Thanksgiving Turkey Panini

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5 from 12 votes
This leftover Turkey Panini is a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers that the whole family will love.  With layers of leftovers smooshed into a crispy sandwich, this sandwich has it all! 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

This leftover Turkey Panini is a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers that the whole family will love.  With layers of leftovers smooshed into a crispy sandwich, this sandwich has it all!

Leftover thanksgiving turkey panini on a plate with an orange napkin and extra gravy on the side

After Thanksgiving, when you have so much leftover turkey, you don’t want just a boring turkey sandwich, this is one of my favorite go to Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

This Thanksgiving Turkey Panini is a wonderful way to use all the leftovers in a hot turkey sandwich which everyone will love.

Why This Thanksgiving Panini Works

Everyone loves Thanksgiving Dinner but even the best cooks can be disheartened by what to do with all the leftovers. This is one of my family’s favorite turkey sandwich recipes, it will make even the most finicky eaters taste buds sing.

After all, what could be better then tender turkey encased into two toasty pieces of bread with gooey cheddar cheese! This makes for an amazing turkey panini everyone will love.

A close up  of Leftover thanksgiving turkey panini that has been dipped in gravy

How to Make The Thanksgiving Panini- Step by Step

  • First, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Next, apply mayo on the other side.
  • Then, place once slice of bread, butter side down, onto a panini press or hot skillet. Next, top with slices of leftover turkey.

Turkey panini assembled on a panini press

  • Follow with a spoonful (or two) of cranberry sauce on top of the turkey. Next, place a layer of stuffing on top of the cranberry sauce.
  •  Then top with cheddar cheese.
  • Finally, place remaining slice of bread, mayo side down, on top and grill until toasted on both sides.

How Long Can I Keep Leftover Cook Turkey

According to the Food and Drug Administration, refrigerated turkey leftovers are usually considered safe to eat within three to four days after initial cooking.

Remember to store everything properly within two hours of cooking in air tight containers. If out for more than two hours discard the turkey leftovers.

Leftover thanksgiving turkey panini on a plate with an orange napkin and extra gravy on the side

Recommendations for Making the Turkey Sandwich Recipes

You need a sturdy bread, nothing too light and airy. Focaccia, hard rolls, ciabatta or whole grain breads work well.

If you don’t have a Panini Press, you can use a large skillet, with another  heavy skillet on top or a brick wrapped in foil works well to create your Thanksgiving Panini.

Expert Tips for Making the Best Hot Turkey Sandwich

  • Use Leftover Gravy: Put a cup of leftover gravy on the side for dipping your hot turkey sandwich
  • Try a Different Cheese: I like to use Cheddar Cheese in this recipe but you can use any good melting cheese.
  • Add Ham: Try adding a few slices of ham to the sandwich to make a Monte Cristo type sandwich.

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Thanksgiving Panini

5 from 12 votes
This leftover Turkey Panini is a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers that the whole family will love.  With layers of leftovers smooshed into a crispy sandwich, this sandwich has it all! 
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Servings: 1 sandwich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 slices thick bread
  • Butter
  • Mayo
  • turkey
  • stuffing
  • cranberry sauce
  • Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Spread mayo on the other side.
  • Place once slice of bread, butter side down, onto a panini press or hot skillet.
  • Top with slices of leftover turkey.
  • Spread a spoonfull (or two) of cranberry sauce on top of the turkey.
  • Place a layer of stuffing on top of the cranberry sauce.
  • Top with cheddar cheese.
  • Place remaining slice of bread, mayo side down, on top.
  • Grill until toasted on both sides.
  • Use a sandwich press (or a plate and sauce pan) to press down on the sandwich while it's cooking.

Expert Tips

Use Leftover Gravy: Put a cup of leftover gravy on the side for dipping your hot turkey sandwich
Try a Different Cheese: I like to use Cheddar Cheese in this recipe but you can use any good melting cheese.
Add Ham: Try adding a few slices of ham to the sandwich to make a Monte Cristo type sandwich.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg

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6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Turkey Panini”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this really tasty Panini recipe! Super easy to make, will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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