This is the perfect way to use Thanksgiving leftovers! I look forward to this sandwich just as much as the Thanksgiving dinner itself. Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are nestled between 2 slices of bread topped with cheese, and the ginormous sandwich is then pressed into a crispy, hearty, amazingly delicious panini. And to think…it all started with leftovers!
*This recipe makes one sandwich…You can repeat the process for as many sandwiches as you need. 🙂
2 slices of good quality bread (a nice, hearty bread that can hold up to all the fillings)
1 tbsp. butter
2 slices cheddar cheese (I use 4 when the bread slices are on the larger side…use your judgment)
About ½ cup stuffing
A few slices of cooked turkey
About ¼ cup cranberry sauce
Gravy for dipping (optional)
1. Spread both slices of bread with butter. Flip them over and place one (or two) slices of cheese on each of the non-buttered sides.
2. Warm the stuffing and turkey (I usually stick them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds).
3. Spread the stuffing over one slice, then spread cranberry sauce over the stuffing, then top it with the turkey. Place the other piece of bread on top, cheese side down.
4. Carefully place the sandwich on a preheated panini press. Cook until the bread gets crispy and brown and the cheese is melted (keep your eye on it…it should only take a few minutes). You can also use a skillet if you do not have a panini press, just be sure to flip the sandwich halfway through.
5. If you have some leftover gravy, you can use it for dipping. But this sandwich is also completely delicious on its own!