A better kind of Thanksgiving sandwich.
We all know and love the traditional Thanksgiving sandwich, that glorious mountain of post-Thanksgiving goodness. The traditional Thanksgiving sandwich is a pile of leftovers — mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce — layered between slices of plain bread. But this leftover turkey cranberry and brie melt takes things in a better, more simplified direction.
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Two Thanksgiving leftovers in one new dish! This leftover turkey cranberry brie melt is so simple, it barely needs a recipe. Just take a thin slice of bread (day-old is fine), toast it, then layer with a little cranberry sauce, turkey, and brie. Then bake for a few minutes, top with some fresh black pepper, and enjoy this melty, sweet-savory lunchtime victory.
Recipe Notes: Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Melt
- Substitutions. Though this tartine was conceived as as simple Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich, it can be eaten year ’round. Substitute roast chicken or sliced deli carved turkey for leftover Thanksgiving turkey, and raspberry jam makes the best alternative to cranberry sauce. If you do not have brie, a sharp would also be very good.
- Cook this in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. This lets the whole sandwich warm through, and the cheese melt. However, if you do not mind cold turkey, you can speed things up by putting the sandwich under the broiler. The turkey will not have time to warm through, but the cheese will melt in under a minute or two. Watch carefully to make sure it does not burn.
- Toast the bread first. If you pile everything on soft bread, it will stay soft. I like to toast the bread on my melts first so it can be held by hand and will not be soggy.
Did you make this open-faced turkey sandwich? How was it?
Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Melt
- a few slices of carved turkey breast
- 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce or tart jam, or to taste
- 1 slice bread, toasted
- 1 or 2 ounces brie, sliced
- 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, optional
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Layer mayo (if using), the cranberry sauce, and roast turkey slices on top of the toast. Top with slices of brie.
- Bake on a sheet pan for 7 to 10 minutes, until warmed through and the cheese has melted.
- Top with fresh-cracked pepper and maybe a garnish of small lettuce leaves, and serve warm.