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Great Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich Ideas

While I like heating up a plate of Thanksgiving leftovers and having a holiday dinner all over again, what I really like to do with leftover turkey is make sandwiches. The breasts are usually so large that you get perfect slices of meat – meaning that they’re quite big – for sandwiches and don’t need to spend too much time piecing together little bits of turkey meat (as sometimes happens with leftovers from a small roast chicken).

You can put anything on a sandwich, but there are a couple of types that I always fall back on with leftovers. The first is a Turkey and Stuffing Sandwich, with a good amount of cranberry sauce spread in between to keep things moist. There is no recipe for this one, just a joining of all the ingredients you have tucked in tupperware in your fridge – with a bit of mayo, salt and pepper. This is a great sandwich to have hot or cold.

The second is a Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Panini (above,before being pressed). Creamy brie is a great match for tangy cranberries, and the brie melts fabulously, bringing all the elements of this sandwich together in slightly gooey harmony. If I have a lot of cranberry sauce, I’ll make some bbq sauce with it and enjoy some Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce. I’ll actually keep the sauce around for a while, too, and use it with other dishes when the leftovers are done.

Finally, my last fall back is for Mini Turkey Sandwiches, made using whatever type of bread or roll you seved with Thanksgiving dinner. I make bite-sized sandwiches on cornbread, dinner rolls and biscuits and much through a few. This is also a great option if you still have family around and want to serve a snack, but no one is up for a full meal.

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9 Comments
  • El
    November 28, 2009

    Great holiday leftover ideas. Where did you get that bread. It looks like it’s straight out of a french boulangerie. Yum!

  • Kate at Serendipity
    November 29, 2009

    Ah, you’ve got my very favorite sandwich of all time on here–turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce. This year I tried to make way, way too much dressing so that there would be plenty left over. No luck–it went like hotcakes. I think I’ll have one or two sandwiches from it…

    Great photos!

  • Lindsay
    November 29, 2009

    The turkey, cranberry and brie panini sounds delish- great idea to make sandwiches from Thanksgiving leftovers!

  • PaiGow
    November 30, 2009

    Thanks for this post. After making me seriously hugry

  • Anna Mazur
    January 25, 2010

    Great idea! I have always wondering why people mix jams and cold meats but I have discovered that it really tastes delicious.

  • Andrew Murray
    March 21, 2010

    I still eat one of these every week without fail, just addicted.

  • anthony morrison
    May 21, 2010

    Wonderful, tasty sandwich! You can change the ingredients, of course, that your family likes. But do not skimp on the cranberry or turkey! I used leftover turkey and cranberry sauce home.

  • darlene
    November 26, 2011

    nothing beats a turkey stuffing cranberry sauce sandwich with baby lettuces or radish sprouts and mayo .

    ….except maybe when i make turkey salad with walnuts and celery and green raisins.. sometimes i use poppy seed dressing as the mayo to hold it together.

    or….except maybe the fried mash potato patties for breakfast or dinner . flatten balls of cold mashed potatoes dredge in flour with cracked pepper and onion and garlic maybe parsley or basil or oregano or all 🙂 – fresh dried or powder added in the flour . Fry over medium heat in a nonstick or oiled pan (turn once to brown both sides). Sometimes i add finely chopped items in the patties.

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