Twisted Hawaiian Pizza

Pizza time……..let’s take a trip to the islands……… Twisted Hawaiian Pizza.

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As you all know we love pizza, and eat it all the time. One would think we were Italian……maybe by food proxy????

Tim and I had not made a homemade pizza on a loooooong time……….but the time arrived this weekend. We love Hawaiian Pizza……..Canadian bacon, pineapple, and we add onion. Not sure if thats the norm, but it is for us. Continue reading “Twisted Hawaiian Pizza”

Chicken Cordon Bleu Loaf

Chicken Cordon Bleu Loaf

Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatloaf

Nothing says comfort food like meatloaf. We all grew up with it. For some it was a certain night of the week………Monday Night Meatloaf……..for us it was always the same, meatloaf, au gratin potatoes ( Betty Crocker from the box) and corn. My brother and I were not huge veggie eaters as kids. But, give us corn and we would eat every kernel.

I have made different versions of meatloaf my entire adult life. Some super simple, some with waaayyy to many steps and pre cooking. I have tried using ground turkey, of which, if you follow our blog you know I am not a big fan of. On the other hand, I am a fan of ground chicken. My favorite way to make meatloaf is just hamburger, egg, ketchup, onion, and oatmeal……cover it with ketchup and slices of bacon………it reminds me of home. Continue reading “Chicken Cordon Bleu Loaf”

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……..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.

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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!!!

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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 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American



  • 113.2 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

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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