Kate August 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

It really is a fabulous sandwich, isn’t it?? I love them! And I’m so happy you like this bread.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips August 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

OMG, Monte Cristos are my fave!! This is amazing Kate! It’ll be making an appearance in my Friday Fun post.

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Kate August 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks so much Brianne!! I’m so happy you like this and thanks for including it in your post.

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Max June 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

Awesome sandwich. Don’t need the powdered sugar or the jam for dipping though. No wonder we are the worlds fattest country LOL

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Kate June 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Ha! You’re so right Max! Gotta just have everything in moderation 😉

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Bernard Ber March 27, 2018 at 5:45 pm

It’s a very interesting idea to insert cold cuts like ham/turkey into a freshly baked bread (along with all that gooey cheese). Thanks.

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Kate April 9, 2018 at 9:13 pm

If you like monte cristo sandwiches, you’ll enjoy this pull apart bread for sure!

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