Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Glorious Leftover Turkey Panini

Leftover Turkey and Swiss Panini

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  • 1-1/2 cup Leftover Turkey, Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Leftover Cranberry Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons Fig Or Apricot Jam
  • 4 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 8 slices (thick) Swiss Cheese
  • 8 slices Sourdough Or Other Bread
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter

Preparation Instructions

Spread all bread slices on one side with fig spread and Dijon. Top four slices with turkey.
Mix together cranberry sauce and pecans and spread over the turkey.
Top with slices of Swiss cheese.
Top with other four slices of bread with the jam/Dijon side down.
Spread both sides generously with softened butter and toast in the panini press (or in a heavy skillet, pressing with a spatula as they cook.)
Slice in half and serve.
(borrowed from The Pioneer Woman)

I can't believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Well, let me back up: I can’t believe it’s November.
If you’ve already got your plan in place, here’s an absolutely scrumptious (and easy) way to use up your leftover turkey.

The Cast of Characters: Leftover turkey, leftover cranberry sauce, chopped pecans, fig or apricot jam, Dijon mustard, Swiss cheese, bread, and butter.

On all the slices of bread…

Spread a layer of jam…

Then squirt on a good amount of Dijon…

And spread that on, too.

Then pile on the leftover turkey…no matter how dry and pitiful it might look.

Take the pecans…

And throw them into the cranberry sauce.

Pile this mixture onto the turkey…

And spread it around to evenly cover the turkey.

Top this with two thick slices of Swiss.

Then top with the other slice of bread, slather both sides with butter…

And grill it in a panini press OR in a heavy skillet, pressing with a spatula as it cooks. (Or you can place a second heavy skillet on top of the sandwich to weight it down.)

Yum. I have high hopes for this one.