An easy turkey cranberry cream cheese sandwich with greens and red onion that’s the perfect way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
Happy Friday and T minus 6 days until Thanksgiving!
What do you have planned?! A big festive meal with family? A friend or neighborhood gathering? A quiet dinner in or out with just a few people? Do tell!
We will be with my parents doing our usual turkey trot to start the day, followed by all the cooking and chatting. And some Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. And later, maybe a bourbon cocktail. You know me and my bourbon 😉
Here we are to the end of leftover Thanksgiving turkey week. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as me! Here’s our run-down:
- Creamy turkey artichoke casserole
- 15-minute easy turkey noodle soup
- Today’s recipe: a delicious turkey cranberry cream cheese sandwich
I love, love, love some leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. Can’t get enough.
One year, we were visiting my in-laws and I was pregnant. Regular turkey sandwiches with deli turkey were a no-no, so I was excited to have some awesome leftovers for sandwiches to feast on.
Especially because my father-in-law makes a mean turkey at Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And sometimes just whenever we visit because he’s amazing and knows how much we love it. 💕
My mother-in-law also knows how much I love her white turkey chili. We eat it ALL year long, doesn’t matter the temperature. It’s so easy and so, so good.
So she made it for dinner while we were there and I gobbled it up. But she had to use the rest of the turkey and I was a little disappointed the next day because I wanted MORE, MORE, MORE sandwiches. (The next year we made sure to save some just for that purpose 😉)
And this year? I’ve been eating these on repeat and we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet. 😳
The turkey + cranberry sauce + cream cheese makes a seriously delicious combination. I keep making my 15-minute easy cranberry sauce and my slow cooker turkey breasts so I can keep making these sandwiches!
So you should definitely file this away as a MUST HAVE post-holiday. 👍
A few notes on this turkey cranberry cream cheese sandwich:
- You can use bakery bread or sandwich bread or use a roll, wrap, croissant, biscuit – whatever you like for the bread!
- I used a chive-and-onion flavored cream cheese, but any kind will do. My homemade veggie cream cheese would be delicious here as well.
- I used baby spring greens, but you could use spinach, arugula or your favorite lettuce.
- Pile up the turkey as high as you like!
- I like adding some salt and pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to mine. Gives it a little oomph. You do you.
- I wrote the recipe for two sandwiches, but you can obviously adjust the amounts and make just one or as many as you like.
You could also make these on slider buns and have them as little snackable bites for watching football all weekend. (Or the new special release episodes of Gilmore Girls, which is what I’ll be glued to the TV for.) Who wouldn’t want to gobble these up?!
Hoping you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! (And don’t worry, I’m here next week bring you some more yummy recipes, they just won’t involve leftover Thanksgiving turkey. That’s a little sad, isn’t it?)
Leftover Thanksgiving turkey cranberry cream cheese sandwich
Leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches with cream cheese, cranberry sauce, greens and red onion - delicious!
- 4 slices whole wheat bread
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
- 1/4 cup greens
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 4-6 slices cooked turkey
Spread 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on two pieces of bread for the bottom of the sandwich.
Top with greens, red onion and turkey.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper or drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if desired, and top each sandwich with 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce and other slice of bread.
Serve and enjoy!
You can use bakery bread or sandwich bread or substitute a roll or wrap. You can also make these as sliders for an appetizer or game day eats.
I like to use a chive-and-onion flavored cream cheese (it's reduced fat), but any kind will do.
I use a bag of baby spring greens, but you could use spinach, arugula or your favorite lettuce.
Pile up as much turkey as you like!