leftover turkey day sandwich 

turkey day is coming & we all know there are going to be tons of leftovers.  turkey sandwiches are a favorite.  i had always gone with the turkey, avocado & bacon panini until now.  this sandwich is my take on a recipe i found & it got rage reviews.  so here i am, a few days before thanksgiving with a recipe that will get you looking forward to the day after.  it’s the perfect combination of creamy, smoky, tangy & pure happiness.

makes 4 big sandwiches

4 rolls of your choice, make sure they can stand up to the pile of ingredients
1 pound of leftover turkey, shredded
1/2 large white or sweet onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped – plus 1 clove just peeled & sliced in half
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chicken stock (if you have this left over from thanksgiving, just use water)
1 stick of butter
1 sprig rosemary (if you don’t have this, don’t worry about it, but it does step up the turkey game)
1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cranberry sauce (jelly if you want it to be a little sweet, whole cranberry sauce if you want tangy, which is my choice)
1 teaspoon orange zest
8-12 slices of bacon (depending on your love for bacon), cooked
4-6 slices sharp cheddar (not too aged because it won’t melt.  also if you have an alpine style cheese left over from your cheese plate, just use that)
salt & pepper

for cranberry mayo

. in food processor combine mayo, zest & sauce (don’t over process, it’s nice to get the bits of cranberry in it)
. salt/pepper to taste

for turkey mix

. on a pan over medium heat, melt 3/4 stick of butter
. add onions & chopped garlic
. cook until translucent then add turkey, wine, chicken stock & rosemary sprig
. cook until the liquid has almost gone away (we don’t want it too dry or too runny), discard rosemary & salt/pepper to taste

to assemble
this is the tricky part because you want your rolls toasty & potatoes/ turkey hot.  so, make the mayo first & set aside.  then start to work on other things, get your turkey started, it takes a little while.  prep your rolls & heat your mashed potatoes.  when your turkey is done, pop your rolls under the broiler.
. heat your oven to broiler
.  slice rolls in half & place them on baking sheet
. top each roll with remaining butter (add a bit more if you’d like)
. pop the rolls in the oven until toasted, remove & rub all rolls with garlic clove
. remove bottom of rolls from cooking sheet, place cheese on the top portions of rolls with cheese & put back in oven until cheese is melted
. spread cranberry mayo on top halves of rolls

REAL assembly
. cheesy bottom half of roll topped then potatoes, then turkey then bacon & top with  other half of roll  (and give it a little bit of a press to keep it together)

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