• The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Grilled Cheese

    by  • November 21, 2012 • Food & Recipes • 12 Comments

    Hey guys… do you remember that time I made a sweet and spicy grilled cheese sandwich and you all went completely nuts? Like… pinning it 60 thousand times, talking about it in your sleep, making sexual comments about the oozing cheese, etc.?

    Well… I remember. It was pretty great. And it opened my eyes to two very important realizations:

    1. I think it’s finally time to add “sandwich photography” onto my resume. This is a big step.
    2. You guys fucking love cheese. And so do I. Which I think makes us all friends.

    So, friends, I have a gift for you. Consider it an early Thanksgiving present that you’re definitely going to love. It’s called a sandwich. You make it with leftover turkey and leftover cranberry sauce and a shitload of cheese. Because the only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving dinner covered in cheese. 

    It has a lot of the same qualities as my other grilled cheese sandwich, which makes it completely awesome and delicious. The tart-sweet cranberry sauce is a match made in heaven with a few slices of spicy pepperjack. It’s a flavor combination you’ll want to come back to every year. Trust me.

    I do have one request regarding this sandwich. It’s very important to me.

    Never use canned cranberry sauce.

    Seriously. That totally ruins it. Homemade cranberry sauce is SO EASY and delicious, there is absolutely no excuse for not having it at your holiday table. I make a cranberry sauce very similar to the one Julie posted over at Table for Two Blog, so if you don’t have a recipe, use that one. Put down the can, and pick up the fresh cranberries, friends. You can do it. I believe in you.

    Oh… and Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Grilled Cheese


    • 2 very large slices of bread (whatever you have will work. I used challah.)
    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 1 large slice leftover turkey
    • 2 oz pepperjack cheese
    • 2 oz provolone cheese
    • 2 Tbsp homemade cranberry sauce (NOT STORE BOUGHT.)


    Butter one side of each slice of bread using 1 Tbsp of the butter. Place provolone on top, then pepperjack, then homemade cranberry sauce. Place turkey and other slice of bread on top, butter side out (if you like the turkey to be hot, heat it a little before putting it on the sandwich). Melt remaining butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Place sandwich on the skillet and let it cook slowly until golden-brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip onto other side and continue to cook until both sides are browned. Slice in half and enjoy!

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    12 Responses to The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Grilled Cheese

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    2. November 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      This is all I wanted last night for a snack, but I can’t stomach wheat without getting sick. But I still would have eaten it. It looks AWESOME.

    3. Allison
      November 29, 2012 at 7:33 am

      HI Ring Finger Tan Line, I saw your blog on Pinterest when I noticed you had re-pinned from Baker Bettie. I loved the name of your blog so I had to take a look. This is undoubtedly the best idea for Thanksgiving left-overs I have seen. Even though it is after Thanksgiving I am bookmarking your site and hope to spend more time reading and looking at your amazing photos. Happy Holidays to you.

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    10. Jennifer Howe
      November 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      You, my friend, are hilarious! And, I made almost the exact word-for-word statement to my husband tonight re: cranberry sauce!! Thank you much for the sammie recipe! :)

    11. Chris
      December 2, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Simply amazing. Currently out of cranberry sauce, but I can whip up some more this week. I’ll be making this recipe very soon. Keep em coming. (P.S. – found it on pintrest)

    12. Jay Gardner
      April 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      oh I am so going to use this. A few years ago I discovered how easy homemade cranberry sauce is to make and I have never bought a can since. The one difference I will make to your recipe is that I will use my panini press. Thanks and God Bless.

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