Mar 242014

Turkey Sausage McMikey on a Buttered Rosemary Roll

I’ve always been fascinated how cooks can come up with the most creative, imaginative recipes from leftovers. Here are a couple of sandwiches I made after Thanksgiving last Fall.

I made my first ever buttered rosemary rolls and they were heavenly good. Sorry for the rosemary, Beth. I bought a bag of frozen unbaked dinner rolls and put them in my trusted old cast iron skillet that I coated with olive oil first. I chose to brush on melted butter and the fresh rosemary before baking.

About 20 or so minutes later in a 400 degree oven…fluffy, flaky, soft-rolled perfection. I then brushed on more melted butter.Rosemary Rolls

I had six leftover rolls and had a brilliant idea. I set a frozen turkey sausage patty and cheddar cheese between each of these delightful rolls, then placed them in a ziplock bag put them into the freezer. They warmed up wonderfully the next for a quick breakfast. Or with some hash browns and fruit. Not so much a sandwich but more of a Mikey McMuffin.Turkey Sausage McMikey on a Buttered Rosemary Roll

Next, was the tangy, sweet cranberry sauce I had leftover. Which, as you can see, had amazing real maple syrup in it. Oh and orange juice too…Cranberry Cook

My first cranberry dressing from scratch was great. The sweet and tangy were perfect to my taste buds to go along the texture  of the berries.Cranberry Sauce

And of course Phoenix, my Golden Retriever, the Thanksgiving Leftover Police from last November…Phoenix

It was time for another sandwich the following day and I wanted to do  something outside of my norm. Which would be a sourdough roll, turkey slices, cheddar cheese and mayo. Chased down by multiple glasses of fat-free milk.

I wanted to make something at least somewhat gourmet and feature the leftover cranberry sauce. I also wanted a pressed sandwich on my Panini grill of which I didn’t even use because I was  not in the mood too lazy by the time Sunday rolled around. So, I decided I would put it into a skillet and press it by using another pan on top.

I took the cranberry sauce and added some pecans to it…yummy by the way…Cranberries and Walnuts

Then two slices of sourdough bread with apricot jam and Dijon mustard…Bread with Jam and Mustard

I had made a roasted turkey breast and piled on these two hearty slices…Turkey on bread

The cranberry sauce…Add Cranberry Sauce

Four slices of Swiss cheese…Add Cheese

Both sides of the bread were buttered and ready to go into the skillet…Sandwich ready to grill

And…I pressed the top skillet down a little too hard. It was completely salvageable and out of this world delicious. The sweet, tangy crunch of the cranberry sauce really was the star of the show as I had intended. With the melted Swiss cheese, apricot jam and Dijon mustard my entire taste spectrum was covered and then some.Final sandwich

What are some of your favorite leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches?

Here is the cranberry sauce recipe and the turkey sandwich recipe  from Ree Drummond at The Pioneer Woman’s blog.

Phoenix and I wanted to give a shout out and thank you to our friend, Mary, for all of her support as she’s been a long time follower of our blog. She has a wonderful blog  herself where she shares and talks about life experiences across the spectrum and the comments section offers great dialogue to share your feelings along with others there. She is so wonderfully kind and nice and I absolutely encourage you to click on over to her blog at Necessity of Change and check it out! Thank you so much for everything, Mary!

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  72 Responses to “Leftover Thanksgiving Sandwiches, Easy and Delicious”

  1. We don’t have thanksgiving in Australia but I do love a turkey, cranberry and swiss cheese sandwich. Can’t get much better than that!

    • It’s a yummy combination for a sandwich and Australian’s don’t need Thanksgiving…you give daily with your most awesome accents in the entire universe, Becc 🙂

  2. Must. Have. Those. Rolls. I am really liking the looks of everything in this post. Time to make a Pin on Pinterest 😉

  3. Mike, I am not really a sandwich person, I usually put my leftover turkey over rice…but! This sandwich looks especially yummy. I love the idea of the cranberry and melted cheese…I will try it next time I make a turkey.

    • I so hope you like it and most definitely let me know, Corinne. Btw…turkey over rice sounds just as yummy too 🙂

  4. Mmm, I love the idea of adding a touch of rosemary to the biscuits! Great idea! I love eating mashed potatoes most of all after Thanksgiving…it remains one of those breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes that I never tire of!:-)

    • It is pretty consistently across the board yummy for all 3 meals isn’t, Jess? 🙂

  5. Okay that sandwich has made my mouth water! I’d have never thought of putting those flavors together, but now can hardly wait to do so!!! Great post, Mike.

