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Hot Turkey Sandwiches

Food | December 23, 2018 | Nik Manojlovich
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These HOT TURKEY SANDWICHES will turn your holiday leftovers into the most anticipated meal of the season.

This post proves that a simple process can culminate in some seriously delicious and beautifully presented results. Since the ingredients in this sandwich put leftovers to good use, we’ll forgo advising that you follow the recipe to a T and let you put your own spin on it.

However, we do suggest you watch the VIDEO to get a sense of the end goal, then use whatever on-hand ingredients you’d like. It’s a ‘choose your own adventure’ on how to make hot turkey sandwiches with gravy!

Here’s what we pulled together for our soon to be legendary HOT TURKEY SANDWICHES:

THE BREADHot Turkey Sandwiches

In a perfect world, you’d use homemade, freshly baked bread, but even we struggled to pull that off, and the likelihood of baking bread after a big holiday is slim. Instead, make sure to have a loaf of your favourite bread, be it white, whole wheat, rye or multigrain.

We suggest that you purchase the loaf uncut and slice by hand right before assembly. This keeps the texture of the bread soft, and also gives the sammies that handmade look we think is so appealing.



THE VEGETABLESHot Turkey Sandwiches

There are two things to consider when it comes to the vegetables, the first being that pretty much anything works. We’ve made these sandwiches in the past using leftover SKILLET BRUSSELS SPROUTS, LIME GINGER CARROTS and most recently, our OVEN ROASTED VEGETABLES. Chopping them up and sautéing them in butter with a bit of onion boosts the flavours too.

Our second point is to make the green peas day-of. Whether fresh or frozen, it simply requires heating them in melted butter before spooning over the gravy-topped sandwich. Remember, holidays are a great time to give peas a chance! I’ll show myself out…



THE POTATOESHot Turkey Sandwiches


Having a solid use for leftover mashed potatoes is great. Whether you use our GARLIC MASHED POTATOES or our MASHED SWEET POTATOES, all you need to do is gently warm them up on the stovetop for this gourmet turkey sandwich recipe.




THE TURKEY & GRAVYHot Turkey Sandwiches

Two great moments in sandwich making happen when turkey meets gravy. One key step to keep in mind is dividing your leftover gravy, one ladle per sandwich. This heated gravy will top the finished sandwiches right before you garnish with peas and serve.

The remaining gravy goes into a larger pot into which you add your sliced leftover turkey – do a combination of white and dark meat, please. Placing the turkey into this pot of gravy then warming it slowly gives it time to soak up the flavours and get nice and tender too!

Need help making these two key ingredients? Go HERE for our stellar DRY-BRINED ROASTED TURKEY and HERE for our creamy POULTRY GRAVY!



CRANBERRY SAUCEHot Turkey Sandwiches

It seemed natural to serve a dollop of our CRANBERRY SAUCE alongside these sandwiches, but it was only when we tested this hot turkey sandwich idea on family and friends that we truly understood how welcome it was. Every single recipe tester commented on how much they enjoyed seeing the cranberry sauce reappear on the table the next day. Yay!




There you have it, our leftover turkey dinner recipe that becomes something fabulously delicious and memorable.

HOT TURKEY SANDWICHES are a holiday menu game-changer!



Ingredients & Amounts

  • 8 slices of fresh bread
  • 8 cups of poultry gravy
  • 1 lb. of leftover turkey, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, divided
  • 2 cups of leftover vegetables, roughly chopped
  • ¼ white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • cranberry sauce


  1. Place 4 ladles of gravy into a small pot. Place the remaining gravy into a medium-sized pot, season with black pepper, add the turkey and stir. Heat both pots of gravy to a simmer on low heat.
  2. Heat a medium-sized skillet on stovetop set on medium-high heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add the onion, sautéing for a minute until it becomes soft. Add the vegetables and toss, stirring until warm. Reduce temperature and reserve until sandwiches are assembled.
  3. Place peas into a small pan. Add the remaining butter and heat peas on stovetop until hot.
  4. Place leftover mashed potatoes into a small pot on stovetop. Warm gently over low heat.
  5. Assemble the sandwiches: Place one slice of bread on each plate. Add a spoonful of warmed vegetables on top, followed by a dollop or two of the warmed mashed potatoes. Add slices of turkey on top, arranging them in an attractive fashion. Place the second piece of bread on top of each stack to form a sandwich. Add a ladle of hot gravy over the top of each followed by a generous spoonful of the warmed peas. Garnish with salt, pepper and parsley. Serve immediately with cranberry sauce on the side.

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Nik Manojlovich

Nik is the creator, host and brains behind Weekend at the Cottage. He loves sharing his wisdom and experience about the things that interest him most.



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