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If you’re wondering what to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce, I suggest stuffing them into a grilled sandwich along with grated gruyere, fresh tarragon and a bit of homemade orange tarragon mustard. It makes for a refreshing change after days of the same!
I love traditional Thanksgiving food but eating turkey with mashed sweet potatoes and green bean casserole always seems to get old really, really quickly. By Thanksgiving Saturday I’m absolutely tired of the stuff and that’s where this delicious leftover Thanksgiving turkey cranberry grilled sandwich comes in.
It’s stuffed with turkey meat and cranberry sauce but because there are a number of other strong-flavored components in it, it goes into completely different directions than traditional Thanksgiving flavors.
The most important ingredient here is the homemade orange tarragon mustard. It’s very sharp and intense and peps up the, let’s face it, somewhat bland turkey meat beautifully. The tarragon adds freshness and delicious herb flavors that work great with the grated gruyere and the smokiness from the grilled bread.
If you’re out of cranberry sauce, not to worry, I have a recipe for homemade star anise cranberry sauce that works great in this sandwich.
How to make a leftover Thanksgiving turkey cranberry grilled sandwich:
The first thing you’ll need to do for this recipe is make the mustard and you can find the recipe here: homemade orange tarragon mustard. The ingredients need to sit for about eight hours before you can process them into mustard, so be sure to plan ahead for that.
Once you have the mustard, the rest is very quick, you simply stuff the turkey meat, cranberry sauce, gruyere, mustard and chopped fresh tarragon between two slices of bread and grill them on a grill pan or in a panini press.
I suggest you use a rustic, crusty bread for this grilled sandwich; what I used here was a walnut cranberry rye bread and it was delicious.
Need a bit of quiet time to yourself after a hectic Thanksgiving? I recommend you make yourself a warm and comforting Spiced Irish Coffee and sip it while watching the flames dance in the fireplace.
Leftover Thanksgiving turkey cranberry grilled sandwich with orange tarragon mustard
- 4 ounces leftover turkey meat
- 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce*
- 2 ounces grated gruyere cheese
- 2 tablespoons homemade orange tarragon mustard**
- 2 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh tarragon
- 4 slices rustic bread, such as walnut cranberry bread
- Stuff meat, cranberry sauce, gruyere, mustard and tarragon between two slices of the bread, then grill on a grill pan or in a panini press.
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