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Thanksgiving leftovers

Build The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Thanksgiving is next week, but we have been thinking about Thanksgiving Leftover sandwiches all month. While we all have our own personal preferences, here are some sandwich tips to help you create a delicious Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich.

Bread Choice
It seems wrong to go out and buy bread specifically for a sandwich made from leftovers. As the name states, you should be using what you have on hand, which is what most of us can and will do. However, if you do go out of your way to get bread for this sandwich, the key is to get something that isn’t too bready. Since you will likely be creating a hefty sandwich, choose bread that’s strong enough to hold up without overpowering the ingredients.

A fresh Kaiser roll might be the best choice as it adds some flaky crispiness on the outside but is airy enough within to complement your leftovers. And this may cause a stir, but a wrap can also be a fine option as it allows for more of the stuff on the inside without adding too much starch. Also it helps to ensure your whole sandwich won’t fall apart while you eat it.

Easy Dressing/Gravy
First and foremost, avoid mustard. While it is a perfectly fine condiment, it doesn’t necessarily lend itself to this sandwich. If your sandwich consists of mainly turkey, then mustard is great. But because it’s such a strong flavor, it may be too intense for the rest of your ingredients. Instead, a neutral condiment like mayonnaise can help to add some greasy moisture to your sandwich.

You want to add gravy to your sandwich because we’re talking Thanksgiving here. But you have to be careful – too much gravy will soak your bread and create a soggy mess. To err on the side of caution for sliced bread, make sure there’s a dry ingredient between the bread and the gravy. If you want to avoid it all together, you can always have a little extra gravy on the side to dip your sandwich in.

Starches
You may be tempted to pile on the starches, like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and candied yams, but disrupting the starch-to-meat ratio will result in a dense, carb-heavy sandwich. If that’s what you like, we are definitely not here to judge. This is merely a suggestion to help balance out your sandwich.

Stuffing may be your best bet for a starch, but you have likely have many options, such as sweet potatoes or mac n’ cheese. Much like everything in this sandwich, go easy. If you are using a wrap, you can probably go with two starches, but keep portions and ratios in mind.

Dark Meat
While many may prefer white meat, whether for taste or health reasons, they may not realize how moist and tasty dark meat is. You don’t want to risk your sandwich being too dry, so when you can, go with dark meat.

Cranberry Sauce
A thin, well-distributed layer is such a good addition to your leftover sandwich. The tart, sweet and fruity flavors add moisture without overpowering the other flavors, nor creating a soggy sandwich.

Egg = Breakfast
Add an egg and you’ve got breakfast – enough said. This tactic allows you to wake up Friday morning and dig right back into your Thanksgiving food.

Follow Your Heart
Ultimately, it comes down to what you like in your sandwich (and what’s on hand – this is a leftovers sandwich). Trust your instincts with flavor and texture combinations, and if it doesn’t work out sometimes, lesson learned.

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Sandwich Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but your leftovers (most likely) remain. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce – whatever it is, you can probably turn it into a delicious sandwich. Check out these leftover turkey sandwich ideas and recipes for fun and inventive meals.

Turkey, Smashed Avocado, Cranberry, Brie, & Mashed Potato Waffle Melts
The name itself is a deliciously telling mouthful. Swapping regular bread for waffles is genius, and the different flavors and textures of the ingredients work beautifully together.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini
This Italian twist on your leftovers turns it into a whole different meal! Your delicious turkey, mixed with classic Italian flavors, wrapped in wonderfully toasted French bread is like a dream.

Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad
This creative take on chicken salad combines your leftover turkey with apple and cranberries for a deliciously sweet and savory sandwich.

Grilled Turkey Florentine
Leftover turkey, spinach, sautéed mushrooms, and bacon come together in this masterpiece of a sandwich.

The Afternoon Snack Turkey Sandwich
The flavors of turkey, bacon and sharp cheddar are wonderfully complemented by the slices of honeycrisp apples.

Turkey Grilled Cheese
You can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich, and adding some of your leftover turkey only makes it better.

Turkey & Cranberry Sandwich
You already know how great turkey and cranberry sauce is together, so adding some toppings and condiments of your choice and putting it all between two pieces of your favorite bread is the best way to savor your thanksgiving dinner, just a little differently.

The New B.L.T.
The club and B.L.T. sandwich meet to create this yummy concoction. Use your delicious turkey remnants with the real kicker in this sandwich – chipotle mayo. YUM.

Buffalo Turkey Sandwich
This sandwich brings flavor in a big way. The spicy buffalo flavor is offset by the creamy celery yogurt spread. Use your favorite bread or buns and you’re set!

Turkey Cuban Sandwich
Make your Cuban sandwich a bit lighter by substituting roast pork with your leftover turkey. Or make it heavier by simply adding leftover turkey to the classic recipe.

Turkey Cranber-wee Bagel Sandwich
Great for kids and adults, and the perfect size, these bagel sandwiches are a smart and easy way to enjoy your leftovers.

Turkey & Brie Panini
This tasty recipe calls for a sweet, hot chile glaze that takes this panini to another level.

Turkey & Guacamole Quesadilla
Kick up your quesadilla game with leftover turkey plus guacamole.

What are some of your favorite ways to reinvent your Thanksgiving leftovers? Share your recipes or ideas with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, or Pinterest!

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