Nov 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Leftover Panini with Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Mayo

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
I love to reinvent my leftovers into new meals like this one. This sandwich combines thinly sliced roast turkey with gooey, melted Brie, roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberry mayo between sliced of crisp ciabatta bread.

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Do you end up in that post holiday habit where you have been eating the same turkey for several meals? Not sure what to do with all the leftovers? Look no further – I love to reinvent my leftovers into new meals like this one. This sandwich combines thinly sliced roast turkey with gooey, melted Brie, roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberry mayo between sliced of crisp ciabatta bread.

Thanksgiving Leftover Panini with Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Mayo

thanksgiving leftover panini with turkey, brie, shredded brussels sprouts and cranberry mayo recipe from cooking with cocktail rings

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Brie – Brie is washed rind cow’s milk cheese; it’s a crowd-pleaser cheese. You can add it to a cheese board and its approachable. Everyone knows where they stand on it (though not all Brie is created equal). When buying your cheese for this recipe look for a double cream Brie. Triple cream will be a bit too gooey for the panini (it will ooze out the sides).
  • Cranberry sauce – I like to use a whole berry cranberry sauce for this cranberry mayo recipe. Cranberry jelly can be swapped in though I like the texture the whole berries add.
  • Brussels sprouts – Look for tight heats of Brussels sprouts with 1-2″ in diameter. Remove any yellowing leaves from the outside of the sprouts. In this recipe I shred the Brussels sprouts using a mandolin though they can be thinly sliced and pulled apart using a knife as well.

How to Make this Turkey Leftover Panini

For the cranberry mayo:

  1. Mix the cranberry mayo. In a small bowl stir together the cranberry sauce, mayonnaise and pepper until completely combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the roasted shredded Brussels Sprouts:

  1. Toss the Brussels sprouts in oil. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Toss the Brussels sprouts in the olive oil then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast. Spread in an even single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Roast until the edges are slightly browned, about 15 minutes.

For assembly:

  1. Assemble sandwich. Heat Panini press or skillet on medium-high. Spread the butter on the crusty side of each half of bread. Spread the cranberry mayonnaise on the cut side of each half. Top the bottom half of the bread with the turkey followed by the slices of Brie and Brussels sprouts.
  2. Press the sandwich. Close the sandwich and add to the Panini press or skillet. If using a skillet, use something heavy like an aluminum foil wrapped brick to create a press. Let cook until bread is crisp and cheese is melty, about 6 minutes.
  3. Cut the sandwich. Cut horizontally and serve warm.
thanksgiving leftover panini with turkey, brie, shredded brussels sprouts and cranberry mayo recipe from cooking with cocktail rings

Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

  • If you have no leftover roast holiday turkey, substitute deli turkey instead.
  • You can either use fresh Brussels sprouts made just for this sandwich or use leftover cooked Brussels and thinly slice them.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Panini with Turkey, Brie, Shredded Brussels Spouts and Cranberry Mayo

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Serves 1

Ingredients:

For the cranberry mayo:

  • ¼ cup canned whole cranberry sauce
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the roasted shredded Brussels Sprouts:

  • 2 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For assembly:

  • 5 inch piece ciabatta bread halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ pound roasted turkey thinly sliced
  • ¼ pound Brie sliced

Instructions:

For the cranberry mayo:

  • In a small bowl stir together the cranberry sauce, mayonnaise and pepper until completely combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • For the roasted shredded Brussels Sprouts:
  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Toss the Brussels sprouts in the olive oil then season with salt and pepper. Spread in an even single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Roast until the edges are slightly browned, about 15 minutes.

For assembly:

  • Heat Panini press or skillet on medium-high. Spread the butter on the crusty side of each half of bread. Spread the cranberry mayonnaise on the cut side of each half. Top the bottom half of the bread with the turkey followed by the slices of Brie and Brussels sprouts.
  • Close the sandwich and add to the Panini press or skillet. If using a skillet, use something heavy like an aluminum foil wrapped brick to create a press. Let cook until bread is crisp and cheese is melty, about 6 minutes.
  • Cut horizontally and serve warm.

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