Try these quick and easy Monte Cristo Sliders – an appetizer-friendly take on the battered and fried turkey, ham, and cheese sandwich.
Back in the early 2000s, when I was newly married, my husband and I made friends with a large group of young marrieds at our church. Our friendships quickly grew into deep and lasting relationships, we became a family.
This was a season of life where we all had careers and no kids, which made it easy to hang out together and not worry about time or coordinate anything but ourselves.
COOKING CLASS AND SHARING RECIPES
Many of my girlfriends were teachers, so in the summers I held a mini cooking class where we would come together in my home and prepare an intricate meal, usually an appetizer, main course that included sides, and a dessert.
We would start at 9 am and have the meal we prepared together for lunch – sometimes the husbands that were nearby would drop in and have lunch with us as well.
Even though our time together officially ended at noon, most days we lounged around in my living room until 4:00, just talking the day away! It was so much fun and we all learned so much from each other.
It was a great time in my life that I look back on with such happy memories.
MONTE CRISTO SLIDERS
As a result, one of the recipes that I learned about was the Dinner Roll Sandwich or sliders, which consisted of sweet Hawaiian rolls, ham, swiss cheese, and a marinade made out of a lot of butter and other savory ingredients. I have held on to that sacred recipe and make it often and in different variations.
Monte Cristo Sliders are a simple variation of the Dinner Roll Sandwiches that I blogged about years ago.
This time, it’s a take on the battered and fried turkey, ham, and cheese Monte Cristo sandwich. It’s much simpler though, no batter and no frying.
These Monte Cristo Sliders are perfect for parties and get-togethers. They can be served fresh from the oven or at room temperature. I love to serve them with good raspberry preserves. I hope you enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE MONTE CRISTO SLIDERS
- To make the Monte Cristo Sandwich sliders, the bread is important. I like to use King’s Hawaiian Rolls because they’re slightly sweet and they go so well with all of the flavors of this sandwich.
- Start by slicing the entire loaf of rolls in half across the middle to form two separate halves.
Put the bottoms into the baking dish.
Lay meat on top, and then cover with the cheese.
In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients.
Pour 1/2 of the sauce on top of the cheese.
Place tops of rolls on top, pressing down lightly.
Pour remaining mixture over tops of rolls and spread evenly.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Watch closely – if the tops begin to brown too much, place a sheet of foil over the top.
Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
Using the foil “handles” lift the sandwiches out onto a cutting board.
With a large butcher knife, cut the sandwiches into their individual slider rolls.
Finally, dust the tops generously with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry preserves on the side.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS FOR MONTE CRISTO SLIDERS
Because Classic Monte Cristo Sandwiches are served with preserves on the side for dipping and spreading, these little sliders are worthy of the same delicious treatment! My favorite is Raspberry Jam or Orange Marmalade!
Serve with fries, chips, and or a To make these sliders a meal, try serving them with a simple Green Salad for a nice meal!
Monte Cristo Sliders can be served just about anytime for any occasion. They’re perfect for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, and appetizers! They’re a great way to use up leftover sandwich meat or holiday turkey and ham.
Make Monte Cristo Sliders at your next party or tailgating event!
Monte Cristo Sliders
- 1 pkg 12-count each Sweet Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
- 1/2 pound deli sliced smoked or honey ham
- 1/2 pound deli sliced smoked roasted turkey
- 1/2 pound Gruyère cheese or other quality Swiss cheese grated
- 1 stick butter melted
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- Powdered sugar
- Raspberry Preserves
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil (enough that it overlaps the sides - to use as handles)
- Spray foil-lined baking dish with cooking spray.
- Slice rolls horizontally as a unit – don’t break apart into individual rolls.
- Put the bottoms into the baking dish.
- Lay meat on top, then cover with cheese.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients.
- Pour 1/2 of the sauce on top of cheese.
- Place tops of rolls on top, pressing down lightly.
- Pour remaining mixture over tops of rolls and spread evenly.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Watch closely – if the tops begin to brown too much, place a sheet of foil over the top.
- Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
- Using the foil "handles" lift the sandwiches out onto a cutting board.
- With a large butcher knife, cut the sandwiches into their individual slider rolls.
- Dust generously with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry preserves on the side.