The Art of the Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
Thanksgiving leftovers provide an array of perfectly balanced, delectable dishes to choose from, but there is one dish to rule them all: The Thanksgiving Leftover sandwich. It is a sandwich that only comes once a year and while you could easily pile a mound of leftovers onto a piece of bread and call it a day, there is an art to the Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich.
- Cranberry Relish
- Cheese (go for a leftover cheese ball or a slice of swiss)
Bread is the key to an amazing sandwich. If you pick something stale or that doesn't match the essence of your sandwich, the whole thing will be a loss. Every bread has a time and a place. A leftover dinner roll from the feast is a good option, but if it's been a few days since your feast it is a better idea to pick up a new roll. Fresh baked bread makes everything better. First you are going to spread some butter on the sliced roll brown the inside of the bread a little on the stove. I used lard because who cares about being healthy at this point, anyway. Take the bread off the stove when it starts to turn golden brown. This is going to result in a heavenly texture of crisp outside that you bite through into a soft inside. While the bread is still hot, spread a layer of gravy on the bottom half and place cheese on the top half. Let them sit for a minute after so the bread can warm and soak up the two ingredients.
A sandwich is a work of architecture and needs to built in a way that keeps it from falling apart and gives you the full experience of the sandwich with every bite. The key components that will hold this sandwich together are the cheese, gravy, and cranberry relish. On top of the gravy, spread a layer of stuffing. The gravy serves to hold the stuffing in. You'll put a little more gravy on top of the stuffing to hold the turkey in place on top of that.
Now to make your way in from the top of the sandwich. You've already layered the cheese on the bread. It should have gotten a little gooey if you made sure to put the cheese on the bread while it was still hot. I used a leftover goat cheese ball that was covered in pecans. The pecans here gave a little pecan pie twist. On top of your ooey gooey cheese you're going to spread a layer of cranberry relish. Next, add the spinach. This isn't exactly a leftover, but I think it adds good variety to the sandwich and if it has something green it's practically a salad, right?
Finally, it is time to merge the two sides and bask in the glory of your sandwich. Put a little more gravy on top of the turkey. This will act as a glue to keep the spinach from sliding around on top of the turkey. You've done it! You've built a beautiful tower of turkey day leftovers.