What to Do with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Why? The food, of course! I like to go for a nice long run and go to the gym on Thanksgiving morning so I don't feel quite as guilty for making a complete pig of myself later in the day.

After the meal is over, the plates are cleared, and everyone is half asleep in their chairs, I'm already thinking about the leftovers. Sad, I know. Now, to some, leftover Thanksgiving dinner is just dragging all the containers out of the fridge, nuking them, and recreating the meal. That's OK, but sort of boring, and not nearly as satisfying.

Here's a sandwich I love to make with the Thanksgiving leftovers. It's a lot tastier than rubbery microwaved turkey and dried out mashed potatoes.

Turkey Cranberry & Cheddar Sandwich

  • Ingredients
  • Leftover turkey
  • Cheddar cheese (slices or shredded, it doesn't really matter, whichever you prefer)
  • Cranberry Relish (or sauce, but I think cranberry relish is better--I found a great recipe here: Link)
  • Sourdough bread
  • Butter (for grilling)

There's not really much to making it. Simply assemble the ingredients into sandwiches (I like the cheese to be on the outside so it melts), and spread some butter on the outside, and toast like a grilled cheese, until it's all melted and warm in the middle! The quickest, easiest way to do this is with a panini grill, but a good fry pan or cast iron skillet will do the trick too! I've seen similar sandwiches at a few restaurants I've been too (even the one I used to work at, which was my inspiration for this sandwich), and on TV too. Some even add some grilled stuffing--I think I'll try that this year...

Think this sounds gross? I don't care! Don't knock it until you try it! Do you have a favorite recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers? Share it with us!

Posted in: Smallwares | By Brian Montgomery
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