Sunday, February 2, 2014

#7 Turkey Sandwiches - 7x7 Christmas Turkey Redux

It’s time to bring 7X7 Christmas Turkey Redux to a close and we do it with the simplest and probably the most satisfying of turkey leftover meals.  In an effort to keep the spirit of the holidays alive for as long as we could, we used our imagination to see how we could live up to the spirit of nose to tail, okay beak to tail, cooking to make full use of the wonderful bird we roasted for the holidays. 

Well, it took us longer than seven days to make all of these dishes and we had to buy an extra turkey but we’ve come up with some great meals.  We started with Turkey Soup and then moved to Turkey Tacos.  We paid homage to Turkey Tetrazzini and Turkey Scramble.  We found new interpretations for Roast Turkey Dinner, Turkey Pot Pie and we now end the series with a few  turkey sandwiches. 

Yes it’s time to talk about turkey sandwiches.  It’s the meal that needs no recipe.  It’s the meal that’s defined by imagination and by what’s on-hand in the refrigerator. 

There are so many ways to enjoy a good leftover turkey sandwich --- open face with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and gravy sitting on top of white bread.  Adding dressing or  cranberry relish can be controversial, akin to the many opinions about roasting the bird with or without dressing.  

When it comes to leftover turkey sandwiches, I think the balance of sweet, salt, and fat is actually more important than the individual ingredients.  The bread is pretty important too.  It’s got to absorb plenty of gravy and mayo without falling apart.  It’s also got to hold together the turkey, stuffing, cranberry relish, and whatever else you decide to put on your sandwich. 

The first leftover turkey sandwich we made included crumbled blue cheese, mayonnaise, spinach leaves, salt and pepper.  This sandwich looks good and tastes great.  It’s hard to tire of the combination tender turkey, cranberry relish and tangy blue cheese.

The second sandwich was the deli classic.  Good bread, tender roast turkey, cranberry relish, salt, pepper, and lots and lots of cranberry relish.  Enjoy!

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