Open faced turkey sandwich melt with a thick piece of toasted bread, sweet cranberry sauce, smokey bacon, savory turkey stuffing, and juicy left over turkey all under a thick slice of gooey melted cheese and smothered in turkey gravy. It’s like a turkey dinner in every bite!
After turkey dinner is done and you have 10 lbs of turkey left over, our favorite thing to do with it is to make turkey sandwiches. I think that’s pretty typical of most families, but there is nothing typical about this open faced turkey sandwich melt….
It starts off with a thick piece of bread spread with a good layer of cranberry sauce. The next layer is salty and smokey thick bacon, then Debbie’s amazing savory turkey stuffing, followed by juicy left over turkey. Top all of that off with a nice thick layer of cheese. I prefer gruyere of course (my favorite), or monterey jack. (I made both this time. gruyere for me, and monterey jack for Kevin.) Both melt really nicely, but you could use whatever cheese you like. Brie, fontina, camembert… Then this sandwich gets baked, open faced, until the cheese is all melted and bubbling. Oh ya!
Then, as if that wasnt good enough, drizzle the open faced turkey sandwich melt with delicious gravy and if your like me, some more cranberry sauce on top!
Its honestly insane how good this is! I hope you have some turkey left to try it. If you don’t, you might just want to make another. Just saying…
Our families turkey dinners usually end in everyone holding their bellies and crying about how much their tummies hurt. But after a couple martinis and a card game or two, someone usually gets up and makes themselves a turkey sandwich. Thanks to our ability to refrain a little at dinner, Debbie and I are usually the first ones. When this happens, anyone who’s stomach isn’t still in pain, usually gets up for one too. They just look too good to resist!
Debbie loves turkey sandwiches. She always cooks a massive turkey just so that she can have enough left overs to have sandwiches all week. She told me that once, she had turkey sandwiches for Christmas dinner one year lol. That’s how much she loves them!
I suppose this isn’t technically a sandwich, but it has all the components, minus one piece of bread… You could put that second piece of bread on top if you like too. We just prefer to eat less bread. Less bread = less carbs and also more of the good stuff. The good stuff being turkey, cranberry and cheese!
If you aren’t able to think about eating a turkey sandwich for at least 12 hours after dinner, I understand lol! But I’m sure that 10 lbs of turkey will make you many a open faced turkey sandwich in the days to come.
Open Faced Turkey Sandwich Melt
- 1 piece thick cut bread (any kind) - Use gluten free bread to make this gluten free as well!
- 1 tbsp mayo (optional)
- 2 -3 tbsp cranberry sauce
- 1/2 cup turkey or enough to cover the bread
- 2 - 3 tbsp turkey stuffing
- 1-2 thick slices cheese (gruyere, monterey jack, fontina, brie)
- 4 tbsp turkey gravy
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Place a piece of bread on a parchment lined tray. Cover the bread with cranberry sauce first, then turkey, then dressing, and then the cheese on top.
- Bake the open faced sandwich for about 7 - 8 mins or however long it takes for the cheese to melt and get all bubbly and brown.
Meanwhile, heat up the gravy if it needs it. Pull the sandwich out of the oven and pour the gravy on top.
- Eat with a knife and fork!