Monte Cristo English Muffin Brunch Casserole

  • SERVES: 10–12
  • PREP: 20 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 35 minutes

An easy, savory-sweet brunch you’ll make on repeat.

What happens when you transform a deep-fried French toast sandwich into a casserole? You’re about to find out. A Monte Cristo is traditionally made with ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese sandwiched in between two slices of French toast that’s either deep-fried or pan-fried and topped with powdered sugar and jam or maple syrup. It’s delightfully decadent…and will put you in a food coma. We kinda lightened it up by not deep-frying it, but still kept all the eggy, carby, cheesy goodness in casserole form, using toasted English muffin pieces as the bread. Make it for your next brunch, breakfast-for-dinner, or just-because meal.

  • 8

    plain English muffins

  • ¼

    cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted

  • 8

    large eggs

  • 2

    cups whole milk

  • 1

    tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 ¼

    teaspoons kosher salt

  • ½

    teaspoon black pepper

  • 2

    cups shredded Swiss cheese

  • 6

    ounces thinly sliced deli oven-roasted turkey, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 6

    ounces thinly sliced deli ham, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2

    tablespoons sliced chives, plus more for garnish

  • 2

    tablespoons powdered sugar

  • ¾

    cup raspberry jam, warmed

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