Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Thanksgiving Leftovers? Put Them to Good Use in a Turkey Cranberry Melt!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Leftovers? Put Them to Good Use in a Turkey Cranberry Melt!

I can't say that I'm sad that I won't be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. We usually go to the in-laws, then we host a Christmas breakfast at our home. I am sad that we won't be getting any of the leftovers that usually come with hosting a big meal though. Sometimes I think that the casseroles and sandwiches you can make out of the leftovers rival the main holiday meal!



Eating all of that turkey can get boring after a bit, but if you can whip up a great sauce, then you can pump new life into holiday leftovers. I usually have lots of cranberries left over, and if you have a few staples on hand, you can make an awesome cranberry relish to top off a turkey melt sandwich.



The sauce adds an awesome zingy flare to turkey, and overall, this is a pretty healthy lunch option for the day after Thanksgiving.
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Cranberry Turkey Swiss Melt

INGREDIENTS:

  • Leftover Turkey (enough for 1 sandwich)
  • 1 Slice Swiss Cheese
  • Bun
  • 6 ounces cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbp brown sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place Swiss slice on the bottom half of bun. Warm in oven at 350 degrees until bun is toasty and cheese is melted.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, and brown sugar. Heat over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, until all orange juice is soaked up. Cranberries will pop during the cooking process, but that's okay. That's what they are supposed to do.
  3. While making the cranberry dressing, heat turkey in a 350 degree oven until warm.
  4. Place turkey on the Swiss cheese, top with cranberry dressing, and garnish with lettuce if desired. Eat!
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Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

25 comments:

  1. Now THAT is an excellent use of leftovers! We have a metric ton of turkey and all the trimmings after Thanksgiving, so I will definitely be making these.

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  2. This sandwich looks so yummy. I know what I am making with our leftovers this year!

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  3. lovely combo of red and grey in the photos! Hope the Mahoneys will have nice Thanksgiving tomorrow!

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  4. Leftovers sure won't be leftover that way. Happy Thanksgiving to all at your bay!

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  5. be lots of leftovers on friday

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  6. I totally love this twist. Leftovers are the tastier. I'll have to try this.

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  7. What a wonderful way to use leftovers! This is an idea that I'll probably have to put into play. Would be great for my lunches at the office.

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  8. Your blog is getting super fancy - I think I love the way you share your recipes. And, happy thanksgiving :)

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  9. I am always looking for ways to use up my Thanksgiving leftovers. This sandwich looks amazing. I will have to give it a try this year.

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  10. I know what my husband is doing with Thanksgiving leftovers now! I don't think he would have thought to put cranberries on his turkey sandwich.

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  11. What a creative use of thanksgiving leftovers! Thanks so much for the inspiration -hope you are having a great holiday!

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  12. That looks and sounds amazing. Our thanksgiving was back in October so I'm really sad to just see this now, but I will be using this after Christmas! - Jeanine

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  13. Thanks. I needed this. I was wondering what to do with all the leftovers today

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  14. Oh gods. This looks absolutely drool worthy. Sold!

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  15. Now that's a sandwich!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Theresa. Cheers.

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  16. Yes, that is exactly what I'm going to be eating today. It sounds so amazing!

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  17. We always have so many leftovers for Thanksgiving and never know what to do with them. I've got to check out this cranberry melt recipe. Yum!

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  18. This is a great idea! Delicious sandwich!

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  19. We didn't have many leftovers! However, I'm totally making this with that leftover turkey!

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  20. I fully support reusing leftovers to create new tasty foods that everyone can enjoy. Everyone gets bored with the Thanksgiving leftovers and I don't like wasting food so this is the perfect solution!

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  21. That is a great looking sandwich! Cranberries are my favorite. I love them so. :)

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  22. OH! I want to make one for lunch today!!

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  23. OMG this looks amazing. Not just a regular sandwich but into a melt delish!

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  24. This looks yummy! I know I'd love this dish! I've been adding frozen cranberries to smoothies.

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Thanks for your comments! I appreciate every one of them :)

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