    • Oh good, Jackie, and I’m thrilled that you will give your own version a try. Please let me know what you think afterwards 🙂

  6. Leftover Thanksgiving police…haha! I have a few of those myself…but they are everyday leftover thieves! I love leftover turkey and I feel like we should have it more than once a year. Your turkey panini sounds scrumptious!

    • I love those turkey sandwiches the next day…and the next…and the next…and…you get the idea. But, by the end of the 4 day weekend I’m done. For about a week 🙂

  7. I was going to throw some peptobismol at the computer screen because leftover turkey in March is ummm….well….
    That better be Canadian Maple Syrup. Otherwise it is sacrilegious.

  8. I always say, that you can never brush on enough butter. Never.
    You have a way with sandwiches! My favorite lunch on earth is a fantastic sandwich, potato chips and pickles. Lots of the last two..
    And even though I’m thinking spring right now, turkey is year round now, isn’t it?
    My favorite is the first.

    • Oh yes, turkey can be eaten all year round, Tamara. Good call on the pickles too 🙂

  9. OMG, i’m starving as it is and now you torture me! That cranberry sauce looks amazing. I guess my leftovers are pretty boring in comparison. The left over polkce would be disappointed. TKS for the recipes!

    • I would have to try your leftovers, Lisa. I have no doubt they are absolutely scrumptious 🙂

  10. Mikey McMuffin. I love it! And what a great (and easy) idea to add the rosemary to the biscuits, gives it a whole new taste to a yummy breakfast sandwich, because really, who doesn’t love a good breakfast sandwich? Damn. Now I’m hungry.

  11. Leftovers? We don’t have any pretty much because Alpha Son thinks it is his given right to take them home with him! My mom was a mega T-giving leftover sandwich maker like you – she also added the cornbread dressing along with the cranberry sauce! Your sandwich looks AH-MAZING!

    • Thank you so very much, Nan, on the compliment. Ironic you mention the dressing as there is a sandwich shop here in Reno that specializes on a Thanksgiving sandwich.

  12. That mcmuffin looks great! 😀 I’ll have to make that cranberry sandwich for my boyfriend sometime…he loves anything with cranberries 😀

    • I absolutely love dried cranberries so I totally understand where your boyfriend is coming from, Michelle. And thank you very much 🙂

  13. Hahaha a Mikey McMuffin! I love it. I’ll definitely have to try these out after Thanksgiving… or sooner! Thanks for sharing.


    • That’s the irony reading between the lines is that you can make and eat these any time of the year, Lauren 🙂

  14. Look appealing but I hope you haven’t just taken them out of the freezer, Mike 🙂

  15. OOOO, MYyyyy,

    cranberries on anything make me say MMmmmmmmYes.MOre.

    Love both you and phoenix Lots. Xx

    • Thank you so much, Kim. I’m actually a late bloomer on cranberry sauce. Love back to you too 🙂

  16. Hi Mike

    Sandwich looks delicious, hey no one is counting calories on this one!

    Thank you for the kind mention. I always love the stories of Phoenix and hope he is improving. I am sure he will soon be romping around like a young pup.


    • You are so very welcome and we always enjoy you stopping by. Actually neither one of the sandwiches above are high calories or at all, Mary 🙂

  17. Hi Mike,
    The sandwiches are looking so tempting! Never tried cranberries in this manner…seems yummy!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Cranberries leave such a diverse option to use in various recipes. I hope you will be able to try them sometime, Balroop! 🙂

  18. I don’t eat meat but those rolls look so good! xx

  19. I love leftover food because you are limited, but definitely more creative with your food ingredients! Your sandwiches look so yummy as always. I’ve been avoiding white buns and bread, but having one or two would not kill me, right? 😉

    • I think you could sneak a few in Agness, and I promise I won’t tell anyone! Shhhh…our little secret 🙂

  20. Left over recipes are great thanks for sharing! 🙂

  21. Such a mixture of flavours in this one Mike. Definitely American me thinks. I bet it tasted fantastic. I went over to Rees site and bookmarked her Queso Fundido recipe. I’ll stun the guests at my next Aussie BBQ 🙂

    • Yes, the Thanksgiving tradition is primarily an American and Canadian holiday to my best understanding. Isn’t Ree’s blog amazing? It’s like a huge food toy store in there for me, Jan! 🙂

  22. They look sooo … delicious:)

  23. I love Turkey left overs. Looks delish!!!

  24. Wow, you do like to cook, don’t you? The only thing I know how to make is spaghetti, Filipino-style haha But I agree with making leftovers. No sense in making good food go to waste! Did Phoenix eat any?

