February 20, 2015

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A fun take on a Monte Cristo sandwich with #HillshireNaturals #sp #recipe

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Hillshire Farms Naturals lunchmeats are crafted to be both 100% natural and 100% delicious.  Yes, you read that correctly 100% natural!  Not only that, they  are naturally smoked with a blend of hardwoods for incredible flavor.   They come in four varieties:  Honey Roasted Ham, Black Forest Ham, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast and Hardwood Smoked Turkey Breast!  Each variety is slow roasted in their own juices.

Hillshire Farms will provide a 100% refund for every package of meat that a customer is not satisfied with. More information on their customer guarantee program can be found here: HillshireFarm.com/guarantee.
If you love it, like I did, then donate a lunch to someone in need!  Hillshire Farm will give a  lunch to Feeding America on your behalf. You must be 18 or over to participate in the Love It or We'll Eat It guarantee.

I was so excited about these new lunchmeats, I had to try one out in a recipe! A great hot sandwich is a Monte Cristo!  A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich, a variation of the French croque-monsieur. Well I am not one to deep fry the sandwich, so instead I opted for a French Toasted Ham/Cheese Sandwich version.   

This recipe makes 2 sandwiches  and is kid approved in my house!

  • 4 slices of  bread (I used wheat)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of butter spread
  • 2 slices of American cheese singles
  • 6 slices of Hillshire Farm Naturals Honey Roasted Ham or Black Forest Ham
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of raspberry preserves
  1. Turn your electric griddle to 350 degrees and allow it to heat up.  Add about 2 tablespoons of butter spread It will dissolve while it is heating up.  This will help the sandwiches from not sticking.
  2. Whisk together 2 eggs in a bowl and deep each side of the bread in the egg.
  3. Place the dipped bread on the electric griddle and brown up both sides. (Just like you are making French toast).
  4. Next add the ham and cheese and flip the sandwich a couple times until the cheese has melted making the sandwich stick together.
The Monte Cristo is sometimes covered in powdered sugar and served with preserves.  Just sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar on each slice and serve!

You can purchase Naturals™ lunchmeat at any Wal-Mart or find a local store using the Hillshire product locator (Naturals™ are found under thin-sliced lunchmeat).

Pick up a package today and see what you can come up with yourself!


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