Turkey Cuban Panini Recipe

Nov 25, 2011 2:31 pm

Turkey is the star of this great grilled sandwich

This recipe for re-purposing Thanksgiving leftovers feeds four people, but you might want to double everything. A play on the traditional Thanksgiving sandwich, this panini's contents are nice and hot, covered in melted cheese and spiked with the perfect acidity of dill pickles — two additions we're pretty sure nobody saw on their Turkey Day spread. We like it. 

Don't fret if you don't have enough of everything to follow the recipe exactly — remember the spirit of Thanksgiving: just eat it. 

thanksgiving turkey panini
Photo: mary_thompson on Flickr
Spice up your Thanksgiving leftover sandwich by crisping it up, panini-style.
Servings: 4


1/4 cup mayonnaise, (plus more for grilling sandwich)
1 tablespoon brown mustard
1 cup cranberry sauce
Salt and pepper
8 slices sourdough or other sturdy bread
8 slices Swiss cheese
8 thin slices deli ham
2 lbs leftover turkey meat, sliced
4 dill pickles, sliced lengthwise
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, brown mustard and cranberry sauce. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Open 2 slices of sourdough bread and spread the cranberry mayonnaise mixture on the inside of both pieces of bread. 
  3. On one of the slices, in the following order, layer 1 slice of swiss cheese, 2 slices of deli ham, 2 slices of leftover turkey meat, 1 slice of dill pickle and 1 slice of swiss cheese. Close the sandwich with the other piece of sourdough bread.
  4. Dress the outside of sandwich (both top and bottom) with mayonnaise.
  5. On a medium high griddle, toast the sandwich on both sides until it is hot and the cheese is melted. 
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes
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