I admit…I’m pulling something from the Archives to publish again. I’ll hope you’ll forgive me; pretty please? When I first started this blog I had 2 readers; me and my dog. Still, I transferred some of my best recipes from an older recipe website where they now languish in the archives and deserve better. This is a great example. One of my most favorite sandwiches…ever. I first had one at a local pizzeria named Nick and Willy’s where you would buy the pie and take it home to bake. When in the mood for lunch, you could buy baked slices of pizza or order from a wonderful menu of sandwiches. One day I tried their turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich with the surprise of cream cheese and was hooked. Line and sinker. When the location near me closed their doors, I had no choice but to try recreating it at home and soon a tradition was born. I look more forward to this sandwich on the Friday after Thanksgiving than I do the turkey the day before!
Even after sending guests home with plates of food, I still have enough turkey left over for these wonderful sandwiches; this year made with the Cosmopolitan Cranberry Sauce I made for Thanksgiving. I’ll also do Turkey Tetrazzini, some turkey soup with dumplings and then freeze what is left for when we’ve had our fill of turkey. I used to do a large turkey to assure we would have leftovers; this year there was one fried turkey and one smoked one and we had an abundance…smoked turkey on the sandwich was also divine!
The best reason for Thanksgiving turkey is this sandwich for the day after!
- Sandwich bread
- Sliced turkey meat (Remove the breast from the turkey and then slice perpendicular to the bottom where the bone was, results in great, tender slices of meat)
- Cranberry Sauce - I use whatever version I've made for the holiday, including my Merlot, Molasses and Toasted Walnut version
- Cream Cheese - either spread with soft cream cheese or cut 'slices' if using regular cream cheese; you want a fairly thick layer of cream cheese, don't scrimp here
- Alfalfa Sprouts
- Roasted Sunflower Seeds
- Smear some mayonnaise on bottom bread slice and season with a small amount of salt
- Layer turkey on top of mayonnaise
- Either spread soft cream cheese or place slices from regular cream cheese on top of turkey
- Dollop generous spoonful of cranberry sauce on top of turkey and spread to edges
- Put a small handful of alfalfa sprouts on top of sauce
- Sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds and top with bread slice
- Cut in half and serve with chips and/or pickle spears.
Since this post is ‘repurposed’ I thought I would include, in my now standard tradition, the original photo of this sandwich. It’s not the worst ever but I didn’t have anything but sandwich bread and I never liked how the turkey itself was totally absent from view; so this year it was time to redo and republish and hope that others can enjoy this sandwich as much as I do.