A Quick and Easy Use of Leftovers – Open Face Turkey Sandwiches

23 Sep

It is getting into that turkey time of year. For most of the year, turkey is kind of expensive and not something I buy very often, unless it is ground turkey. Even just getting a turkey breast can be kind of pricey. The other problem I have is unless we are having people over for dinner, it just doesn’t make sense to buy a huge turkey for just the three of us. That being said, last week I had a hankering for some turkey and bought a 15 pound one. Needless to say, after I made it we had lots of leftovers. I was able to use the carcass to make some turkey stock, which will be used in soups this week. I also made some turkey salad for lunches for Michelle and myself. That still left us with leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. What better way to make use of them then to make some open face sandwiches for dinner the other night?

Open Face Turkey Sandwiches

1 1/2 pounds leftover turkey meat, sliced

1/2 cup leftover turkey gravy (add some water to it if necessary)

1/2 cup leftover turkey stuffing

4 slices bread

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix the turkey and the turkey gravy until the gravy is heated through and bubbling. Add more water or stock to thin out the gravy if necessary. Coat the turkey slices on all sides to make sure they are covered with gravy. Add in the stuffing and toss to coat and warm through, about 2 minutes. Toast the pieces of bread to your particular liking. Cover the toasted bread with the turkey, gravy and stuffing. Serve with a side of leftover mashed potatoes.

Okay, I know it’s not really much of a recipe, but it makes a great quick meal when you have lots of leftovers and just want something simple to use them with. You can also do the same thing here if you have any leftover chicken and gravy from a roasted chicken, or even with some meat dishes like a roast beef, pot roast or even a meatloaf with some gravy. If you would rather have a turkey panini, then I you can do that as’s just a good way to make use of what you already have around the house without wasting anything and it is something to keep in mind as we get closer to the holidays and will undoubtedly have leftovers to deal with.

That’s all I have for today. Just a quick post this morning before you get on with the rest of your day. I have lots of recipes planned for the coming days, including several that make use of the slow cooker as we are getting into that time of year again and a few new soup recipes as with Fall comes the season of soup around our house. I also have some good ideas for some Oktoberfest meals if you are looking to do something fun with that (you can start by trying the pretzel recipe I posted yesterday). Keep a look out for all of those in the coming days and weeks. Until next time, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!


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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Cooking, Dinner, Leftovers, Sandwiches, Turkey


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