Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich

I know it has been a few weeks since Thanksgiving, but I didn't get to actually cook my own turkey until this past weekend.  So of course, I now have my own leftovers to get creative with.  For lunch the next day, I had a real craving for a sandwich.  What is great about making a sandwich out of leftovers is you can really get creative!

Leftover Turkey Sandwich
Leftover turkey
Bread - I used a think cut, whole grain bread
Lettuce - whatever you have available to you, I used arugula (since I grow it in my kitchen)
Cranberry sauce
Onion - I used the French fried onions I had leftover from green bean casserole
Cheese - again, whatever kind you have or like: brie, white cheddar, swiss...

Mix 1 tbsp of mayo with 2 tbsp of cranberry sauce (I used whole berry sauce).  Set aside.
Form your stuffing into a small patty (almost like a hamburger patty).  In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp of butter (med heat).  "Cook" your patty over med. heat like you would cook a hamburger.  You want just a nice crust on both sides of the patty.  Set aside.
*If you don't use the French fried onions, you can slice any type of onion you like (I prefer red).  You can saute it or keep it raw.*
To build your sandwich, butter one side of each slice of bread (these will be the outside of the sandwich).  Then spread your mayo mixture onto the inside of the bread.  Add your lettuce, onions, stuffing patty, turkey, and then cheese.  Top sandwich with other slice of bread.  Now place into your panani press, or into a skillet (cook as you would grilled cheese).  You want a nice crust and to get the cheese nice and melted.  *Tip: make sure the cheese has sat out at room temperature for at least 10 minutes so it melts easier.*


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