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Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich peanut butterless main course

Sadly, Thanksgiving is over. The #1 foodie holiday came and went in a flash. But thankfully, there’s still plenty of leftovers! I went through several iterations of this recipe, finally settling on the one you see here. Deli turkey breast just doesn’t cut it – it’s watery, slimy and lacks flavor and texture. If you don’t have any leftover turkey, go to Costco and get the “kettle fried turkey breast” in the refrigerated section. Despite the name it’s not actually fried, it’s simply a cooked turkey breast without the bones or skin. Disregard the directions on the label, just cut open the package, pat it dry and slice it. The other key ingredient to this sandwich is cranberry sauce. I tried using dried cranberries but they didn’t add much to the experience and often just fell-off the sandwich. Also, homemade cranberry chutney is the only way to go, but if you must, opt for the whole-berry cranberry sauce in a can. There’s one other ingredient here that brings the whole thing together, read on for details.

Ingredients:Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich peanut butterless main course Print Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich peanut butterless main course Save

4-6 slices roasted turkey breast
3T nonfat cream cheese*
2T cranberry chutney or canned whole-berry cranberry sauce*
1 handful fresh spinach
1/4 cup sweet potato casserole
2 slices whole wheat bread
2t honey mustard

Directions:

1. If using a can of cranberry sauce, dump it into a bowl and add 6 shakes of cinnamon, 2 shakes of nutmeg and 2 shakes of pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. For the cream cheese, open up the tub, get a knife and mix/stir it very well until it is whipped, light and creamy – this makes all the difference in the world.

2. Cover each slice of bread with honey mustard (about 1t for each). Lay the turkey on top of one slice and spread the cream cheese on top. Then spread the cranberry sauce over the cream cheese and lay the spinach on next. Top with sweet potatoes, if using. Complete the sandwich with the other slice of bread and consume or wrap for lunch. I prepare it at night for the following day’s lunch and it keeps fine.

Additional Info:

* Cranberry Sauce – I found the store brand to be cheaper and contain less sugar than Ocean Spray (and even less sugar than regular dried cranberries!). Choose whatever is available to you.

* Nonfat Cream Cheese – I know some people can’t stand this stuff but I’ve mentioned this before: only buy the Philadelphia brand in the plastic tub! The bar form isn’t the same and any other brand is awful if you’re going the nonfat route. Make sure to whip it up prior to use as per the directions above.

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  1. Evan Thomas says:

    This is definitely one of the best things about the Holiday season. I like Organic valley low fat cream cheese and Trader Joe’s cranberry apple butter. Even though it’s “apple butter”, it tastes just like canned cranberry sauce

    • Nick says:

      Ooo, I’ll try out that cream cheese and look for the TJs product. Thanks for the tip!

  2. heather says:

    mmmm. now i want it to be thanksgiving!!!

  3. Lauren says:

    I adore the combination of turkey and cranberry sauce in a sandwich. I like to add on leftover mashed sweet potatoes for the full “Gobbler” effect!

    • Nick says:

      Excellent point, I may have to make a batch of mashed sweet potatoes just for this…

  4. dawn says:

    ok dude I’m so loving this, but take off the spinach and add some stuffing. I know that just blows the whole fattening thing right out of the water right? And just so you know, pb actually goes very well with cranberry. you knew that.

    • Nick says:

      Haha, stuffing would be tasty, I agree. But you don’t want to get into a lunchtime Thanksgiving food coma at work. And peanut butter, can’t believe I didn’t think of that!

  5. Karine says:

    Wowow your sandwich sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. parsnipity says:

    TASTY! you know- this is missing a very important ingredient…
    PEANUT BUTTER! I bet it would be great mixed right into that cream cheese :}

    • Nick says:

      I know and I didn’t even think of it! Am I fizzling?

  7. Bren says:

    a great everyday sandwich, esp. now for the Holidays!! :)

  8. Sydney says:

    Wow, love spinach. I usually use spinach for my salad and pasta. Will surely try this.

  9. Debbie says:

    LOOKS LIKE A FANTASTIC RECIPE, PBB!!

    Everybody has all these ingredients on-hand now! Great timing on this post!!!

    • Nick says:

      Thanks Debbie, hope you enjoy it!

  10. Kyle says:

    I definitely don’t see peanut butter this time haha
    Needs it!
    The peanut butter in the casserole isn’t enough.

    • Nick says:

      Haha, this time you are correct sir!

      Well I made this sandwich two days in a row and guess what I put on it the second day? A couple spoonfuls of the leftover Sweet Potato PB Casserole and it was fantastic! So yup, I got it in there!

      • Kyle says:

        PB needs it own layer haha.

  11. giz says:

    Our Thanksgiving is long past and when I look at this sandwich, I die just a little inside – I want it…NOW!!!!

    • Nick says:

      Well if you come just south of the border, you’ll find a ton of turkeys on sale still!

  12. Why nonfat cream cheese? Go less processed and use regular! Also, in the picture, it looks like the slice in the background has cheese, but could be the honey mustard… however, this sandwich sounds amazing and I think a slice of cheddar would be the deal maker!

    • Nick says:

      You’re right, you’re right. I should have used the real stuff, but after all the heavy foods and intense desserts, I just needed something a bit less dense.

      And yes that’s honey mustard, but because of your suggestion I put cheddar on my sandwich instead of cream cheese the next day and it was great! Kudos!

  13. jana says:

    all you guys crack me up.lol. i can have this turkey sandwich anytime i want. not just after thanksgiving. i buy a turkey breast all times of the year cause they are’nt expensive. but, i only put turkey, cranberry sauce and mayo on the sandwich, that’s it. yummmm!

    • Nick says:

      I do too! This used to be my lunch every day for several months of the year, but I got lazy and started using deli-sliced turkey and it wasn’t nearly as good so I stopped. But I have a huge turkey breast (8 lb, bone-in) in the freezer that will be put to good sandwich use!

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