Monday, December 28

Two Terrific Leftover Turkey Sandwich Recipes

Me: I should post the turkey sandwich with the cranberry sauce. Everyone will have leftover cranberry sauce to use up.

Me: Nope. Too much like Thanksgiving. I'll go with the Southwest sandwich.

Me: But cranberry sauce won't be around much longer; habanero Gouda cheese is around all year.

Me: No, no. Too much like Thanksgiving.

Me: I'm just gonna post both; that way, people can decide for themselves.

Jeff: Who are you talking to?

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Turkey, Cranberry, and Gruyere Sandwich with Sage Mustard

This Turkey, Cranberry, and Gruyere Sandwich with Sage Mustard is all about opposites attracting: toasty, fragrant rye bread and moist, savory turkey; tart cranberry sauce and mild Gruyere cheese; earthy sage and tangy mustard. Somehow, they all come together in perfect harmony.

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Southwest Turkey Sandwich with Habanero Gouda

This spicy Southwest Turkey Sandwich was inspired by our recent visit to Winchester Farms. Winchester Farms, which is located about 75 minutes from San Diego, is owned and operated by Jules Wesselink, who was born and raised in Haarlem, Holland. Jules has been operating his own dairies in California since the 1950's, so he knows how to make Gouda cheese.

Winchester Farms's Gouda cheese is exceptional. They offer numerous varieties ranging from mild to sharp and include stand-out flavors like garlic Gouda and habanero Gouda. The fiery habanero Gouda is the secret to my Southwest Turkey Sandwich. With its tender texture and bold flavor, you don't need much else to make this sandwich shine. Although I do highly recommend pairing it with some salty tortilla chips and a cold Dos Equis. 

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Turkey, Cranberry, and Gruyere Sandwich with Sage Mustard

Makes 1 sandwich
Print recipe only here.

2 slices rye bread
2 teaspoons spicy golden mustard
1 large sage leaf
3-4 thick slices of turkey meat
1 ounce Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon cranberry sauce

1. Lightly toast the bread. Mix the mayo and sage together, and spread on both slices of toast.

2.Heat turkey in a skillet on the stove top for several minutes, until warmed through. Add to the sandwich. Add turkey, cheese, and cranberry sauce. Slice in half, and eat immediately.

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Southwest Turkey Sandwich
Makes 1 sandwich
Print recipe only here.

2 slices multi-grain sourdough bread or bread of your choice
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
3-4 thick slices of turkey meat
1 ounce habanero Gouda cheese or other hot, spicy cheese, thinly sliced
3 small slices of fresh tomato

1. Lightly toast the bread. Spread both slices with mayo, and top with cilantro.

2.  Heat turkey in a skillet on the stove top for several minutes, until warmed through. Add to the sandwich. Top with cheese and tomato. Eat immediately.

You might also like these sandwiches from Food Blogga:
Frittata Sandwich
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Turkey Burger with Apples, Gruyere, and Sage Mayo
Turkey and Prosciutto Sandwich with Gorgonzola and Arugula 

Here are more terrific turkey sandwiches:
Turkey-Apple Salad Melt Panini recipe at Panini Happy
My Favorite Turkey Sandwich recipe at Food For My Family
Skinny Turkey Cuban Sandwich recipe at Gina's WW Recipes
Chipotle Turkey Salad Sandwich recipe at Simply Recipes


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What mouthwatering sandwiches!

Best wishes for 2010!



♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Hearty sandwhiches..infact for lunch or dinner or breakfast....

And Susan ,can i please ask u for a fav????
would love to ask for i really i need helppppppppppp and a precious vote ..hop on here for details
or hop strait below...puleeze...pinky promise please.....
...a few moments of ur time
before 1st jan...
and thanx a ton!!!!
and yeah wishing ya a rocking new year

® said...

I love your blog! :D
Feliz 2010!
Vinni/ Brasil

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

What a coincidence - my husband just bought some of that habanero Gouda at the farmers market a few weeks ago! We enjoyed it grated in an omelet with leftover christmas ham and bell peppers. Hope you had a great Christmas!

Abby said...

Would you believe that my family doesn't eat cranberry sauce? I don't think I've ever seen it at Thanksgiving OR Christmas!

But I love fruit spreads with poultry so I may just have to make it for MYSELF. At a non-holiday. Like Thursday?

Kelly B. said...

YUM! Both of those sandwiches look awesome!

Cooking with Michele said...

That "too much like Thanksgiving" feeling is the reason I never make turkey for Christmas, but opt instead of a whole tenderloin with my simple blender bearnaise sauce. Seems like we never have ANY beef left over for a sandwich!

Patsyk said...

The only reason to have turkey is for to make sandwiches with the leftovers! I'll take one of each!

Ivy said...

Both sandwiches sound delicious. Best wishes for the New Year.

The Teacher Cooks said...

Just what I needed now is new ideas for sandwiches. These are perfect! Thanks

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Always glad to find a new recipe that uses Gouda! I have become a recent convert to the joy and creativity of sandwich making. I love of dash of cranberry sauce on a sandwich, and for me, pure heaven is the addition of a little stuffing as well!

Deeba PAB said...

You bring the best into and out of sandwiches Susan. Both these are seriously good! Love the cranberry sauce! YUM!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

rosa-Happy New Year to you as well!

vanilla-I'll come check it out.

amehlia-Thank you!

kathy-That is funny! It's amazing, isn't it?

abby-No cranberry sauce?! I eat it by the spoonful!

kelly-Thank you so much!

michele-My sister-in-law makes a mean beef tenderloin for Xmas Day too! Delicious!

patsy-Well said!

ivy-Happy New Year, my friend!

teachercooks-Glad to be of service! :)

tw-I know what you mean; Gouda is underappreciated.

deeba-Thanks, my dear!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I had to re-read the first few lines of the conversation to "get it". :) So funny! These do look yummy!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I'd have no problem with having both, maybe even at the same time Susan.

Tracy said...

Great recipe sandwiches specially with ingredients that we have on hand! Thanks!

Tracy, Velocity Fulfillment

Christine said...

Two beautiful sandwiches, Susan. I'm so glad you talked yourself into posting them both :)
Wishing you and Jeff a very Happy New Year!

Sophie said...

I so love the classic first sandwich, screams: EAT ME!!!


Lisa Johnson said...

Those sandwiches look great! Unfortunately I didn't get to bring any turkey home after Christmas dinner. No leftover turkey! All the best to you in 2010 Susan! Happy Holidays. ; )

Kate/Kajal said...

For me its gotta be the second one ! How i wish i could have that now :)

Wishing you a fabulous 2010 !


Cookie baker Lynn said...

I'm so glad you posted the cranberry one because that one totally gets my vote.

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

Johanna GGG said...

mmmm I would eat these without turkey or maybe with some leftover nut roast - I would also find it hard to decide between the two - both excellent

hope you have a great 2010

Susan from Food Blogga said...


val-Not a bad idea.

tracy-Glad you like them!

christine-Me too!

sophie-That's a good thing to scream. ;)

anlai-No leftovers?! Happy New Year!

kate-Happy New Year!

lynn-I love tart cranberry sauce too.

johanna-I have never eaten that but would love to try it.

Jeanne said...

Mmmm, I'm liking the sound of the spicy sandwich with the cold Dos Equis... although the sage mayo is soooo tempting!