This Monte Cristo Roll Ups recipe is perfect for breakfast, lunch and brunch, especially Easter! It's full of flavor and easy to make for the family anytime you want a sweet and savory treat.
This Monte Cristo Roll Ups post was sponsored by King's Hawaiian. All opinions are my own.
Monte Cristo Roll Ups are Great for Brunch
These ham and cheese roll-ups are a fun take on my favorite sweet and savory dish, the Monte Cristo Sandwich. They are the perfect mix of breakfast and lunch in one dish, and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
If I'm at a restaurant and see a Monte Cristo on the menu, I always order it. But I decided that rolling them up, made them feel more kid-friendly.
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While a traditional Monte Cristo is pretty much a sandwich made on french toast, I decided that sweetness of the King's Hawaiian bread would work perfectly for this recipe.
Is there anything better than Easter brunch?? Easter is all about ham, and since everything is better with cheese, this is a perfect addition to your Easter menu.
If your kids are a fan of the grilled cheese sandwich, they're going to love this!
I would guess that a serving size would be 1-2 roll-ups per person. So you'll use as much of each ingredient as you would need to make the total number of roll ups you need to serve your family. I'll show you how to make 1 roll up and you can work up from there.
- King's Hawaiian Bread
- Seedless raspberry jam
- Black Forest ham, cut into thin, sandwich slices
- Gruyere cheese, shredded
- Powdered sugar
I get the black forest ham from the deli of my grocery store but if you can find it pre-packaged that would work too. You could also use honey hame, but I would stay away from smoked ham.
The key to making this recipe as good as possible is SEEDLESS raspberry jam. Ain't nobody got time for all those seeds getting stuck in their teeth.
And you need a good gruyere - one that is salty and smells a little bit like feet. Trust me, it makes this taste the best.
Hawaiian Bread is a great choice because it's sweet and the pieces are a nice thickness. They are hearty enough to stay together when you roll them out. If you had to, you could use regular white bread.
How to Make Monte Cristo Roll Ups
Roll out each piece of Hawaiian bread.
There really isn't a specific thickness you're trying to get to. The roll-up works better when you make the bread flat (less tearing).
But you could totally skip this step if you want to just make these as normal sandwiches. But then I might think you are lazy...no judgement.
Spread on a layer on raspberry jam. You can add as much or as little as you want.
Sprinkle on some of the shredded cheese gruyere cheese.
Add a slice or two of black forest ham.
Start at one side and roll the bread towards the other side making sure to tuck the ingredients in as you go.
Place the roll-ups seam-side down on a baking sheet.
NOTE: It is ok if there are a few small tears. The ham sort of acts like a barrier to keep the cheese from oozing out all over the place although it will melt out the ends.
Bake them in a 350-degree oven until they are melty and golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Dust them with a little powdered sugar, which any self-respecting Monte Cristo has for a final sweet touch.
These Monte Cristo roll-ups would make a great appetizer if cut up into bite-sized pieces.
This recipe is perfect for kids since once these are cooked and cooled, can be eaten with their fingers.
Make them ahead! You can prepare these roll-ups ahead of time and kept in the fridge until ready to heat through before serving.
Give this easy Monte Cristo Roll Ups recipe a try for your next brunch at home!
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- This Donut Hole Tower will wow your family.
- Champagne Punch makes any brunch feel extra celebratory.
- Coffee fans will love this homemade creamer recipe.
- Kickstart the day with a Coffee White Russian.
Easy Monte Cristo Roll Ups
- 12 slices Original King's Hawaiian Sweet Sliced Bread
- ½ cup seedless raspberry jam
- ½ pound black forest ham sliced from the deli
- 8 oz. gruyere cheese shredded
- powdered sugar optional (for dusting once out of the oven)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out 12 slices of King's Hawaiian bread (to about ¼" thick).
- Spread seedless raspberry jam on each slice.
- Top with 2-3 tablespoon of shredded gruyere cheese.
- Add a piece of ham that is slightly smaller than the slice of bread.
- Starting at the bottom, begin rolling up the sandwich away from you.
- Place seam side down on a baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the tops are golden brown.
- Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
this is my first time hearing about Monte Cristo - what a cool recipe!!! And I LOVE Kings Hawaiian bread. Thanks so much for the recipe!
Sharon Garofalow says
Monte Cristos are delicious Pattie! You have to try one!
these came out great! yum yum