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The holidays are over, but the fridge is full of leftovers. These warm Leftover Cranberry Turkey Sliders are the perfect way to use up tons of holiday turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing.
If your family is anything like mine, then there is always an abundance of leftover food from holiday celebrations. Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, there is always a giant turkey. We always have good intentions about eating everything, but there is always so much leftover.
My family also isn’t a huge fan of leftovers. Sure, they’ll eat them if I force it, but I’d rather get creative and find new ways to repurpose what we have in the fridge without eating straight up leftovers the way it was originally served.
I was staring a huge pile of leftovers and came up with this idea. Everyone loved my Hot Pastrami Sliders, so I decided to throw together all my leftovers into one giant, glorious sandwich!
How to Make Leftover Turkey Sandwiches
I have been making these Leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and stuffing for years. It’s always a family favorite the days after Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I just use a regular 9×13 baking dish and I can fit 12 sliced rolls in this pan. Place the bottom of the rolls in a pan that has been lightly sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
Spread in as much or as little leftover stuffing/dressing as you’d like. Then top with chopped/shredded leftover turkey. I typically 1-2 cups of each and just evenly spread it over all the rolls.
Finish off these cranberry turkey sliders with a spread of cranberry sauce. No matter what kind of cranberry sauce you have, it will work. Whole berry, homemade, canned…it doesn’t matter, just spread it on.
Another option if you don’t have a lot of leftover cranberry sauce is to mix equal parts cranberry sauce and mayo to create a creamy topping. Adding in a chopped jalapeno is a fun option too (my personal favorite).
Lastly, melt a stick of butter with some seasonings and plenty of garlic and brush it on the top of the rolls. It really takes these turkey sandwiches over the top.
The Best Bread for Leftover Turkey Sandwiches
The best bread for leftover turkey sandwiches is whatever you have on hand. Truly any dinner roll is perfect, so these sandwiches also use up leftover holiday rolls.
When I buy bread specifically for these sandwiches, I pick up something hearty like a whole grain roll because I feel like they hold up to the weight of the sandwich.
Best Leftover Turkey Recipes
What are your favorite ways to use leftover turkey? These are some of my best leftover turkey recipes:
All I can say about these sliders is….YUM! And it makes me happy that I was able to use up my cranberry sauce, rolls, dressing, and some turkey from Christmas dinner.
- 12 rolls, sliced
- 1/2 cups leftover turkey, sliced and shredded
- 1 -2 cups leftover dressing/stuffing
- 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce
- 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or any combination or oregano, thyme, rosemary)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non stick cooking spray and preheat oven to 350F.
Place the bottom of each roll in the pan (cut side up). Top with a layer of stuffing/dressing and then a layer of chopped or shredded turkey.
Spread cranberry sauce on the cut side of the top portion of each roll and place cut side down on the turkey.
Melt butter in the microwave using 20 second bursts until completely melted. Stir in garlic, herbs, and salt. Brush butter mixture on the top of each roll.
Place in 350F preheated oven for 20 minutes or until everything is warmed through.
Options: Another option if you don't have a lot of leftover cranberry sauce is to mix equal parts cranberry sauce and mayo to create a creamy topping. Adding in a chopped jalapeno is a fun option too (my personal favorite).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 368 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 36mg Sodium: 674mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g
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