Editor’s Note: I’m privileged to introduce an author and recipe creator I’ve known since she was in first grade. Boston University student Sabrina Marques shares a recipe for a turkey sandwich that will put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use. Plan ahead: make sure you set aside some brie to add to this Thanksgiving-weekend treat. This recipe and accompanying photos are reprinted by permission from Spoon University. –Barb
Now that Halloweekend is long gone and November is here, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind: Thanksgiving. The only thing getting you through the last few exams, presentations and lectures is knowing that a well-deserved break full of family, friends, and stuffing your face with mouthwatering food is literally only days away. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie… The thought of it all has you counting down the hours until you’re home free.
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is that the food goes on for DAYS. Aka leftovers galore for the entire rest of your break. Get even more excited for Thanksgiving with this recipe for the ultimate day-after-Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. This sandwich is so good and so jam packed with Thanksgiving favorites, that you just won’t wanna share. Sound familiar?
Any Friends fan knows exactly what I’m talking about. Regardless of whether you love the show or not, get crafty with your leftovers and get ready to make a sandwich Ross Geller would be proud of.
The Ultimate Day-After-Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15-20 minutes
Servings: 1 awesome sandwich
- 2 slices bread
- Lots of turkey
- 3 tablespoons stuffing
- 3 tablespoons mashed potatoes
- 2-oz. brie cheese
- 3 tablespoons cranberry sauce
- Little bit of gravy (optional)
Layer one slice of your bread of choice first with lots of turkey. Shown in the photograph are two slices of multigrain panini bread. However, you can also use whatever bread your family may have leftover from Thanksgiving day. If you want to add the optional gravy to your sandwich, go ahead and drizzle some over your turkey.
Next, spread about 2-oz. (or more) of brie cheese on the other slice of bread. This is an ingredient that you may not have on hand, but it is well worth the trip to the grocery store.
Spread about three tablespoons of mashed potatoes over the brie.
Layer about three tablespoons of stuffing on top of your potatoes.
Spread about three tablespoons of cranberry sauce on top of your turkey. This helps add some acidity to your sandwich to cut through all the richness of the other ingredients.
Pull out a panini press and press your sandwich until it has some nice grill lines. Alternately, if you do not have a panini press, you can also heat your sandwich up using a skillet and a spatula, similar to the way you might make a grilled cheese. Either way will achieve a deliciously toasty sandwich.
Get cozy with Netflix or whatever else you’re doing and enjoy/make a mess of a sandwich you might not make again for another year.
About the author: Sabrina Marques is a sophomore at Boston University studying International Relations. She enjoys yelling at the TV during reruns of Chopped, spending too much time at Trader Joe’s, and obsessing over her NutriBullet. Sabrina hopes to travel to thirty different countries before she’s thirty and plans to try as many new foods along the way as she can.
Copyright 2015 Sabrina Marques