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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sunny Saturday ~ Yayyyy~



One of my favorite sandwiches in the whole world is the Monte Cristo from Bennigan's. It is a heavily battered version of the classic. I don't even want to guess at the calories it contains but I do know it's a massive amount. It's difficult to eat half the sandwich in one sitting but I suffer through it!!! The combination of the cheese..the meats...the bread and the sweetness from the Raspberry jam is just incredibly heavenly. I probably would never have ordered it had it not been recommended by a friend in college, but 20+ years later I still always order it when I go to Bennigans. For that reason it's probably a good thing there ISN'T a Bennigans near me!!!! I have actually attempted it at home and it really was close to the original but oh my goodness it was a mess to make and you have to DEEP FRY it. Maybe I'll do another post about the clone I made at home one Flashback Friday. But for now I've made a lighter version which actually fools the tastebuds enough to give you the notion that you really are eating the higher fat version. This recipe makes enough for 1 light meal and contains 6 points for those of you that care!



Monte Cristo Quesadilla

Ingredients


1 item(s) LaTortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Tomato basil wraps

2 oz cooked chicken fillet

1 oz deli ham

1 slice(s) Finlandia Heavenly Light Imported Swiss Cheese (or your fav light)

1 tbsp Smucker's Seedless Red Raspberry Jam

Instructions

Lay wrap flat and spread a small amount of jam on half. On the same half arrange chicken, ham and cheese. Fold over and place in a non-stick skillet sprayed with Butter Flavored Pam or your favorite spray. If you want to add a few more calories just melt a half tablespoon of butter/margarine in pan before placing wrap in. Cook on medium high and allow bottom of tortilla to get a little brown. Cheese will have begun to melt. Carefully flip the tortilla to brown the other side. Press down gently with your flipper to help the Quesadilla stay together. Serve with remainder of the jam as a dip. Optional: Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


I'm headed outdoors right now. The sun is shining!!!!! Yayyyy!! It's supposed to be sunny all weekend and I plan on taking advantage of it. I've snapped a few pics to show you what's going on!

Pretty pink hellebore that's blooming for the first time for me this year


My first big daffodil to open.


These little minis have been blooming for a while. They are called Tete a Tete and I whole heartedly recommend them for early spring color. They make a really bright little clump covered in blooms. For the past couple of years I have bought them already blooming for the pots on my front driveway. Then after they are done and I want to put more plants in the pots I take them out and plant them. Then the next spring you get this.


And finally a beautiful little iris I have been lusting after for a few years. I finally found them locally at Peninsula Nursery when I was there with my parents a couple of weeks ago. They are similar to the iris reticulata but bloom later I think. This one is iris histroides 'Katherine Hodgkin'. It is such a unique shade of blue with yellow mixed in.

17 comments:

Dishesdone said...

Your quesadilla looks great, Suzy, delicious combo of flavors! Glad you have sun! We have gray and windy! but your pretty flowers make me happy that spring is right around the corner! The iris is beautiful.

Sara said...

Gorgeous flowers! I love monte cristos too, but don't like that they're so bad for you - this looks delicious and much easier to make!

Martha said...

Never thought of doing quesidillas monte cristo style! Sounds yummy! Love the flowers -- such pretty pictures.

Kathleen said...

I would definitely like that sandwich..and the point value isn't bad!
Your flowers are so pretty..glad you had sun!

Cynthia said...

Suzy, I can definitely understand why you have been lusting the iris histroides 'Katherine Hodgkin'. She is a beauty, very unique.

Glad you had a sunny day ... I know we all need rain from time to time, but I love sunny days. Even the intolerable cold is more intolerable to me if it's sunny.

Your Monte Cristo quesadilla looks very tasty. The Bennigans around us have all been closed for some time. I also enjoyed going there.

Nancy Jane said...

The Monte Cristo quesadilla looks wonderful, but the flowers, oh the flowers! You have some flowers blooming! You are so very lucky! Planted a handful of daffodils last fall, and they're starting to poke through, but no buds yet and we have snow flurries in tonight's forecast and high wind warnings. Wish I could come stroll your yard!
Nancy

Foley said...

I remember having a monte cristo once and loving it but haven't had one since! The quesadilla looks like a good replacemnet..

That iris is so pretty, don't believe I have ever seen one like that!

SusanQ said...

Your 'light' Monte Cristo sounds wonderful! Of course my eyes go straight down to the flowers :) My KH hasn't begun to bloom yet and after we get the snow they're predicting I may not see it for a few more days either :(

I'm so envious of your weather, Suzy! Lucky gal~

Bo said...

Hi Suzy...thanks so much for your visit & kind comments. Boo-hoo, our Bennigans has bit the dust...
went bankrupt here in our area. I love the photos of your flowers...
so very pretty! Your blog "dress" is so lovely... ;-) Bo

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, I've never had a Monte Cristo but I will now that you have recommended it. Your light version sounds wonderful! I will keep my eyes open for the KH..what a little beauty.

Jayne said...

Suzy, the light versin Monte Cristo sounds delicious. Always such pretty flowers! I bought some blooming bulbs last year and did the same thing, but I'm not getting so many blooms. A few.

alice said...

I've never had a Monte Cristo.. just heard so much about them. But yours looks so delicious.. I'm going to put this on my "things to make soon" list.

Kevin said...

Monte cristo are so good and a quesadilla version sounds great as well!

Robin Sue said...

Ooh these sound so good and I would have never thought to put it with the raspberry jam- great combination! The flowers are lovely and I am jealous, it is so cold here!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh my,
I just happened upon your blog and looking around and I see a Monte Cristo quesadilla. How fabulous! I used to have Monte Cristo sandwiches many years ago with family. I love your lower cal quesadilla idea and will definitely try it. Thank you for sharing and bringing back some happy memories! Happy night. ~Tracie

disa said...
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disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

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