The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich

The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich
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The Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Turkey sandwiches are all the rage. Especially when you have loads of leftover fresh roast turkey to utilize. Follow these step-by-step instructions for the ultimate leftover turkey sandwich.

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The Ingredients

First we take a look at the ingredients, most of which you’ll see on Thanksgiving, with the exception of mayonnaise and the sourdough bread. We chose to use sourdough because it has that rustic taste and texture that Thanksgiving is all about, and a turkey sandwich isn’t a turkey sandwich without mayonnaise.

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For our sandwich, we wanted a contrast of textures to balance out the turkey and stuffing combination, so we decided to toast our bread to add a little crunch. We also wanted the bread hot like the other ingredients, so heating it through the toaster was key.

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The Butter and Chicken Stock

Anyone who has made a version of this sandwich before will raise an eyebrow at these two ingredients, but we melt them together in a sauté pan and use the mixture for a very crucial part of the sandwich, which you’ll see in the next slide.

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Reheating the Turkey

When we thought about the turkey, we started with what we didn’t want. What’s the worst thing about Thanksgiving turkey? When it goes dry. To avoid this, we heat up our turkey by carefully basting it in the melted chicken stock and butter mixture.

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Reheating the Stuffing

Stuffing is great as is, but because we wanted to incorporate another one of our favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal — gravy — into this sandwich, we decided to give it a little special treatment. To reheat the stuffing, we stir a little gravy into it and zap it in the microwave so that it’s extra flavorful.

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The Cranberry Sauce

For assembly, we start with the cranberry sauce, spreading it over one slice of bread. In many recipes, you’ll see cranberry on both slices, but we deliberately chose to do just one because we thought it added the perfect amount of tang.

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The Mayonnaise

On the other half, we add the mayo, spreading the entire tablespoon evenly across the surface so that it covers every nook and cranny.

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Assembling the Stuffing

When we thought about the presentation of our sandwich, we wanted it to be similar to how you would load up your plate on Thanksgiving. For many of us, cranberry tops the stuffing and turkey, so we added the stuffing as the next layer on the cranberry slice. Using a spoon, we smoothed it out evenly so that it covered every inch of the bread.

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Adding the Turkey

The turkey is added to the other slice of bread, topping the mayonnaise. This was a deliberate choice, because we love the combination of mayonnaise and turkey on any sandwich, so wanted to make sure the two were close by in our version.

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The Finished Product

Once the two slices are assembled, it’s time to add them together and enjoy. No one can argue with the flavor combination of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry, but we assure you that our recipe for this sandwich is unlike any other, taking each and every step into careful consideration.

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By: Anne Dolce

Once the plates have been cleared, the candles blown out, and the dishwasher loaded, there's nothing left of Thanksgiving except for the leftovers. For many, reheating a plate full of mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, and gravy is a good enough way to reminisce about the food-filled holiday, but for others, there's only one thing they look forward to when it comes to the scraps: the Thanksgiving turkey sandwich.

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Some know it as a Turkey delight, others just call it a Thanksgiving sandwich, and there are the few folks from the Northeast who call it a Nobadeer. But whatever you call it, the simple combination of Thanksgiving's key dishes piled together between two pieces of bread brings new meaning to the celebratory meal.

While variations exist, most can agree that a true leftovers sandwich only contains three staple ingredients: turkey, cranberry, and stuffing. There are many ways to put it together — heating the turkey, leaving the stuffing cold, or adding a dash of mayonnaise — and as always, the Cook editors at The Daily Meal set out to determine the best version.

After many brainstorming sessions and extensive research, we were able to dream up the ideal leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, and developed the perfect recipe to make it a reality. With the help of our friend Alexis Murphy of Jac o' lyn Murphy, we tested and tested until we got it right, and can now present you with the ultimate leftover Thanksgiving sandwich. This recipe gives a whole new meaning to a turkey sandwich — taking texture, taste, and flavor into consideration unlike any other recipe before. It will make your mouth water, and may give you an excuse to rehearse your Thanksgiving meal a few times before the actual holiday.

Check out the slideshow above to see how you can recreate the Thanksgiving feast (into a sandwich).

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