Your Thanksgiving Dinner at a whole new level. Smoked Turkey, Mashed Potato, Cranberry Stuffing topped with Orange-Cranberry Relish on Whole Wheat and a side of Turkey Gravy for dipping.
Let’s face it…Thanksgiving is a day for gorging. A day in which you become more stuffed then the turkey that gave his/her life to feed you.
Holidays can be very traditional. At least for my family. Mom puts on a spread to feed the army. Turkey, Ham, Green Beans, Mashed Potato, Yams, Rolls (from scratch), Jello-Salad, Green Salad and Stuffing. I am sure I am forgetting something as there is always more food than will fit on your plate. Well let me make a correction, it’s usually two turkeys, one smoked or bbq’s and one oven cooked.
As if that isn’t enough to give you a heart-attack the grazing actually starts with appetizers around noon. I know right?! We would appear glutenous. However mom ensures there are plenty of left overs for anyone who wants to take them home. She also invites neighbors and friends who might not have somewhere to go. In addition mommy will take dinners to the elderly around the neighborhood who are typically alone or might be considered “shut-in” so to speak.
She has a heart of gold and is more than generous. However I can’t say that I have inherited my mother’s traits…in cooking for an army that is. Actually I haven’t inherited the “feed the army” trait. I am all about simplicity. A couple of items and I am good to go.
I was reared with always going to grandma’s house for all the holidays. A tradition my mother has fought in attempt to keep alive. However since I have been married to Chef Husband and we have started a family of our own, we try to create some of our own traditions. It’s an adjustment for sure but we manage to make it work. Don’t worry no one is storming out with a door slamming behind them.
Since I haven’t been huge on the whole turkey dinner since the tail end of high school I could take it or leave it. However the art of a good turkey sandwich now that’s something to talk about. So as of last year we, being Chef Husband and our two little angles, have opted to stay home for Thanksgiving.
To allow the holiday to be enjoyed to the fullest extent possible, Chef Husband smokes the turkey a day early so it’s ready to go the next day. Along with the cranberry stuffing. By the way, if you haven’t thought of tossing some cranberry into your stuffing, you should give it a try as it adds another dimension to regular stuffing. Chef Husband also prepare the orange-cranberry relish in advance. He does however wait to cook the mash potato the day of.
Thanksgiving day is a day to relax and enjoy the family. So with all the pre-cooking completed its heat and serve or just eat it cold. Whatever tickles your fancy.
Of course as most human nature, our eyes are always bigger than our stomach and we have plenty of left overs from the Thanksgiving Day celebrations. I don’t know about you, but I am not a huge fan of left overs. Neither is Chef Husband for that matter. There might be a few items that we don’t mind but for the most part we try to avoid them.
One thing we don’t get tired of is a good sandwich. As mentioned in previous post, a good sandwich is hard to come by. So when all else fails – create your own.
Up front let me just say that I am not a fan of mixing the individual items of my meal with each other. They all have their place and I have a bit of a pet peeve of items running into each other. Such as if the vegetable juices, or run off water from them, starts to trail into my meat or potato…Grrrr…a BIG NO NO! So I will (quickly) mop up the run off with a paper towel or napkin before they can run together.
However this sandwich throws out all my little idiosyncrasies when it comes to food. This sandwich is the mother-load of sandwiches. Don’t bother counting the carbs as you will blow you calorie count for the day, in most likely just half of this sandwich on it’s own. But you will be full…for a very long time. So no need to plan another meal for the day.
Hit the fridge for the following:
- Wheat Bread
- Smoked Turkey
- Cranberry Stuffing
- Mashed Potato
- Orange-Cranberry Relish (recipe below)
- Turkey Gravy (re-heated)
Note if your items have been previously well seasoned from the start, salt and pepper will not be needed. If not, be sure to have some on hand. However since we believe in seasoning in our house we don’t usually have to worry about adding any more on the tail end. Except maybe Chef Husband who loves adding more freshly cracked pepper.
Now you can just throw these items on the sandwich and take a bite. However I have found that by placing each layer in a particular order, each subsequent layer compliments the previous layer.
You can use any type of bread you choose. When it comes to sandwiches sourdough and wheat are my breads of choice. Be creative and mix it up… if you have sourdough, asiago or rosemary bread on hand…give it a try.
I used a 3/4″ Honey Wheat Bread by Stoneground. Heat turkey gravy in microwave in a small bowl. Laying two slices of bread side by side. Slather each with mayo. On one slice add a layer of orange-cranberry relish. On the non-relish side add lettuce. Next place the stuffing on top of the lettuce. Followed by a layer of mashed potato. Top with slices of smoked turkey. Complete by placing the top slice of bread with the orange-cranberry relish. Dip in turkey gravy as often as needed.
This is one flavor-bursting sandwich. The tangy orange-cranberry relish layered over the smoked turkey smashed up against the salted creamy mashed potato, complimented by the sweet cranberry stuffing atop the crispy lettuce.
One of the best features of this sandwich is you can eat it hot or cold. It’s truly remarkable either way. My favorite is cold…but if you prefer a hot sandwich be sure to re-heat the fixings before you assemble the sandwich.
Be well aware that this sandwich is just as amazing if you don’t have the gourmet options of the smoked turkey, cranberry stuffing and orange-cranberry relish. Just use what you have on hand. If you are feeling adventurous and wish you had them, save this post to try adding these items to next year’s feast.
- 1 – 15 oz Whole Cranberry Sauce
- 1/2 C Craisins
- 1 Orange – Zest only
Place craisins in hot water for 10-15 min to hydrate and plum them up. Combine cranberry sauce, orange zest and craisins (drained). Mix well and refrigerate when done.
As you can see this is no sandwich to joke about. It is a serious monstrosity. When I re-created this sandwich for this post, I fully intended to save the second have for Chef Husband when he got home. Needless to say I couldn’t resist and inhaled the entire sandwich on my own. I couldn’t help myself. If you lack as much self-control as I do, you might want to just make a half a sandwich to begin with.
After giving this serious sandwich a try, don’t be surprised if you want a Thanksgiving Dinner at least once a month.