Cooking and prepping for Thanksgiving is one of my favorite things in the world, but continuing all of that hard work the next day? No thank you. I hate the thought of even heating up a plate of leftovers, much less cooking an entire new meal. And, to be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure I’m up for all of the trimmings of Thanksgiving 24 hours later. Luckily, that’s where the post-Thanksgiving meal favorite of all time comes in — the leftover turkey sandwich.
If you’re feeling totally let down, trust me when I tell you I don’t mean slapping some mayo on white bread and sandwiching in your leftover turkey. Sandwiches can be incredibly decadent and a gourmet meal when paired with the right ingredients and assembled correctly. You can even use your other leftovers like stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and even mashed potatoes to create the ultimate turkey sandwich that you’ll be talking about until Christmas. And of course, everyone loves how easy a sandwich is to make and that cleanup is a total breeze. You’re also going to make some room in your fridge for all of that eggnog as Christmas makes its way around the bend and you won’t hear anyone saying, “What the hell is in this tupperware anyway?” So kick back, enjoy the post-Thanksgiving shopping and festivities with one of these nine leftover turkey sandwich recipes.
1. Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
Everyone loves a good turkey sandwich, but this Thanksgiving leftover sandwich from A Cozy Kitchen takes a traditional favorite and turns into a gourmet meal. Cranberry mayo makes up the base of this sandwich, while stuffing, gravy, and creamy mashed potatoes help make the layers. Mmmm. Forget Thanksgiving, I’m officially ready for the day after.
2. Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pesto Panini
This leftover Thanksgiving turkey pesto panini from Damn Delicious is easily the most mouth watering recipe I’ve seen. Lots of gooey mozzarella, delicious pesto, avocados, and tomatoes help create this amazing panini. Throw on some cranberry sauce if you’re feeling extra wild.
3. Open Face Thanksgiving Melt
Take the turkey sandwich to a whole new level with this open face Thanksgiving melt from Food Nasty. Stuffing, cranberry sauce, and melted sweet cheese help bring that savory turkey flavor to life all on top of sourdough bread. Delicious.
4. The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Club
Look at those layers! Cooking For Keeps’ ultimate Thanksgiving leftover turkey club from stacks cheese, cranberry sauce, and delicious turkey into a beautiful club sandwich that’s almost too good-looking to eat.
5. Turkey, Cranberry, & Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich
You just can’t go wrong with grilled cheese, especially when you’re making foodiecrush’s turkey, cranberry, and grilled brie cheese sandwich. It sounds totally decadent, but is easy to make and a great post-Thanksgiving lunch idea.
6. Sweet Potato Roll Turkey Sandwiches
I would definitely call this a rustic sandwich and it’s sure to fill that Thanksgiving craving the next day. From Good Life Eats, this sweet potato roll turkey sandwich is quick and easy to throw together, but still totally delicious and perfect for an easy lunch.
7. Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad
Creamy, crunchy, and just the right amount of sweetness makes up this apple cranberry turkey salad from Inside Bru Crew Life. The major plus side to this dish? You can mix it up the night before as you’re putting away leftovers, saving yourself time and tupperware.
8. Thanksgiving Sandwich
Marble rye bread, cranberry chutney, sweet potato puree, and turkey make up this amazing Thanksgiving sandwich from Crepes of Wrath. You know what? Just go for it and dip it in some leftover gravy, too. Mmmm.
9. Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich With A Moist Maker
Sound familiar? That’s because this sandwich is the one Ross Geller lost his mind over on an episode of Friends. If you’ve ever wondered how to make that incredible Geller Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with a moist maker, you should thank Spoon Fork Bacon. Eat it while binge watching all of the hilarious Thanksgiving episodes of Friends and be sure to put your name all over that sandwich in the fridge.