Monte Cristo Sandwich With Thanksgiving Leftovers

Here it is November again. I’m in the midst of trying to plan my Thanksgiving dinner as many people are. We usually have a fair amount of people over for Thanksgiving. They usually come in waves. For that reason, I set my Thanksgiving dinner up buffet style and people can just eat where they land, so to speak. Some guests have already been somewhere else earlier in the day so they may only have dessert or an appetizer. While for others, this is the main stop in my family.

Thanksgiving dinner

I’m someone who would rather have too much than not enough when it comes to holiday meals. Plus if there’s leftovers that can be a night off of cooking, or some delicious Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

Are you looking for inspiration for a new Thanksgiving leftover recipe? About 10 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Scott Schmucker at a social media event at Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He shared a Thanksgiving leftover recipe with us that I still use to this day. It’s one of my family’s favorites.

Monte Cristo Sandwich

by Chef Schmucker

6 slices of bread

3 oz turkey sliced (can use sandwich turkey if you prefer)

3 oz ham sliced

6 oz swiss cheese sliced

4 eggs

8 oz milk

1/4 tsp salt

2 oz vegetable oil

1/4 c powdered sugar

6 oz cranberry sauce

3 leaves of lettuce

Maple syrup

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place 1 slice of turkey, 1 slice of ham, and 1 slice of swiss cheese on a piece of bread. Then top with a 2nd slice of bread
  3. In a bowl, thoroughly mix eggs, milk, and salt
  4. In a saute pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat, add half the vegetable oil. While holding sandwich together, dip entire sandwich into egg batter making sure to soak both slice of bread. Place dipped sandwich into heated pan/skillet.
  5. Cook until golden brown as you would french toast. Turn sandwich and repeat on other side
  6. Place sandwich on a parchment lined sheet pan/baking sheet and place into preheated oven. Bake 8-10 minutes or until heated to 165 degrees throughout
  7. Once removed from oven, place cooked sandwich onto cutting board and cut into 4 triangles corner to corner.
  8. Lightly dust sandwich with powdered sugar and shingle on a large plate. Garnish with lettuce and cranberry sauce.
  9. You can top sandwich with maple syrup or place in a dipping cup to dip sandwich triangles while eating.

Recipe makes 3 sandwiches

What do you think, would you try it? What is your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe?

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Virtual Vegetarian Cooking Class Through Penn State Extension

Looking into eating vegetarian? Maybe you already started but needs some tips and ideas? Penn State Extension is offering a virtual vegetarian cooking event called: Let’s Cook At Home: Vegetarian.

Vegetarian meals provide an opportunity to explore new flavors and recipes that highlight plant-based foods. Join “Let’s Cook at Home: Vegetarian” and learn how to eat a balanced, plant-based diet with tips to make traditional entrées the vegetarian way. This event is for anyone who wants to improve their diet and health and explore the health benefits of plant-based eating. Participants will learn how to prepare a healthy, vegetarian meal, plan a balanced plant-based diet, and simple cooking techniques and recipe modifications for vegetarian recipes.

Register

This live webinar will take place September 27 from 12:00 pm – 1 pm EST. Registration is $10. You must register in order to receive a link to the webinar. You can register for the Let’s Cook At Home: Vegetarian cooking event here: https://extension.psu.edu/lets-cook-at-home-vegetarian

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August Preview of Gramma in a Box

I’ve looked at Gramma in a Box before. I loved the idea, especially for a rainy day activity for the kids. When I saw the August preview, that was the seller for me.

Gramma in a Box has a super cute sea life and beach theme. How cute are these cookies?

So what’s the deal with Gramma in a Box? Well it was created by a grandmother that would make up similar boxes to ship to her grandkids so they can do the activity together when they skyped.

Each box contain almost everything you need to create up to 20 treats in each box. Boxes contain cookie or candy treats that are easy to do. “Gramma does all the work so you can have all the fun”

I ordered the August box to try it. It looks fun, easy, and tasty. There are also subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months if you like.

Gramma in a Box Subscribe Page

I can’t wait to see what the holiday boxes look like. I plan on doing an unboxing video and a review post after I receive the August box. I’m trying to become active on Tiktok so I might do a video there too.

Cute clams to make and eat!

Have you tried Gramma in a Box yet? What did you think?

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Fall Recipe Round Up: Desserts

As I visit Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest I’m bombarded by fall desserts that make me want to increase my workouts and adjust my macros so I can have a little taste of each.

In my opinion, fall has some of the best dessert recipes: pumpkin, caramel apple, pecan, spice, cinnamon, oh man so many combinations. Then there’s the warm desserts that just taste so good on a crisp fall afternoon like apple pies, pumpkin muffins, or a delicious dip. So here’s a list of the fall dessert recipes I will be trying

Recipes on my “To Make” list:

This is no lack of inspiration for fall desserts. I even have a fall themed Pinterest board that has recipes ideas, decor ideas, and costume ideas.

If that’s still not enough even Amazon is getting into the action with idea boards:

Fall Baking

Do you have your favorite fall dessert recipes? What are they?

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I Accidentally Made Keto Vietnamese Egg Coffee and I Don’t Hate It

As a coffee love I’m almost always up for trying new coffee in new ways. Admittedly, I sometimes just want my regular coffee just to get me going in the morning. But, I saw this video on facebook and it made my mouth water

https://www.facebook.com/thisisinsidertravel/videos/658571971281626/

The one that really stood out to me was the Vietnamese egg coffee. Given the wonders of the internet I knew there had to be some recipes out there. I found one. The recipe is pretty simple and straight forward.

I would have swore I had sweetened condensed milk in my house. I searched and searched. All I found was 4 cans of evaporated milk. I had already cracked the egg and separated the yolk so I decided I was going to make this coffee one way or another. (Just not leaving my house, I was still in my pajamas and let’s face it, I need my coffee to leave my house) So I decided to mix the egg yolk with heavy whipping cream and liquid stevia. The result is my new favorite hot coffee treat.

Keto Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Keto Vietnamese Egg Coffee Recipe

4 oz brewed espresso

1 egg yolk

4 Tblsp heavy whipping cream

10 drop liquid stevia

Beat egg yolk with heavy whipping cream. Slowly add in drop of liquid stevia while beating mixture. Pour whipped mixture into coffee cup and add hot brewed espresso. Enjoy!

**note** I would wait to brew the espresso until your egg yolk mixture is just about done. I brewed my espresso first not realizing how long it would take to get the mixture to a good consistency and it was a little too cold for me by the time I was ready for the espresso.

This recipe has an indulgent creamy flavor that tastes like it came right from a coffee shop. I will definitely be making this again!

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