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Want a sandwich that will make you say thanks? Put those Thanksgiving leftovers to work with this Turkey Cranberry Panini with Brie and Basil Mayo.
I may be going on a limb here, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, it’s not the big feast that I’m looking forward to – it’s the leftovers. I love the part about getting together, the tablescape, and the smell of turkey roasting in the oven. But honestly, it’s when you’ve had the best day with family and friends being thankful and then quietly, after hours (like after everyone has gone to bed), pulling out all your favorites dishes from Thanksgiving to create the best.sandwich.ever. that really makes that day complete.
If you’ve ever seen Spanglish where Adam Sandler plays a chef and comes home after the longest day and makes the most perfect fried egg sandwich? Well it’s that moment when he takes a big exhale that you know exactly what I mean. It makes me relaxed just thinking about it.
There’s just something about a sandwich.
You know exactly that moment when you bite into that perfect sandwich…ahhhh.
But you know what else there is?
A sandwich that is made with good bread that takes it from wow to WHOA. Even better is a bread for me that has 8 grams of whole grains per 2 slice serving and is high in fiber……and has 45 calories per slice (serving size 2 slices 90 calories) and 6 grams of net carbs per slice (12 net carbs per 2 slice serving). Yes – that means it is Keto-friendly! Plus, with no artificial flavors, 0g trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup and a cholesterol-free food, this bread hits all the checkmarks!
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Now we have the bread, it’s the other simple items you’ll find in your fridge after Thanksgiving that you need for what I call the perfect Thanksgiving sandwich:
- Turkey (there’s always turkey to eat after dinner!)
- Brie Cheese (leftover from that charcuterie board)
- Cranberry Sauce (someone wanted it on the table right?)
- Fresh Basil (leftover from the stuffing or dressing)
- Mayonnaise (staple!)
- And of course that Sara Lee ® Delightful™ White Made with Whole Grain Bread
Now the trick here is mayonnaise.
You could make the mayonnaise from scratch (which I highly suggest), or like me, when you’re enjoying this Turkey Day sandwich after hours, you want to make it quick and quiet (as possible.) So take the shortcut of making up the basil mayo by mixing mayonnaise with some basil leaves in the food processor. Then you slather that stuff on both sides of the bread! YES, both sides! So now you have flavor and you have the secret to making a golden, toasted sandwich. And if you happen to have some extra basil, add a few leaves to add some green to the sandwich, but this is just another option if you love basil as much as I do.
As for taking it to the next level as a panini, you don’t necessarily have to have a panini maker or panini press. You can just apply pressure to the bread with a wooden spatula while it cooks and think about all the things you’re thankful for. Then flip it over and repeat.
Turkey Cranberry Panini with Brie and Basil Mayo
2 slices, Sara Lee ® Delightful ™ White Made with Whole Grain Bread
Turkey, sliced (enough for your sandwich, either light or dark meat)
2-3 ounces Brie Cheese
Cranberry Sauce (1-2 tablespoons depending on your preference – I love it!)
¼ c. Fresh Basil, pureed
¼ c. Mayonnaise
First to create the Basil Mayonnaise, mix fresh basil and mayonnaise together until blended.
Then spread the mayonnaise mixture on both sides of the bread.
Next over medium heat, add both pieces of bread to the pan. Meanwhile on one side of the toast, add all the ingredients as you would starting with turkey, cheese, and cranberry sauce.
When both sides are golden, then add the top slice of bread to the other side to make it a sandwich. If you’re making a panini, this is when you will apply the press or use a wooden spatula to press the bread together. (It’s perfect when you see the cheese gets nice and melted.)
Now this is a sandwich to be thankful for!