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Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry

by Dana Bean, RD

This Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry combines some of the best flavors of Thanksgiving into a whole new dish! Crispy outter bread, sweet and tart cranberry sauce, tender turkey, and melted cheese, this sandwich is a 10/10!

Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry

Golden sandwich filled with melty cheese, crisp turkey, and tart cranberry sauce
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Course: dinner, lunch
Keyword: holiday


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2-3 slices thick sliced turkey
  • 2 slices bread of choice
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 1.5 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce See note 1


  • Heat a non-stick pan and add oil. Add turkey slices and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove turkey from pan. Assemble sandwich by adding swiss cheese and turkey to bread. Spread cranberry sauce on one side. Close sandwich and spread mayo on outter bread.
  • Turn heat to low/medium and add sandwich. Place lid on pan and cook for about 3 minutes until golden and flip. Cook 3 more minutes. Remove and enjoy!


  1. If you need a cranberry sauce recipe, use this one

Thanksgiving is over, but what to do with the leftovers? There are only so many times you can reheat the same Thanksgiving meal components without getting bored. This Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry uses up those leftovers while adding some new ingredients and making a new meal!

turkey sandwich with cranberry

Bread: The beauty here is that most bread works well. I just used a whole wheat one in the photos, but you could use any French bread, sourdough, etc… You could even put this sandwich in a leftover bread roll and skip the skillet.

Mayo: I know, I know, it sounds weird. But if you haven’t made a grilled sandwich with mayo spread on the outside you are missing out! You can totally use butter if that’s your preference. But the mayo spreads to much easier on the bread!

Turkey: Of course, the leftover turkey! This recipe has us warm the turkey on the skillet before using in the sandwich, but you can skip this step if you’re not feeling it.

Oil: The type of oil doesn’t matter too much here since we’re using it to quickly brown the turkey.

Cranberry Sauce: I’m not hating on Ocean Spray, but the jammy homemade cranberry sauce does work better in this recipe. If you’re using up canned though, try it out! If you need a cranberry sauce recipe, this one is delicious.

Cheese: I’m using Swiss which is absolutely tasty, but there are a variety that would work well here. You could also try provolone, white cheddar, or any other mild flavor cheese.

turkey sandwich with cranberry photo with cranberry sauce in the background
  • Your body needs regular meals and snacks after Thanksgiving too
  • Carbs are not the enemy (diet culture is!)
  • If you’re in a place where adding gentle nutrition feels good, adding some leftover vegetables like green beans to the side can make this meal even more satisfying!

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