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Thanksgiving Leftovers – Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

November 26, 2013

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Well here we are. The week of Thanksgiving. This is what we’ve been preparing for! I’m taking it a little easy this week, and getting stuff ready to celebrate my wonderful wife’s birthday tomorrow, but I wanted to leave y’all with this quick little gem.

Last month, one of our readers asked me for a recipe for a cranberry turkey sandwich. In my family, we eat Thanksgiving dinner at about 1:00 in the afternoon, and we’re heavy into the leftovers by 6:00. This sandwich uses a couple leftover ingredients, but also has some fresh stuff in it so it’s not like eating Thanksgiving dinner a second time (though there ain’t no shame in that). Check it.
Here’s what you need:
Leftovers:
   • Turkey
   • Cranberry sauce
Other Stuff:
   • Good sandwich bread (or leftover rolls would work, too)
   • Cream cheese
   • Dijon mustard (optional but encouraged)
   • Sour cream
   • Fresh arugula
   • Slicing tomatoes
Soften the cream cheese, and mix equal parts cream cheese and cranberry sauce together until it’s a uniform spread. Next, chop your turkey into pretty small pieces. Mix 1 part dijon mustard with 2 parts sour cream, add to the turkey and toss around (if not using dijon, just do the sour cream). You don’t want the turkey swimming in this stuff – just enough to coat it evenly.
Slather some of the spread onto each piece of bread. Add a bit of the turkey mix, then sliced tomatoes and arugula. Boom, done.
So there you have it. What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving leftovers? Do you have something you look forward to each year? I’d love to hear about it, and maybe even give it a try. Happy Thanksgiving, all! We’ll be back tomorrow to share an update on the reading room progress.

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  1. I actually tried this recipe on Friday after Thanksgiving and it was amazing. Even my super critical mother-in-law who saw the recipe hanging on my refrigerator and said it “looked lousy” was converted. (She’s “HILARIOUS”). It was delicious. I used up all my leftovers in such a creative and tasty way and I hate leftovers. Thank you so much! Jennifer P.S. Congratulations on daughter #2!

  2. Thanks! Can’t wait to try this!

  3. That sounds so good! I’m a huge fan of leftover turkey for sandwiches!

  4. Erin says:

    My favorite is turkey, cranberry, brie, and bacon on a sandwich and then cooked like a grilled cheese. Heaven!

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