    • You got me totally intrigued about Filipino spaghetti and I looked up a few recipes, Aleah! Banana ketchup and hot dogs, huh? One of my best buddies is Filipino and I’m going to double check on this part of the recipe or ask his mom! Great comment…maybe I will make it! No, Phoenix doesn’t get people food 🙂

  25. Oh, buttery rolls….why can’t I quit you?

    my stomach is growling. I blame you.

    How’s our favorite pooch?

    • Long ways to go with kiddo but thank you so much asking about him, Beth. You had mentioned in a post about not liking rosemary and I groaned, “Ohhh noooo…” because I knew this food post was up next 🙂

  26. Leftover turkey sandwiches are my fave. Mayo, homemade cranberry sauce, lots of fresh ground pepper,lettuce and great bread. I’d call that mixture a little slice of heaven. It’s worth cooking the turkey just so you can have that.

    And I keep wondering about Phoenix. Dare I ask???

    • I will drop a line on the side to you about my kid, Leigh, but thank you so much for asking about him! I just hang my head in shame that I came into cranberry sauce (and loving it) so late in life. A girlfriend found out one day that I had never had it on leftover turkey sandwiches and she made one for me about 10 years ago or so. I was never the same since 🙂

  27. I always adore your recipes. I admit I’m not a big fan of turkey leftovers but you make it look delicious. I need to try your buttered rosemary roll. Yum! Phoenix is as adorable as always.

    • Thank you so much on the Phoenix compliment, Mary 🙂 The most interesting part of this post is finding a very defined line of those who like/those who don’t care for turkey leftovers. I totally appreciate the recipe compliment too! 🙂

  28. Wow! My husband says that I’m the “Queen of the sandwich” but I was never so creative! These sound and look absolutely delicious Mike!

    • Oh thank you so much Rita…you always make me blush at my (improving) cooking skills! But, I’ve done a lot better too don’t ya think? 🙂

  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Your dog looks exactly like my inlaws dog. Left overs just make for some of the best food out there.

    • I hope you like your in-laws dog, Bintu! 🙂 Totally agreed on leftovers…and thank you for stopping by here too! 🙂

  30. Makes me want Thankgiving again! Looks yummy.

  31. I noticed you are a cheese lover. Being born ‘n raised in Wisconsin, I’m a bit of a cheese snob. Welcome to the club and your sandwiches look great. I’ve got a question for you. Have you ever asked Phoenix why dogs always stick their head out the window when on a road trip. I’d like to hear his answer.

    • LOL…to your question, Neva! I’ve always waited for someone to ask THAT question for over 10 years and finally…you did!! I had asked him the same question many years ago and this was his answer…

      Phoenix, “I watched the movie Titanic while laying at your feet when I was a puppy. I saw the actor at the front of the ship (DiCaprio) standing, leaning with the wind blowing across his soul. I also say the same thing he did when I’m hanging my head out the world – I’m King of the World!!!” 🙂

  32. So, when should I come over for some sandwiches. These look delicious. One thing that I miss about America is good roasted turkey. Oddly, the best place to get a turkey sandwich (with cranberries!) in Penang is at the hospital.

    • Ha, ha yikes at the hospital, Michele! That is very interesting though. You and your family are welcome here anytime! 🙂

  33. So yummy, wished we had Thanksgiving here in Australia 🙂 Love leftovers, especially Curries – they always taste better the next day!
    That sandwich looks incredible.

    • That’s a little secret that folks often overlook isn’t it, Lisa? Is that many foods can often absorb so many more flavors after a night in the fridge and actually taste better the next day! Thank you for the compliment 🙂

  34. I know what I’m feeling right now is just normal. HUNGRY!

  35. The sausage rolls look so yummy and great for a quick easy snack or breakfast. I love sausage!!

    • Thank you so much for the compliment and you’re going to love my next food post going up, Krystle!

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