Shit ton of leftover turkey? Me too.
It happens to the best of us. The anticipation of the Thanksgiving meal is so great that by the time we sit down to eat it, our multiple (and completely necessary) taste tests of everything in the kitchen have completely eliminated any room for the star of the event: the turkey.
So the day after Thanksgiving (or as I call it, Thanksgaving -- see what I did there?) is the day I feast on the turkey that has been tirelessly prepared by someone other than me the day before. And what better way to do that than with a sandwich?
Fellow Thanksgaving lovers, I give you...
The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwiches (Part II):
See also: The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwiches
Buffalo Turkey Grilled Cheese
Say goodbye to dry turkey. This sandwich is everything you'd ever want a grilled cheese to be, but better. It's like a hot-and-spicy buffalo wing dip between bread. Mix together shredded turkey breast, cream cheese, a bit of blue cheese dressing, grated cheddar cheese and hot sauce to taste. Spread between two slices of sourdough bread, butter the outsides, and grill hot and crisp. If you'd like, serve with carrots and celery to pretend you're remotely healthy.
The Bistro Turkey Sandwich
Feeling fancy? Impress lingering guests by serving this sandwich inspired by the Turkey Sandwich at Blue Barn Gourmet in San Fran. Leftover turkey is elevated by the addition of creamy, tangy goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, crisp watercress and a basil & garlic aioli. Stuff it all between lightly toasted ciabatta and wash it down with a couple glasses of crisp, white wine. After yesterday, you deserve it.
The Open-Faced Sandwich w/ Cranberry Sauce
Everybody loves a classic, and you can't get much more classic than an open-faced sandwich on white bread. Heat up sliced turkey in leftover gravy and pile onto lightly toasted white bread. Top with a dollop of cranberry sauce and season with crushed black pepper. If you're feeling randy, spoon some leftover stuffing on the toast before topping with turkey.
Sliced turkey, peppery salami, smooth provolone, good, crusty Italian bread, hot pickled peppers, lettuce, tomato, mayo, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar...fughettaboutit.
My Favorite Breakfast
This egg white sandwich is a staple at my house...and it can only be made better by roast turkey. Toast an English muffin and layer on a slice of pepperjack cheese, egg whites, thinly sliced turkey breast and avocado mashed and mixed with lemon juice, minced red onion, chopped tomato, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Why don't you go ahead and add some hot sauce on it, too...
The Turkey Reuben
Replace the corned beef with turkey in this deli classic served on rye with pickles, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and creamy Russian dressing. Or better yet, keep the corned beef too. Be sure to butter and grill the bread for optimal pleasure.
Kentucky Hot Browns
The Hot Brown was created in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1926 as an alternative to ham & egg late-night suppers (thanks, Wikipedia). Serve the gut-busting, cheese-smothered open-faced sandwich with some Mint Juleps for a kick-ass, Southern-style brunch.
Turkey Caesar Salad Wrap
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Creamy Caesar dressing will give bland, leftover turkey a much needed face lift. Make your own garlicky version by mixing mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper and toss with crisp chopped romaine and chopped turkey before rolling up in a whole-wheat or spinach wrap.
What are your favorite ways to use leftover turkey?