They may not have the best reputation, but Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches are actually pretty brilliant. If you aren’t serving a huge crowd on Thanksgiving, cooking up an entire feast can leave you with a ton of leftovers that you’ll end up eating for days. While we love Thanksgiving dinner, there are only so many times you can eat the same meal over and over again, so we’re all about finding creative ways to eat Thanksgiving leftovers. And as far as we see it, there may be no better option than putting some of that leftover turkey, stuffing, and more in between two tasty pieces of bread to make a Thanksgiving sandwich.
Making a Thanksgiving turkey is quite the process. It requires hours of diligence, plenty of basting, and just the right timing. With all of that effort, it’s important that you fully enjoy the product of your culinary labors. Sure, a golden, seasoned bird will likely impress your Thanksgiving guests, but once you have all those leftovers after the meal, you should find a way to make the most of them. So, your best bet might just be to make some gourmet turkey sandwiches that are perfect for lunch or dinner.
Instead of just throwing your scraps into a pot of soup or half-heartedly placing them in between two mustard-laden pieces of bread, get a little creative. These 15 recipes won’t let you down — and you’ll be wishing you had Thanksgiving leftovers all year long.
1. Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
Cranberry sauce, turkey, and stuffing all play a role in A Cozy Kitchen's sandwich version of a classic Thanksgiving dinner.
2. BBQ Turkey Quesadillas
If you're sick of things that taste too traditional, then Mel's Kitchen Cafe's BBQ quesadillas are a great twist. They're not quite a sandwich, but they're beyond easy to make for an easy post-Thanksgiving meal.
3. Turkey Cranberry Sandwich
This deli-style sandwich by Savory Sweet Life is full of greens, so you don't have to worry about loading all up on carbs and turkey.
4. Cranberry And Brie Grilled Cheese
Even if you didn't serve turkey at your Thanksgiving feast, it's possible to enjoy your leftovers for lunch the next day with this cheesy recipe by The Kitchn.
5. Egg And Turkey Banh Mi
Try out I Am A Food Blog's turkey banh mi for a refreshing brunch. Remember: everything is better with an egg on top.
6. Thanksgiving Monte Cristo Sandwich
Marla Meridith's warm, cheesy Monte Cristo sandwich pairs perfectly with a side of cranberry sauce. Think of it as the Thanksgiving version of a grilled cheese and tomato soup.
7. Herby Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Sun-dried tomato spread adds some extra oomph to A Farmgirl's Dabbles classic turkey grilled cheese.
8. Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad Sandwiches
A mix of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt makes Inside BruCrew Life's turkey salad irresistibly creamy. Enjoy it on its own, or slather it between two tasty pieces of bread.
9. Honey Mustard Turkey Salad Sandwiches
Diced apples and honey add a sweet touch to Taste and Tell's turkey salad, while Dijon mustard gives it a much-needed kick.
10. Open-Faced Turkey Sandwiches
This isn't the type of sandwich you can casually eat with your hands. The Kitchn douses bread with a creamy cheese sauce.
11. Turkey, Mango Chutney, And Brie Panini
Add a tropical touch to your leftover turkey with some mango chutney. Savory Sweet Life makes an enticing sandwich with plenty of brie.
12. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini
A thick layer of pesto adds vibrance to Damn Delicious' comforting turkey sandwich.
13. Smoked Turkey Brie And Apple Panini
Apples and brie are a match that can simply do no wrong. Mel's Kitchen Cafe makes the pair even better with sweet caramelized onions.
14. Turkey and Swiss Panini
A mix of savory and sweet makes Damn Delicious' leftover panini absolutely delectable. Pile on plenty of cranberry sauce.
15. Leftover Thanksgiving Pull-Apart Bread
OK, so it's not a sandwich, but Climbing Grier Mountain's pull-apart bread may be the most amazing way to get rid of your Thanksgiving leftovers. After all, if there's anything we really love, it's bread and cheese.
For more Thanksgiving ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.
Images: Damn Delicious (3); A Cozy Kitchen; Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (2); Savory Sweet Life (2); The Kitchn (2); I Am A Food Blog; Marla Meridith; A Farmgirl’s Dabbles; Inside BruCrew Life; Taste and Tell; Climbing Grier Mountain