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Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich—2 Ways

Some look forward to the Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich more than the meal itself. Here's how to make the classic next-day indulgence, two ways!

Nothing is more delicious than the “Thanksgiving Sandwich” — you know, that perfect assembly of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry made from all those delicious leftovers. In fact, some people look forward to the next-day Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich more than the Thanksgiving meal itself!

Granted, everyone has their own way of creating (and eating) these classic indulgences made from the leftovers, and no two are alike, but here are our favorite options; one served cold and one served warm.

Classic Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich


Leftover Thanksgiving turkey, sliced
Cranberry sauce
Salt and black pepper
Whole grain bread, crusty baguette, or leftover Thanksgiving dinner rolls


To make one sandwich, grab two slices of bread of your choice. On the bottom slice, spread a layer of mayo. Add the turkey slices and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the stuffing and lettuce. Spread cranberry sauce on the top slice of bread and assemble. Slice in half and enjoy!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Burrito


Leftover Thanksgiving turkey
Cranberry sauce
Mashed potatoes
Whole wheat or white flour tortillas

Tear off several small pieces of leftover turkey. In a frying pan, toss the turkey together with a few spoonfuls each of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy, and warm them up. Layer the mixture onto a flour tortilla, top with cranberry sauce, and roll it up into a burrito. Serve warm.

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Nora Kittle

Great recipes for leftovers!!

Mary Wilson

My mother made it was called Prosperity sandwiches. A side note she and my father both grew up during the Depression. Anyhow, she would make the prosperity sandwich the Friday after Thanksgiving.
She bought fancy bread just for the sandwich. I believe either a sourdough or French loaf from the bakery.
She would get a cookie sheet and cover it with the bread. Then she spread mustard on it. Then ham, turkey and cheese. (Sometimes Mom would also top the turkey with Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup and then place the regular cheese on top)
She would then put them in the oven and cook them until the cheese was all bubbly.

She didn’t put cranberry sauce on the sandwiches because we had a different type of cranberry sauce. We would grind a bag of cranberries and two oranges together through a grinder. Then she would pour some sugar on it. It was pretty tangy.


The sandwiches seem good, but useless to some. How about some gluten free choices?

Jimmy McGill

Sounds great can’t wait to try this.!

MEA Decker

The Thanksgiving meal is always delicious. But I agree it’s the leftover Thanksgiving sandwich that I look forward to every year. This year I bought a separate turkey breast specifically for sandwiches because there is never enough leftover turkey.

James Davis

Great burritos and I throw in some tabasco peppers finely chopped (no seed) Seeds will make ya open your mouth and become very conversational speaker of the house! hahaha

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