“Thanksgiving holds for me my fondest culinary memories,” she says. “The smell of pumpkin pie spice reminds me of my mom every time I encounter it.”
However, Nikki’s memories of the day after Thanksgiving aren’t so pleasant: She dreaded the return of dry, bland leftover turkey sandwiches. Here, she punches up the traditional post-Thanksgiving sandwich with a healthy smear of cream cheese and dollops of tart cranberry sauce and orange marmalade. It's kid-friendly — and a great way to use that leftover turkey.
Nikki’s "Thanksgiving Sandwich"
2 slices ciabatta bread
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
3-4 slices leftover roast turkey
¼ cup stuffing
1 Butter one side of each slice of ciabatta bread.
2 Flip the bread over. Smear cream cheese on the unbuttered side of one slice of bread. Sprinkle chopped sage over the cream cheese.
3 On the unbuttered side of the other slice of bread, smear cranberry sauce and orange marmalade.
4 Pile turkey on the cream cheese side of the bread and add stuffing on top of turkey.
5 Place the cranberry/marmalade side of the bread on top of the turkey and stuffing.
6 Carefully place the sandwich on a panini press and cook according to press directions. Alternatively, place in a skillet over medium heat to toast, flipping when the sandwich is brown on one side (about two minutes). Cook until brown on the other side, then slice in half.
Note: all ingredient quantities are approximate. Feel free to adjust according to your likes — and how hungry you are!