I did it: I packed everything I love about Thanksgiving into the Ultimate Thanksgiving Sandwich. I am the perfect combination of happy and full, and have lost all motivation to go for the quick run I promised myself I would do today. Seriously though, this sandwich is magnificent.
Check out those layers. Toasty, buttered sourdough. A crisped mashed potato patty. Warm turkey. Cranberry sauce. Mayo. It’s like those two plates I had yesterday just crammed into one sandwich… i.e. totally guilt-free, because a Thanksgiving sandwich is just what you do the morning after.
There’s not really a recipe to post here – I formed some leftover mashed potatoes into a patty the same shape as my bread, dredged it in panko, and fried it in about a teaspoon of oil over medium heat until it crisped up on both sides. The key here was using cold potatoes, which held their shape much better than warm or room temperature ones. If you’re more of a stuffing/dressing person than a mashed potato person, slice off a piece of leftover stuffing/dressing and apply the same dredge and fry technique. If you love both stuffing/dressing and mashed potatoes equally, feel free to fry up a slab of each. And if you’ve got leftover latkes, by all means, please put them in this sandwich.
I buttered up one side of 2 slices of sourdough and placed them buttered-side-down in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, and let them sizzle away until they got golden brown and delicious. Then I threw my turkey into the same pan to heat through. While the turkey heated up, I spread a thin layer of mayo over the non-toasty side of each slice of bread, then followed with a heavy portion of cranberry sauce (just on one side). I plopped the potato patty on top of the cranberry sauce, and topped it with my warmed turkey. I followed with the second piece of bread and sliced it up into pieces that were a little easier to handle.
om nom nom nom.
You can make as many of these as you want, and maybe even try swapping back and forth between mashed potato and stuffing patties. And if you have leftover gravy, you should absolutely serve it as a dipping sauce with this beauty.
Not into this post-Thanksgiving application? Check out my notes below on how to Thanksgiving-ify some of my previous recipes.
Lighter Chicken Salad: Swap the chicken for turkey, the tarragon for thyme, the celery for red onion, and add 1-2 TBSP cranberry sauce.
Lighter Lasagna: Again, swap the chicken for turkey. If you want to keep this light, stop here. If not, layer turkey, mashed potatoes (or stuffing), and gravy between the noodles, and top with some cranberry sauce.