The Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich: Use the Leftovers from Turkey Day for a Snack during Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving can seem even more hectic than Thanksgiving Day itself. After all, if one is going to hit the super sales at big market retailers, one has to get out of the house very early. The problem is, by mid-morning the hunger pains can suddenly hit with vengeance leaving people scrambling for the fridge in a mad dash to eat Thanksgiving leftovers.

Well, rather than piling a plate with turkey and turnip with reckless abandon, take the time to make a “Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich” that is derived from the leftovers. Not only will it cure those hunger pains, but the taste buds in one’s mouth will be dancing as well. Here is how to make the “Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich” using just the leftovers in the fridge.

The Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich

Things You’ll Need

  • Cranberry bread*
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Gravy

Assembling the “Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich”

  1. Slice two thick pieces of cranberry bread
  2. In the microwave, heat the stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, green beans and gravy so that are at least room temperature (meaning they don’t need to be piping hot.)
  3. Re-heat a small amount of gravy so that it is again in liquid form.
  4. Place a layer of mashed potatoes on one piece of cranberry bread.
  5. Follow with a layer of sliced turkey.
  6. Follow with a layer of stuffing.
  7. Add a layer of green beans on top of the stuffing.
  8. Drizzle the sandwich with a healthy amount of gravy.
  9. Place the second piece of cranberry bread on top and voila, the “Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich is ready for consumption.

*Try Different Breads

The Thanksgiving Day table can be filled with so many wonderful breads. This particular recipe looks to balance the sweet nature of delicious cranberry bread with the light flavor of turkey meat and the rich flavor of gravy. That said, feel free to experiment with other sweet breads such as a date nut bread. Also, the dinner roll makes an exceptional base to this wonderful sandwich.

Add a Little Cheese Please

Many Thanksgiving Day tables are filled with wonderful cheese platters as an appetizer. From blues, to bries, to cheddar and beyond, cheese can go well with almost any sandwich. If the sandwich maker desires a little cheese, skip the sweet breads and use French bread or a dinner roll as the base of the sandwich.

Be Creative with the “Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich”

There are so many wonderful vegetables that adorn the Thanksgiving Day table. From squashes to greens and everything in between, feel free to substitute acorn squash or turnip for the mashed potatoes or stuffing in the recipe above.

Don’t Forget the Meat Stuffing

For an incredibly indulgent twist on the sandwich, swap out the bread based stuffing with a meat based stuffing. Add in an extra layer of mashed potatoes to act as a binder in the sandwich. It’ll be like getting a bit of everything found on a Thanksgiving plate.

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