My kids wanted to do Monte Cristos or Club Sandwiches for dinner last night. Since it was Taekwondo night, I preferred to have something I could make ahead of time and throw in the oven. I started thinking of my overnight french toast casserole and thought it would be easy to modify for a Savory dish. This turned out to be perfect. I got it all ready to go in the morning, then tossed it in the oven when we were ready.
10 -1 inch slices sturdy Italian Bread (French Bread works too)
8 slices quality white or sour dough bread, cubed
6 oz Sliced Honey Ham, diced
6 oz Sliced Turkey Breast, diced
6 oz bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup shredded cheese(your preference, I used pepper jack)
1 large tomato, sliced
2 cups milk
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped chives
salt and pepper to taste
dash of hot sauce to taste
fresh grated parmesan cheese
Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish and layer in the cubed white or sour dough bread.
On top of that layer the ham, turkey, bacon,
Then add the cheese and the tomato slices.
Press the 10 slices of Italian bread on top.
In a bowl whisk the eggs, milk, mustard, chives, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Mix thoroughly.
Carefully pour over the Italian bread (go slow to allow for absorption, so it doesn't pour over the edges! When each slice is doused well pour the remaining between the slices of bread.
Top with a light dusting of garlic powder and a healthy sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. I also did a few more turns of the pepper mill on top too.
Spray a sheet of foil with cooking spray and cover the pan tightly (spray side down ;) )
Allow to sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours, longer is better.
Preheat oven to 350
Bake covered for 45 minutes, uncover and bake 15 minutes more until golden brown and bubbly!
Allow to sit for a few minutes before slicing.
This photo shows it cold this morning and it was DELICIOUS like this! I think this would make a great brunch sandwich!