Grilled turkey sandwiches again? Well of course, this time it’s for leftovers and includes pears. I think pears were even better than ever this year, and as I sliced one up for breakfast, I imagined them sliced up with turkey and grilled. Pears are a mellow fruit and maybe the addition of a smear of my homemade cranberry sauce might liven up a turkey pear sandwich?
I wasn’t really looking for a use for pears and leftover turkey, I wanted new ideas to use up the awesome cranberry sauce I had made. We consumed the first two batches fast, and the third was going to be used in as many new ways as I could find. Some might not even involve turkey!
For the sandwiches I used a rustic whole grain baguette that I’d brought home. Rustic bread often jumps into my cart when I cruise the grocery store. I can do so many things with it!
My P.S. had opened a package of cheese and used some of it, then put it in a zippered bag in the fridge. I’m guessing it was Havarti cheese. I like all cheese so I sliced it and used it on one half of the sandwiches.
Then I laid slices of ripe pear on the other halves of the sandwiches. I cored them and left the peelings on, they’re so thin you barely notice them. I hoped the pears would stick to the bread a little and not fly out of the sandwich when I had to flip it on the griddle. That was mostly true, although a piece did escape. Those pears can be so militant at times. They’re a rebel fruit.
My leftover turkey was sliced haphazardly; after the Thanksgiving meal I usually stand looking down at the carcass. As full as I am at that moment, I’d rather pay someone to strip that sucker down than to have to do it myself. But I’ve discovered if I put the turkey in front of me with two containers, one for white meat and one for dark meat and the limbs, the rest of the family must clean up the messy kitchen. It’s not as bad as it sounds because I wash the pans and things as I am done with them. But that turkey won’t strip itself.
So I dug through my containers and found pieces of turkey that fit together well onto the slices of bread and lay flat, for the most part. I laid them over the cheese I’d sliced.
I put the pieces of sandwich together and spread a layer of butter on top.
Using a spatula, I flipped the sandwich onto my preheated flat griddle and fried the first side over medium heat until it was browned.
I flipped the sandwich carefully and fried it on the second side until it was also nicely browned.
I removed the sandwiches and plated them, cutting them in half and served them for lunch. Yummy! I had my favorite meat, turkey, with those awesome ripe pears, tied together with the zingy cranberry sauce. It was an awesome trio of goodness. And very healthy if you don’t count the sourdough bread and the layers of butter I put on the slices. Heh
I’ve decided I need to get that Panini press I’ve been debating about. I’ve enjoyed so many grilled sandwiches lately but don’t enjoy the slippery bits I have to rescue from the grill. I’ve burnt fingers often enough that I am going to bite the bullet and find room for it in my very crowded kitchen. I want to have grilled sandwiches I don’t have to flip.
Turkey Pear Grilled Sandwiches with Cranberry sauce
4 slices of bread, your choice (I used a rustic whole grain bread)
Cheese; sliced, your choice (I used Havarti)
Roasted turkey; sliced
2 pears; cored and sliced (I left the skins on, you could remove them if desired)
Layer cheese, turkey, cranberries and pear slices onto half of the sandwich. Cover with second slice of bread then butter the top well.
Preheat nonstick griddle over medium heat, then place sandwiches butter side down on griddle. Fry until bottom side is nicely browned, then carefully flip and brown the second side.
Remove to plate, cut in half, and enjoy!