Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

Well, the flu kept it’s hold on me all week…….ugh!

But, on a brighter note, I feel much better! So good, I made a little somethin, somethin for a snack ,which turned out to be even better for a lunch or brunch. Monte Cristo Skillet Bread!
It’s all the best things about a Monte Cristo Sandwich in a cast iron skillet.

Sometimes, in the food blog world, happy mistakes happen. I was trying my hand at making a bubble bread…….. cut up biscuits, sauce, maybe a little meat, and some cheese. These recipes are all over Pinterest.

All I had was a can of pop and fresh Italian bread, some ham, and swiss cheese. But I needed a sauce…….hmmmm. How about the egg dip you dip the sandwich in to fry it…… could work…..maybe……and it would be baked not fried. Well, baked was good, and as my love for the cast iron skillet grows, I decided it would be a good vessel.

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

But, the egg dip for the sandwich would be kinda thin, so I added a bit of flour and some sugar for a touch of sweet. Dijon mustard for flavor……we love mustard at our house <3

I cut up the bread in fairly large chunks, cubed the ham and cheese and threw it into the bowl with the make-shift sauce, mixed it all up…..gently of course, into a cast iron skillet and into the oven. I must admit the baking time I was somewhat amazed by. It required a wayyyyyy longer time than I originally thought, but it was worth the wait!

While it was baking I kept thinking, it should have a dip? Monte Cristo Sandwiches are served many times with raspberry jam and dusted with powered sugar. I still like mustard with ham and swiss……..hey……what if I mixed the two together??? How sweet it was, adding just a bit of fresh rosemary……yum!

After letting the bread cool for just a few minutes, I realized my dream of a Bubble Bread was not going to come together, I cut wedges instead. A smear of the raspberry-dijon on a plate…….a little on the side for dipping. Monte Cristo Skillet Bread. Tim loved the raspberry-dijon dip which we both decided will have a place in another recipe.

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread 2

Now, this had a bonus for us…. I figured you could cut the bread into 8 – 16 pieces, depending on how you were serving it,how many you were serving, and if you had other stuff along side. We just ate it for a snack, so there was quite a bit left over………Grab and Go Breakfast……..yeah, just a quick zap in the wave and out the door you go. Now, I do not recommend the sauce for this……..cause if you are like me a drip will find it’s way to the front of your shirt every time!!!

No matter what you are serving this for ………lunch, brunch, snack or grab and go breakfast…try it ….you’ll like it!!!

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread Collage

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 – 13.2 0z. can Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup ham, cubed
  • 1 cup swiss cheese, cubed


  1. Cut the french bread dough into large cubes, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, dijon mustard, and egg thoroughly.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and combine until there are no lumps. The batter should be slightly thin, but thick enough to stick to the cubed bread dough. If the batter is to thick add a touch more milk.
  5. Add bread dough, cubed, ham and swiss cheese. Place in a cast iron skillet or a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Bake in a 375* oven for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve with Raspberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce.

Keywords: bake, brunch, cast iron skillet, dijon, ham, swiss cheese


Raspberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Marty Boyd


  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan mixing well. Heat over low heat until heated trough.
  2. Serve.

Monte Cristo Skillet Bread Info

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

Ahhh………….the Philly Cheesesteak…….it’s iconic. I know there are many versions out there. I recently saw a picture of a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich and it looked sooooo yummy. But it’s a lot of bread, so why not reduced the amount of bread? Make it flat…….oh yeah…..flatbread…….Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread!

This could not be easier. I used Naan bread on the  Middle Eastern Chicken Couscous Wrap and loved the taste of the Naan. So, why not top it with the Philly Cheesesteak ingredients, pop it in the oven and………..well, all I can say is yum, yum , yum!!!!

I topped the Naan with a pre-packaged ready to go steak ( you can use left over if you like and or have), sprinkled on garlic, and a little oregano, drizzled on steak sauce ( your choice), top with green pepper, onion, and provolone cheese. In the oven for a few  minutes and ta da……….Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread.

Tim and I both loved it. It can be made for a quick lunch or dinner, or for a late night snack………that you can eat on your new TV trays, while watching a movie or your favorite TV show. We got new TV trays after much searching……..thank you to our friend Carol for pointing us in the right direction for our purchase. Apparently TV tray are not so popular anymore…

Whether you have TV trays or not try the Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread….but try the TV trays.

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread Collage

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1- 6 oz. package Grilled and Ready Seasoned Steak Strips or left over steak
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ cup steak sauce
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 2 Naan flatbread


  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. Place Naan flatbread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  3. Place steak on Naan,sprinkle with garlic and oregano. Drizzle with steak sauce. Top with sliced peppers, onions and cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

Keywords: quick, easy, green pepper, steak, stake sauce, provolone cheese, naan bread



Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon-Honey Dressing

Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon-Honey Dressing

Beet Cucumber Onion Salad

When I first started to expand my culinary skills, the internet was not readily available……..truly shows my age…………but, cable TV and the start of the Food Network ,along with food magazines got my creative cook on.

Now, I love magazines and love to cook……match made in heaven. I got subscriptions to Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Cooking Light. Later it was Food and Wine, Fine Cooking, and the list went on. Not to mention all the little cookbooks at the checkout counter. I had stacks and stacks of them. I would pour over them trying to find just the right recipe.

The Beet Cucumber Sweet Onion recipe came from Bon Appétit, the July 2002 edition. Later, I saw it again on one of my favorite recipe search websites, Epicurious, the hours I have spent on this web site……….oh my!!!

Beet Cucumber Onion Salad 1

About the beets…….as a child…….never, never never, would I eat them. As an adult, whole different story. I totally love them. And, because I love them I grow them every year in my garden. They are easy to grow……just be sure to thin them so they have room to spread out. Cooking them is a breeze…….roast them!

All you need to do is wash them, clip off the tops leaving about and inch or so, leave the tap root on , place them on a foil lined cookie sheet ,sprinkle a little water on them, cover with foil and bake in a 400* oven until tender. Let them cool slightly, and the skins peel right off. At that point you can use them in the Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon Honey Dressing or your favorite beet recipe. You can also freeze them. They freeze beautifully.

The hardest part of this recipe is roasting the beets, which isn’t hard at all. The rest is easy peasy………just slice and arrange. Whisk together the dressing and you are all set. This can be done in advance and is easy to take with you…….it’s still summer picnic and family reunion time. Who doesn’t want an easy take along……that bonus……. is really pretty………….Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon Honey Dressing!

Beet Cucumber Onion Salad Collage

Beet Cucumber Onion Salad

Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon-Honey Dressing

  • Author: Bon Appetit July 2002
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 6 medium beets, trimmed
  • 1 large cucumber, unpeeled, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/2 sweet onion (such as Maui or Vidalia), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Wrap each beet in foil, enclosing completely. Place on rack in oven and bake until beets are tender when pierced with fork, about 1 hour Cool in foil. Peel beets, then cut each into 6 slices.
  2. Arrange beets, slightly overlapping, on half of large platter. Arrange cucumber slices on other half. Scatter onion in center. (Can be made 4 hours ahead; chill.)
  3. Whisk honey, vinegar, and mustard in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over vegetables.


Pre time does not include roasting the beets.

Keywords: beets, cucumber, sweet onion, salad