This Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich recipe is a great way to remember the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner without a lot of dirty dishes.
Oh man. I don’t know about you guys, but this Grub Geek is still stuffed from Thanksgiving and I still have a refrigerator full of leftovers! I don’t consider that a bad thing, though, as Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals all year and is something I like to savor as long as possible. What I don’t like, though, is having to warm all that food up time and time again. It takes a ton of dishes, silverware, and most importantly, time. So what’s a grub geek to do? Stuff it all into a sandwich, of course.
This Thanksgiving leftovers sandwiches features several layers of Thanksgiving dinner goodness.
Growing up, I didn’t eat a lot of sandwiches. My mom prepared most of my meals and she just wasn’t any where close to a sandwich lover. Yep, my first peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I actually made for myself just to try it. Crazy, I know! 😉 These days I guess I’m making up for lost time because I love sandwiches and am not afraid to try different flavor combos. They’re one of my favorite lunches as well because they’re quick to make, filling, can be hot or cold and best yet, there’s pretty much an infinite number of flavors you can use so it’s really hard for them to get old and boring.
I love using this Good Cook Brownie Pan to bake the bread and sandwich in because it contains any drippage instead of making a mess and the sides also helps everything warm up evenly.
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich Recipe
Since it’s now officially the work week again and this is my busiest time of year, I was back to needing quick lunches. As I mentioned before, our fridge is still full of yummy Thanksgiving leftovers so today it was time to dust off my favorite Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich Recipe. Now, I have to kind of give Mr. Grub Geek credit for this one because I had never even heard of putting Thanksgiving leftovers into a sandwich before him. While I loved eating things like turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes together on the same plate, the idea of eating them all together in the same bite made me cringe just a little bit. But, as I’ll taste almost anything once, I decided to give it a try. And boy, am I glad I did because I look forward to making this Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich every year now.
Using the right kind of bread is one of the most important things in this sandwich.
It’s a very hearty sandwich, so a little really goes a long way as far as servings. I find the most important component to this sandwich to be the bread. You want something soft so you aren’t breaking your jaw, but also sturdy enough to hold up to all the filling. We actually like to get some leftover sandwich rolls from the restaurant Jimmy John’s. At the end of the day, most stores will sell the leftover rolls for about 25 cents each and each roll can easily make 2+ sandwiches. Then I just wrap them in the paper they’re in, then a layer of plastic wrap and then foil and they keep at least a few days that way. You can also make sliders with leftover yeast rolls which are just as yummy in a smaller bite.
You can also make fantastic sliders with leftover yeast rolls. These are also great for game day.
The other trick is in making sure all the ingredients are warm, without anything being dried out. That’s why I like to warm up everything quickly in the microwave and then, if you like toasty sandwiches, you can put the sandwich together, wrap in foil and bake for a few minutes so everything has a chance to meld together while getting toasty and warm. I’m totally drooling just thinking about making this sandwich again! As with any recipe here on Grub Geek, I always encourage you to make this one your own. Leave off the cranberry sauce if you don’t like it or be daring and add some corn casserole; be creative!
- Sturdy, yet soft bread to hold all the filling
- Sliced turkey (I like a mix of white and dark meat)
- Dressing or stuffing
- Mashed potatoes
- Any other leftovers you may want to include
- Cranberry sauce
- Mayo (optional, but I like the additional creaminess it adds)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
- Wrap bread in foil and then place into oven (middle rack) to start heating while heating up the other items. You can put it together cold and then bake, but I think it turns out better when everything is slightly preheated.
- Here's how I preheat the leftovers. I use a mircowave-safe plate and put a damp paper towel on the bottom. Then I place pretty equal parts of turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes on the plate. Cover with another damp paper towel to keep things from drying out. Then I microwave for about 2 minutes to get everything warm.
- In the mean time, pull out the cranberry sauce, mayo and gravy and place some gravy in a small microwaveable dish.
- When the turkey, etc. is done, pull the bread from the oven. Remove leftovers from the microwave and then microwave the gravy until just warm.
- Cut your bread, if needed, and if using a sub roll, remove some of the interior bread so you can really pack your leftovers in without them oozing everywhere.
- Here's how I stack mine: mayo on one side of the bread, cranberry sauce on the other side. Place turkey on top of mayo, and dressing on top of cranberry sauce.
- Spoon a bit of gravy on top of the dressing and then smear on some mashed potatoes. Top potatoes with a bit more gravy if you like.
- Place both sides of sandwich together and mash down a bit so everything melds together.
- At this point you can eat your sandwich, or wrap in foil and toast in the oven 5 - 10 minutes so everything is truly ooey, gooey warm and toasty delicious. You can also serve with some extra gravy on the side for dipping.
- The sandwich is so big, I usually have to cut in half before eating to be able to handle it. Leftovers should reheat in the oven okay, but I've never had any to try it. :)
This sandwich is sure to fill up even the heartiest of appetites.
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