This Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese sandwich is a delightful way to savor Thanksgiving leftovers. Featuring a harmonious blend of succulent turkey, tangy cranberry sauce, and a duo of melted cheeses, all nestled between slices of your preferred bread, this scrumptious sandwich comes together swiftly for a quick and satisfying meal.
I’m thrilled to introduce this Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese recipe to you! It’s an incredibly tasty dish that’s perfect for repurposing Thanksgiving leftovers. Imagine tender turkey, tangy cranberry sauce, and gooey melted cheese coming together in one irresistible sandwich. It’s so delicious, you might find it even more enjoyable than your actual Thanksgiving dinner!
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To elevate the Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese, it’s recommended to grill it for an enhanced flavor. Charcoal grills are ideal for adding a smoky taste to these sandwiches, but a standard grill or grill pan works great too. If you don’t have leftover turkey, consider preparing a delicious Turkey Breast using an Air Fryer with this simple recipe.
Growing up, leftovers were a regular part of dinner at least three times a week. However, once I moved out, I decided to stop eating leftovers. I learned to cook just enough for one person and prepared fresh meals every night. My mom finds it odd, but this approach keeps me from getting bored with any particular dish. For instance, I love my Baked Homemade Mac and Cheese so much that I could eat it daily. When I do make it, I prepare a batch that’s just enough for a couple of days.
Living in Oklahoma, I usually spend Thanksgiving in town, often enjoying a peaceful day by myself. Whether I stay in or join friends, I inevitably end up with Thanksgiving leftovers, which seem almost mandatory. I don’t cook too much when I’m at home, but even my Roasted Cornish Game Hen recipe yields a few additional servings.
What I particularly enjoy about Thanksgiving leftovers is their adaptability, allowing for the creation of entirely new dishes. A favorite of mine for using up leftovers is making sandwiches, such as the Roasted Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese. Doesn’t this Roasted Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese appear delicious? Indeed, it’s somewhat of a treat. Perhaps quite a luxurious one. But grilled cheese is an occasional indulgence for me. Moreover, observe that gorgeous, oozing melted cheese. At times, indulging is simply a necessary concession.
Grilled Cheese with Roasted Turkey and Cranberry – Ingredients
Roasted Turkey: Preference for dark meat, but thinly sliced turkey breast is used to prevent further drying.
Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce.
Cheese Selection: A blend of Brie and Provel.
Bread Type: Options include Sourdough and Boule.
Softened Butter for spreading.
The Grilled Turkey and Cranberry Cheese Sandwich is a quick and delightful dish to prepare. Its exterior is beautifully golden brown and crunchy, thanks to the use of softened butter. I began using Roll Butter, which I found at an Amish Market six months ago, in all my cooking. Real butter, with its rich flavor, significantly surpasses any imitation butter, making it a worthy ingredient. Soft brie cheese, known for its gentle, mild taste, is a dense cheese that melts wonderfully. Around two years ago, I discovered Provel cheese, and it has been a staple in my kitchen ever since.
It’s readily available in most supermarkets; I even found it in the gourmet cheese section at Wal-Mart. However, I only purchase it when needed for a specific recipe, as I could easily consume an entire container astonishingly quickly.
This Roasted Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a delightful twist on a classic favorite, perfect for utilizing Thanksgiving leftovers or enjoying year-round with deli turkey meat. Its exceptional flavor comes from the unique combination of mustard, turkey, cranberry, and buttery toasted bread, making it an irresistible choice for any meal.
Here’s why this sandwich stands out for its adaptability:
– If turkey isn’t your preference or isn’t available, chicken is a great alternative. This small change modifies the name but not the deliciousness.
– Can’t find Provel cheese? No problem. Brie makes an excellent substitute. Other cheese options include Gruyere, Swiss, Provolone, Goat, or Cheddar, offering a variety of flavors to suit your taste.
– The recipe typically calls for sourdough or boule bread, but don’t hesitate to experiment with ciabatta, multigrain, wheat bread, or even an English muffin for a different texture and taste.
Overall, this Roasted Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a versatile, flavorful option for anyone looking to enjoy a twist on the traditional grilled cheese.
I must say, for a long time, cranberry sauce wasn’t my thing. My palate is quite sensitive to textures, and the jelly-like consistency combined with its sharp, tart flavor didn’t appeal to me. However, as time passed, I’ve grown to appreciate it more, though I still mainly indulge in it during holiday feasts. It shines exceptionally well in the Roasted Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese, where the sauce’s tartness beautifully offsets the richness of the cheese.
Here are some useful tips, tricks, and FAQs:
Feel free to use either homemade or canned cranberry sauce, based on your preference.
If the texture of whole cranberry sauce isn’t to your liking, the smoother, canned variety is a great alternative.
For a twist, try making this scrumptious sandwich in an Air Fryer!
To savor this sandwich year-round, consider freezing portions of cranberry sauce. This way, you can easily defrost and use them whenever the craving strikes.
How to Make Turkey Cranberry Grilled Cheese on a Grill:
Preheat your charcoal grill until it’s hot. During this time, prepare your sandwiches.
Gather your ingredients: leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, and cheese. Brie and havarti are great choices, but any mild cheese complements the turkey and cranberry flavors well.
Assemble your sandwiches.
Place the sandwiches on the grill. They cook quickly, so watch them closely!
For a slightly crispy texture, leave the sandwiches on the grill for a few extra seconds to achieve a light char.
How to Cook the Sandwich on a Stovetop:
Lightly grease a skillet and warm it over medium/low heat.
While the skillet heats, assemble your sandwiches. Butter the outside of each bread slice.
Place the sandwiches in the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, keeping the heat at a medium level to prevent burning.
Flip the sandwiches and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side, until they are nicely toasted.
- 4 slices of turkey breast (adjust quantity to fit the sandwich)
- 4 slices of cranberry sauce
- 2 slices of Havarti cheese
- ½ wheel of Brie cheese, sliced with the rind removed
- 4 thick slices of bread (such as sourdough)
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- Begin by laying out 2 slices of bread. Spread the sliced Brie cheese evenly over them. Then, add layers of turkey, cranberry sauce slices, and a slice of Havarti cheese on each sandwich. Finish by placing the remaining bread slices on top.
- Lightly brush the top slice of each sandwich with olive oil. Place the sandwiches on a grill, oiled side down. Then, brush the top of each sandwich with olive oil. Close the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes, ensuring the sandwiches don't burn. Carefully flip the sandwiches and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, keeping a close watch. Remove them from the grill once done.
- Allow the sandwiches to cool for a few minutes, then slice them in half and serve.