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Brunch Recipe Contest Winner – Monte Cristo Rolls

11 Comments | Written on December 22, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

The winning recipe from our “Brunch” contest is absolutely perfect for entertaining holiday guests this weekend!  If you have family coming in from out of town, this simple yet elegant take on a classic recipe is a wonderful addition to your brunch menu.

Huge congratulations to our latest winner, Edwina Gadsby, for her “Monte Cristo Rolls.”  The classic sandwich takes on a new twist by using frozen puff pastry sheets.  This is also a great way to use leftover holiday ham and turkey from your family meals!

Monte Cristo Rolls (click here to view and print recipe)


1 cup  Shredded Swiss Cheese

1/2 cup  Chopped Cooked Smoked Ham

1/2 cup  Chopped Cooked Roast Turkey

1/2  a 17.3 Oz. Pkg. Frozen Puff Pastry, 1 sheet, thawed

1 1/2 Tbsp  Honey Mustard

1 Egg, beaten

Powdered Sugar, for dusting, optional

Preserves or Jam, of your choice


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

Toss together Swiss cheese, ham and turkey; set aside.

Unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured surface; roll into a 15-by-10-inch rectangle. Spread evenly with honey mustard, leaving a 1/4-inch border; sprinkle with the cheese mixture. Brush edges of puff pastry with some of the beaten egg. Starting at a short side, roll up like a jelly roll. Cut into 8 equal slices and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with remaining beaten egg.

Bake until golden brown and cheese is melted, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool briefly on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; if desired.

Serve warm with preserves (or jam).

Make 4 to 8 servings


How did you come up with your winning recipe?

Monte Cristo sandwiches are popular in our house, but I have always found them somewhat labor intensive to prepare. I set out to streamline the recipe without sacrificing any of the flavor. Puff pastry turned out to be a simple and delicious alternative.

What inspired you to enter the Better Recipes weekly contest?

Peer pressure! So many of the talented cooks who have been past winners I have the good fortune to know. Also, brunch is one of my favorite ways to entertain and I am always experimenting to come up with something a little different to serve.

Why do you think your recipe stood out to the judges?

The familiar and much-loved flavors of a Monte Cristo transformed into a roll instead of the traditional sandwich is probably what made my recipe stand out. In addition, my recipe is very user friendly; the steps are simple enough that even the kids can help in the preparation.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering our recipe contests?

Just do it! I think many people spend a lot of time thinking about entering and never actually get around to doing it. This contest is so unique in that it has such diverse weekly themes. If you have a special recipe that fits the criteria. . . enter it!

Do you have any plans for the prize money?

The prize money is going to come in very handy when those after the holiday credit card bills start arriving.

Any plans if you should win the grand prize?

Building a new deck for outdoor entertaining would be at the top of list.

Do you have any other kitchen tips, recipe advice or culinary wisdom to share with the Better Recipes readers?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Don’t get discouraged if you have a few failures in the kitchen or a dish doesn’t come out exactly as you planned. Think of it as a learning experience and try to have fun. A lot of wonderful recipes started out as accidents.

11 Responses to “Brunch Recipe Contest Winner – Monte Cristo Rolls”

  • 1
    Karen Harris says:

    Shut. Up. These look so good. I only wish I would have run upon these before Christmas so I could have shared them with my guests. Well, I guess now I have a reason to have friends around for brunch. Congrats Edwina and thanks Kristina for giving us this recipe.

  • 2
    Jane says:

    I love this recipe. I could not figure out
    how to add this to my recipe box. Help!!!

  • 3
    Vina Jane says:

    I love this recipe but I could not figure out how to add this to my recipe box. Help!!

  • 4
    Gigi says:

    The Monte Chisto is my favorite sandwich and is available at very few restaurants. I can’t wait to try this at home. PS this is the first time I’ve been motivated to comment on a recipe.

  • 5
    Stone Creek says:

    To print the recipe, hit the print section on top of the recipe page, it offers 1 of 3 pages, or your computer should offer, to click for other, click on that, and hit 2, for the 2nd page, and it may show it to you, then hit print, and it will only print that section with a picture. Hope everyone could understand this. Recipe looks great,if it says its a winner, those are the ones I go for.

  • 6
    Diane says:

    Can’t wait to get the ingredients needed to try these. Thanks for the easy to follow recipe. Can anybody shed some light on the calorie count?

  • 7
    Ada Roberts says:

    We are a 4 generation family living together.
    I’m sure this recipe will delight all 4 generations. We all like all the ingredients and I plan to serve them with Raspberry preserves. YUM, YUM

  • 8

    I am going to try these rolls, but I am interested in your last name. I was raised by my grandparents—my grandfather was John Ossian Gadsby. You don’t hear the name Gadsby very often.

  • 9
    Barbara Pierce says:

    I am going to try these rolls, however, I am interested in your last name. I was raised by my grandparents and my grandfathers name was John Ossian Gadsby. You don’t hear the name Gadsby very often. My grandfather was originally from North Carolina.

  • 10
    Jolene Smith says:

    My family & frends all loved them, you left out the part where you add the meat, so I just sprinkled it thinly over the cheese, I served them with cranberry orange relish.

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