Make a turkey cranberry sandwich with all those holiday leftovers. Sliced turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and a rosemary garlic mayo transform your favorite comfort food into a delicious day after Thanksgiving meal.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you've got a refrigerator filled with leftovers. Reheating the same meal over and over can get boring, so let's try something new this year!
This turkey cranberry sandwich combines your favorite holiday leftovers - turkey, cranberry sauce, and dressing - into a savory, comforting sandwich that's packed with flavor. Don't skip the rosemary garlic mayo, it adds savory holiday flavor that brings the sandwich together.
Make a turkey cranberry sandwich after Thanksgiving or Christmas with your holiday leftovers. The recipe is easy to customize with chicken, turkey, or holiday ham.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Bread - Choose your favorite sandwich bread for this recipe. I used a lightly toasted honey wheat bread.
- Lettuce - Adds a bit of crunch and freshness to the sandwich. I don't recommend omitting it.
- Turkey - Any leftover sliced turkey works on this sandwich. Turkey can be substituted with your favorite deli meat, cooked chicken, or leftover ham.
- Cranberry sauce - Homemade or store bought cranberry sauce works. Cranberry sauce could also be substituted with your favorite jam or preserves, like raspberry jam or apple butter.
- Dressing - Any dressing or stuffing works in this recipe. I used some leftover cornbread dressing.
- Mayo - The base of the rosemary garlic mayo. I don't recommend omitting the spread because it adds flavor and moisture to the sandwich.
- Garlic - Adds flavor to the spread.
- Seasoning - Fresh rosemary and salt add flavor to the mayo. Fresh rosemary could be substituted with fresh thyme if desired.
- Dijon mustard - Adds a bit of tang to the mayo.
- Lemon juice - Adds a bit of tang and thins the mayo spread slightly.
Tips and tricks
- Choose your favorite leftovers - If you dislike turkey but love ham, try making a leftovers sandwich with ham instead! Don't add anything to your sandwich that you don't enjoy.
- Don't skip the mayo - It adds plenty of flavor and some added moisture to your sandwich. This is particularly helpful if your turkey leftovers are getting a little dry.
- Serve warm or cold - If you prefer a warm sandwich, reheat your turkey and dressing before assembling the sandwich.
Frequently asked questions
Any cooked and seasoned leftover turkey works great in this recipe. Sliced Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are ideal, but not necessary. Thin sliced deli turkey also works great if you don't have leftovers on hand. Turkey could also be substituted with leftover holiday ham.
Cranberry jam makes a great substitute. If you can't find cranberry jam, any flavor of jam or preserves works great on this sandwich. Apple butter, raspberry jam, or orange marmalade are great options.
Turkey sandwiches are great served with a side of potato chips, a small salad, or a bowl of potato soup.
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich
Garlic rosemary mayo
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary, or thyme
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- pinch salt
- 8 slices sandwich bread
- 4 lettuce leaves
- 16 ounces sliced leftover turkey
- 1 cup leftover dressing, or stuffing
- ½ cup cranberry sauce
- In a bowl, add mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, rosemary, mustard, and salt. Mix until combined and set aside.
- Lightly toast your bread slices. Spread mayonnaise in a thin layer on the inside of each bread slice. On half of the bread slices, layer a lettuce leaf, sliced turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce. Top with remaining bread slices. Slice in half and serve.
- Optionally, turkey and dressing can be reheated for a warm sandwich.
- Turkey can be substituted with leftover chicken, sliced ham, or deli meat.
- Garlic rosemary mayo will keep for about 1 week stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator.