Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Twist on the Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich

The best part about Thanksgiving has to be leftovers! This recipe by Chef Eric Greenspan will give you a new twist on the usual turkey sandwich.  This turkey-stuffed grilled cheese is likely to make your taste buds dance.

Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese


For cranberry sage jam:
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups granulated sugar
2 ounces fresh sage leaves
For fried shallots:
1 cup shallots, peeled and sliced
2 cups buttermilk
Oil for frying
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper, to taste

For grilled cheese:
8 slices rye bread
1/4 cup cranberry sage jam
8 slices medium cheddar cheese
1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey breast
1/4 pound green beans, ends trimmed
1/4 cup fried shallots
1/2 pound butter
1/4 cup parmesan, finely grated
2 ounces fresh sage leaves


To make cranberry sage jam: Add fresh cranberries, sugar, and sage to a saucepan set over medium heat. Let cook until cranberries have broken down, and a jam-like consistency is reached. Remove from heat and let cool.

To make fried shallots: Soak sliced shallots in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Remove shallots from buttermilk and toss in seasoned flour. Fry until crispy and let drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.

To make grilled cheese: Assemble sandwich in the following order: rye bread, cranberry sage jam, slice of cheddar cheese, 2 slices of turkey breast, green beans, fried shallots, another slice of cheese, and top with bread.

Heat cooktop to a medium-high heat and coat with butter. Spread a generous layer of butter on top of the sandwich, sprinkle with sage leaves, and dust with parmesan. Place the parmesan cheese side down in the pan and cook until crispy. Flip and cook the bottom until the cheese melts, and the bread toasts. Serve immediately.

Things to Consider

1. Find Organic Turkey's and Ingredients Pre-Thanksgiving at Pilgrim's Market
2. Try Cougar Gold Cheese in the sandwich
3. Be Thankful every day!

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