Make the most of your leftover turkey this Christmas by making an epic turkey sandwich. Follow all our tips on what to put in a turkey sandwich and what to serve it with and make sure that nothing goes to waste. Turkey, bacon, cranberry sauce, cheese and tomatoes all layered together for the BEST leftover turkey sandwich.

A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.

One: Cook the bacon to your desired crispiness.

Two: Build your sandwich but buttering the bread (optional). Spread over the mayonnaise, add a slice of turkey and half the cranberry sauce.

Three: Add the lettuce, second slice of bread, cheese and bacon.

Four: Add more cranberry sauce, more turkey, and the slices of tomato. Finish off with the final slice of bread.

The turkey is the star of this sandwich, so you need to make sure it’s really special. I mean, you could buy ready cooked slices from the deli if you are wanting to save time, but the beauty of this sandwich is that it makes use of leftovers from a Sunday roast or Christmas dinner.

The great thing about a sandwich like this is how easy it is to adapt. Ours is perhaps a bit random, but it was born out of whatever we had left in the fridge. That’s the best thing about a leftovers sandwich.

When it comes to greens, anything goes. Add some crunch with iceberg, or give this sandwich an iron boost with some spinach. Rocket lettuce adds a nice peppery flavour too.

What is a sandwich without cheese? We added a smoked cheese, but leftover Brie or Stilton would be amazing on this. Seeing as this is a leftovers sandwich, why not use it as an opportunity to use leftovers from the Christmas cheeseboard?

You could then add slices of gherkins (pickles) and some sun-dried tomatoes for a burst of flavour. You could add roasted tomatoes or olives, caramelised onions and artichokes. It really is a great way to use up leftovers from the Christmas buffet.

This is a pretty epic sandwich as it is, so there really isn’t much that you need to serve it with other than some leftover Christmas chocolates. However, if you wanted to make it into even more of a filling meal, then why not try one of these:

You can store all the individual parts of the sandwich separately, but the sandwich itself should be made from fresh. The leftover roast turkey will keep in an air tight container for up to 5 days. Try to use really fresh bread, as you don’t want the whole sandwich falling apart as you try to bite in to it. 

If you use a gluten free bread and make sure there is no cross contamination, then this can be a gluten free sandwich.

If you really like peppery flavours, then add some slices of radish to this sandwich.
Sliced pickled beetroot is also a great addition to this sandwich.
If you want to keep it simple when it comes to the sauce, then you can just add mayo. Or maybe something a little more special like truffle mayo.
A thin layer of gravy on the bread also really works well as a sauce. Kind of like in that episode of Friends with Ross’ sandwich.
Slices of avocado add a nice layer of creaminess and a boost of healthy fats.


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