Monte Cristo w/ Zaycon ham

DSC_6000 bWhile making WAY too much french toast for my family this morning, I decided there had to be some way I could use the extra slices. I love a good monte cristo sandwich, and well, this is a quick cheater version. DSC_5941 b With a few ingredients I had in my fridge and cupboard and the leftover french toast, I was able to pull off a sandwich that even my kids loved. With the Zaycon ham deliveries happening right now, this is a great option to change-up just eating ham next to a vegetable and side dish. Since Zaycon ham is boneless, you can slice it thin and its perfect for this recipe. DSC_5912 b I used some ham, swiss cheese, a little mayo, some powdered sugar and/or jam.DSC_5943 bSpread a little mayo on both sides of the french toast, then add your swiss cheese and sliced ham. I heated a skillet just hot enough to melt the cheese and warm up the monte cristo.  DSC_5957 bI didn’t think the sandwich needed the jam since I sprinkled it with powdered sugar, but either way, its so good. Its great for a breakfast, brunch or lunch! DSC_5989 bThere is a little sweet and salty action going on here. The mayo gives it a bit of a creamy and delicious flavor as well. For some other recipes using our ham, check out these blog post here, here and here! You can go here to order any of our great products. What is your favorite ham recipe? If you tag @zayconfresh on any social media, we might just share your photo!

Recipe: lemon strawberry rolls

With Valentines Day just a few days away, I wanted to post something fun and easy that would be perfect for a Saturday morning breakfast with the ones you love….ah, how sweet. Zaycon Foods-lemon strawberry rolls

These rolls can be made with frozen bread dough, which cuts down quite a bit of the time. I use my moms all-use bread recipe, and I’ll be sharing that with you here as well! In fact, you can be a super cheat and use store bought lemon curd too, I won’t tell.Zaycon FoodsMama’s bread recipe:

2 Tablespoons yeast

1 Tablespoon sugar

2 cups hot water

let sit for 5-10 minutes to get the yeast activated

Add 5 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. If super sticky, add up to 1 more cup of flour. knead in mixer for 5 minutes.

Let set for 30 minutes.

Lemon Curd:  (This is a lot easier to do that you think)

3/4 cup lemon juice

1 cup sugar

Zest of 1 lemon, good fun for the kids. My kids love to use fun kitchen tools.

1 cube cold butter, cut it up so it melts faster

3 egg yolks

You are going to need a double boiler, you can make one with a saucepan and a metal mixing bowl if you don’t have one. Bring water to a boil in the saucepan, you don’t want it to touch the bottom of the metal bowl, so be sure not to fill it too high. Once its to a boil, turn down the heat and put the metal bowl on top and add to it:

sugar, lemon juice and zest and egg yolks, mix together. You need to whisk the entire time its on the heat. It will start to thicken and stick to your spoon, take off the heat and add your butter a pad at a time until melted. cover and let cool until you are ready to use it.

Putting it together:

Roll out your dough to fit an 11×17 sheet. I like to bake on parchment or a silicone baking mat. You need to spread your lemon curd out across the dough and sprinkle with diced strawberries. Roll the dough like your making cinnamon rolls. This is going to get really messy, cut 1 1/2 inch sections off your dough log. I use dental floss. Its really easy and cuts fast. This size should cut about 12-15 rolls per log.

Bake 350 degrees for 22 minutes.


I like to make a super simple sugar glaze with powdered sugar, a little milk and melted butter. I eyeball this part. I melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add about a tablespoon of milk to about 1/2-3/4 powdered sugar. If its too thin, I add more sugar, too thick, add milk. I drizzle this on the rolls while they are still hot.

Zaycon FoodsThese are not too sweet or too lemony and a nice change from chocolate, and I am a HUGE fan of chocolate. I think it would be fun to play around with different flavors. Maybe try a peach curd with raspberries or how about orange curd with a honey drizzle.