Thanksgiving Leftover Paninis

Imagine all the best flavors of Thanksgiving stuffed between two pieces of crunchy, buttery Sourdough bread with ooey, gooey Swiss cheese and the tang of mustard?

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Truth be told, every single November, I anticipate this leftovers sandwich more than Thanksgiving dinner itself. In fact, I ensure I will have plenty of food once the holiday is over specifically so I can make this sandwich.

The beauty of this sandwich is that you don’t even need specific measurements. It’s based loosely on a recipe from Pioneer Woman, but these sandwiches are easily customizable based on preference.


  • Sourdough bread. If you can get real sourdough, don’t hesitate!
  • Leftover turkey, white or dark meat doesn’t matter
  • Leftover turkey gravy
  • Leftover dressing/stuffing
  • Sliced cheese (we prefer Swiss or Havarti)
  • Mustard (we prefer yellow or Dijon)
  • OPTIONAL: Leftover cranberry sauce
  • Butter

To assemble your paninis

  • Butter one side of both pieces of sourdough
  • Spread mustard on the un-buttered side of one piece of sourdough
  • Lay sliced cheese over the mustard
  • Place leftover turkey pieces on the cheese
  • Smother the turkey in gravy
  • Spoon dressing/stuffing on top of the gravy
  • If using cranberry sauce, spoon that on top of the dressing/stuffing
  • On the second piece of sourdough, spread mustard on the un-buttered side
  • Lay sliced cheese over the mustard
  • Invert the bread and cheese over the rest of the assembled sandwich, so that the buttered sides are face out
  • Grill the sandwich in a skillet over medium heat or in a panini press until the cheese has melted and the bread has turned golden
  • Serve immediately and ENJOY!

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