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.
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
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.
* 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.