Turkey Cuban Panini Recipe

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.

Turkey Cuban Panini Recipe
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  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 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
  • 4 dill pickles
  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.
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