Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Leftovers from a holiday meal? Transform them into a unique Turkey Cranberry Sandwich, featuring leftover rolls, turkey, cranberry sauce and even some stuffing and gravy. Makes 1 sandwich, but can easily be doubled or tripled with enough leftovers.

Love Thanksgiving and Christmas leftovers? Check out Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry Tartlets, Turkey Biscuits and Gravy and Individual Turkey Pot Pies (Turkey Breast Leftover Recipe)!

A Turkey Cranberry Sandwich on a toasted bun sits on a white plate

We’ve traversed a few states in the last few days, visiting both our families, and I hope y’all have had as wonderful a holiday as we have. Something about this time of year and seeing family just makes my heart so happy. I can hardly believe that Christmas has come and gone, and we are already staring down the new year.

But before we reach the new year, I wanted to share a favorite holiday leftover recipe with y’all.

Why I love this recipe:

If your family is anything like mine, there’s a good chance you’ve holiday leftovers hanging out in your fridge. 

If you’re like me (and I sincerely hope you are in this case), you’re excited about them… because you can turn them into so many different things.

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy holiday leftovers because it’s easy and doesn’t require me spending a ton of time cooking.

And yes, while I know it looks a little different, I can assure you that it’s delicious!

Other ways to use holiday leftovers: Turkey Tortilla Soup | Orange Cranberry Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies | Baked Brie with Cranberry Chutney | Thanksgiving Tacos

Just need a good meal (that doesn’t necessarily involve leftovers)? Head on over to my Dinner Recipe Index for some inspiration!

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What you need to make this leftover sandwich

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This is a pretty straightforward, simple recipe to utilize your holiday leftovers!

How to make a Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

A note before we get started: We’re using Thanksgiving or holiday leftovers, but you can easily use turkey slices from the deli counter and canned cranberry sauce if you don’t have the fresh made kind at home.

To start, toast a roll in a toaster, toaster oven or oven. Slice it in half.

While the roll/bun toasts, reheat the turkey, stuffing and gravy in the microwave. In my opinion, this recipe is best when the other ingredients are warm.

On the bottom half of the sandwich roll, spread the cranberry sauce, then add warmed stuffing on top if it.

On top of the stuffing, add the turkey breast leftovers.

Pour turkey gravy on top, and close the sandwich. Feel free to push it down to consolidate the ingredients so they don’t fall out, then enjoy!

A toasted sandwich on a white plate with the text 'turkey cranberry sandwich'

Frequently Asked Questions

What substitutions can I make to this Turkey Cranberry Sandwich?

This recipe is more of a suggestion than something set in stone, so here are a few ideas of how you can change it up:

  • Use sliced deli turkey breast instead of leftover Thanksgiving turkey breast!
  • Skip the fresh cranberry stuff (if you don’t have it.) Use the canned kind for a little sweetness to this sandwich instead.
  • Leave off the stuffing and gravy if those aren’t your jam.
  • Toast up whatever kind of roll/bun/bread you’ve got to give this sandwich some crunch.

A Turkey Cranberry Sandwich on a toasted bun sits on a white plate
Yield: 1 sandwich

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Leftovers from a holiday meal? Transform them into a unique Turkey Cranberry Sandwich, featuring leftover rolls, turkey, cranberry sauce and even some stuffing and gravy.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Toast a leftover roll/bun, and cut it in half.
  2. While the roll/bun toasts, reheat the turkey, stuffing and gravy in the microwave. (I find this recipe is best when they're warm, as opposed to straight out of the fridge cold.)
  3. On the bottom half of the sandwich roll, spread the cranberry sauce with a knife.
  4. On top of the cranberry sauce, add the reheated stuffing.
  5. On top of the stuffing, place the turkey.
  6. Pour the gravy on top of the turkey, and close the sandwich, pushing down to consolidate all ingredients so they don't fall out of the sandwich when you pick it up.
  7. Enjoy warm!

Notes

A note on substitutions in this recipe:

This recipe is more of a suggestion than something set in stone, so here are a few ideas of how you can change it up:

  • Use sliced deli turkey breast instead of leftover Thanksgiving turkey breast!
  • Skip the fresh cranberry stuff (if you don't have it.) Use the canned kind for a little sweetness to this sandwich instead.
  • Leave off the stuffing and gravy if those aren't your jam.
  • Toast up whatever kind of roll/bun/bread you've got to give this sandwich some crunch.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1 sandwich

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 545mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 24g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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6 Comments

  1. I love left over sandwiches!! I just love sandwiches but I like using whatever you have on hand. This looks delicious!

    1. Thanks so much, Susan! I appreciate it. This is definitely one of my favorite leftover sandwiches! And I’d be interested in seeing the kinds you’ve made at your home, too!

  2. Leftover sandwiches and meals are my favourite. We’re having leftover turkey with some simple cherry tomato and olive pasta for lunch today. A little taste of festivities with some comforting carbs. haha… Happy New Year, Erin!

    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Jayne! And I agree: Leftover sandwiches and meals are pretty awesome. Your leftover turkey with the cherry tomatoes and olive pasta sounds delightful, too. 🙂

  3. By the way, Erin, I wanted to follow you via feed but when I pressed that button, it says “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.” Perhaps you’d like to have a look at it? I’ve checked the bottom box to be notified of new posts already so no problem for me. 🙂

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