A great way to use up leftover holiday Turkey, this sandwich takes all the best parts of a turkey dinner and makes it into a convenient lunch!
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Turkey Club Sandwich
The holiday season would not be complete without a fridge full of leftovers. Almost just as much of a tradition is racking your brains for fun and creative ways to use up all those leftovers.
This turkey club sandwich is the perfect way to use them up while keeping the festive vibe alive for a few more days. Whether you’re heading back to work or taking a few extra days to recharge after all the fun, this sandwich will bring a little festive cheer to your lunches.
Why Whole Grain Bread Is Best For This Recipe
While you could use any sliced bread to make your club sandwich, whole-grain bread with texture will really bring your whole sandwich together.
Whole grain bread has a much more substantial feel than white bread, which helps bring the whole sandwich together and gives it more of a bite.
In contrast, white bread often disappears as soon as you bite into it and acts as more of a carrier for the fillings, which is not want you want with this sandwich.
Whole-grain bread that has pieces of seed and texture will also have a slightly nutty taste. This nuttiness adds further depth to the sandwich and gives it that real wintery comforting feeling.
Should You Make Your Own Mayonnaise For This Sandwich?
Homemade mayonnaise is one of those things that everyone thinks is really difficult until they make it for the first time. Once you have the method down, homemade mayonnaise does not have to add more than five minutes to the prep time of any dish and contributes so much in the way of flavor that the store-bought stuff could never do.
So, if you have a few minutes to spare and a few extra eggs in the fridge, it is definitely worth making your own mayonnaise for your club sandwich. You can also make enough mayonnaise for several days’ worth of sandwiches and store it in the fridge, ready to build your festive feast each day.
Once you have tried it, you won’t be able to go back.
What Makes This A Club Sandwich?
A club sandwich is a classic and one of those things you can reach for in almost any coffee shop, and you know exactly what you’re getting without reading through the ingredients. But what exactly makes a sandwich a club sandwich and not just a normal meat sandwich?
Exactly what qualifies as a club sandwich depends on where you are in the world. For example, for an English Club, the sandwich must contain chicken or turkey, bacon or ham, and then the standard lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise, whereas, in other parts of the world, the bacon or ham element is debated.
Another contentious issue is whether a club sandwich needs three slices of bread or only two.
Three slices are thought to be more traditional, but all this extra layer is really doing is adding calories that many people would prefer to skip.
Beyond these core ingredients, feel free to add extras, like the avocado in this recipe, while still being able to call it a club.
Do You Have To Add Avocado?
Avocado is a great addition to this sandwich and adds a real depth to the mouth feel of each bite. Annoyingly, avocados can be pretty expensive or impossible to find at certain times of the year unless you live in California.
This sandwich can mostly be made from leftovers and core fridge ingredients, making it relatively cheap, excluding avocado. So, don’t worry if you can’t find or don’t want to pay crazy prices for an avocado in winter. There are different ways that you can customize your club sandwich.
Cheese might not be traditional in a club sandwich, but neither is avocado. Cheese is a much cheaper option, plus everyone has cheese in their fridge, making it ideal for a sandwich that uses up leftovers.
Slices of cheese will work best in a sandwich as they don’t disturb the overall structure. Cheddar is always a good sandwich option, although most sliced cheeses will work.
Everyone has leftover stuffing in their fridge after a festive feast, so why not try adding it to your club sandwich? This is a great way to use stuffing that would otherwise go to waste. Plus, stuffing can be flattened into a layer so that the structural integrity of the sandwich is not disturbed.
- Cranberry Sauce
If you want this to be a festive sandwich made from leftovers, cranberry sauce is a must-have in your club sandwich. The cranberries add some fruity freshness to the sandwich that is lost if you don’t add the avocado.
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Turky Club Sandwich
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 2 slices Whole grain bread
- 2 slices cooked bacon
- 2 slices turkey meat
- 2 slices tomato
- 2 slices avocado
- 1-2 large pieces of lettuce
- 1-2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
- salt and pepper to taste
- Toast the bread.
- Spread mayo on both slices of the toasted bread.
- Top with 1 slice lettuce, add your leftover turkey, sliced tomato, avocado, bacon and remaining lettuce and close.
- Top with another slice of bread.
- Cut in half and hold together with large toothpicks.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.