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Monte Cristo Turkey Croissanburgers with Spicy Raspberry Spread

A Monte Cristo Sandwich turned into a Burger! A brilliant combination of turkey, smoked ham and creamy swiss cheese, all on a buttery, flaky croissant. With classic Dijon mustard and a spicy raspberry spread, this is a rich, elegant, alternative to a beef burger.


1/2 cup seedless red raspberry jam or preserves
1 tsp. sambal
6 oz. shaved smoked ham, coarsely chopped
8 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
2 lbs. ground turkey, 80-85 % lean
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallion
1/3 cup Colavita light olive oil for grill and to coat patties
1/3 cup Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
6 5-6 inch bakery croissants, split
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce


Heat Grill to medium-high heat. Make Spicy Raspberry Spread: Combine jam/preserves with sambal; reserve. Make ham and Swiss topping: Combine ham and swiss togther, mixing well; reserve. Make Patties: Combine turkey, salt, poultry seasoning, and scallions. Form into 6 patties similar in shape and size to croissants. Coat grill rack heavily with oil, then brush patties with oil. Place patties on grill; cook 5 minutes. Turn and immediately divide the ham and Swiss topping among the six patties, mounding slightly in the middle (mixture will flatten and spread slightly as the cheese melts). Place croissants, cut-side down on outer edges of grill. Close grill lid and cook patties and croissants approximately 4-5 minutes. Patties should be done 165 degrees internal temp; topping melted, and croissants should be crusty on cut surface. Assemble burgers: Spread bottom portion of croissants generously with mustard. Add shredded lettuce and top with a patty. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the raspberry spread on the top portion of the croissant and close. Serve immediately. Makes 6


I first tried this burger with my favorite wine, Sutter Home Gewurtztraminer and it was delicious. But then I decided to expand my horizons. After all, this was nothing close to an ordinary burger, why drink my ordinary choice of wine? So, I paired it with a nice, chilled Sutter Home Pinot Grigio. Wow, I need to try my alternatives more often.