After-Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Chutney

This recipe is a featured recipe from the book P. Allen Smith's Seasonal Recipes from the Garden.

Thanksgiving is a treasured holiday in my house. I usually finish up planting the last of my spring-flowering bulbs by then and am ready to enjoy a big meal. Along with the fun of being with family and friends, it's a celebration of an abundant harvest and all the good food that goes with the season. The table, laid out with turkey, cornbread dressing, salads, vegetables, rolls and pies is a sight to behold. It really is a day to pause and give thanks for the abundance of all we enjoy.

After sampling every dish more than once, I always leave the table vowing I'll never eat again. And then about two hours later, I'm surprised to find myself standing in front of an open refrigerator, staring inside and thinking, "maybe I could have just a bite or two more." That moment was the inspiration for this sandwich. I think I may enjoy after-Thanksgiving turkey as much as I do the initial roast. I t seems to get better as time goes by and is the perfect excuse to invite a few friends to the house the day after the holiday to help "clean up" some of the leftovers.

In face, this has become a popular after-the-crowd-thins-out-event, and this sandwich is always on the menu. Adding some crisp bacon, spicy arugula, Brie, and tangy cranberry chutney to the turkey creates a delicious medley of flavors that I enjoy all over again.


  • 12 slices sourdough bread, or 6 sourdough rolls
  • Cranberry chutney
  • Leftover Thankgiving heritage turkey, sliced
  • 4 ounces Brie, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 cups fresh arugula, rinsed thoroughly and patted dry
  • 12 slices bacon, cooked crisp
  • Butter, at room temperature


  1. Spread one slice of the bread, or one side of a roll, with cranberry chutney, and top it with sliced turkey. Spread the other slice of bread or the other side of the roll with Brie. Add arugula and two slices of crisp bacon.
  2. Heat and iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.
  3. Butter the outside of the bread or rolls, and grill the sandwiches in the skillet or on the griddle until golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately.


  • saturdaynightfever says:

    Great idea for what to do with that leftover turkey, which I find is challenging!

    January 17, 2011 03:36pm

  • Rebecca861 says:

    Leftover turkey and fresh arugula combines the concept of blurring the lines between indoors and out in a delicious manner.

    January 17, 2011 03:32pm

  • emeri49 says:

    Turkey and Cranberries go great together and this recipe sounds delish!

    January 17, 2011 02:10pm

  • sactom says:

    Perfect for brunch or a Valentine's Day treat for that someone special.! Absolutely delicious, easy to prepare, and perfect every time. What more could you ask for? A Super Bowl touchdown on this one!!!

    January 17, 2011 01:12pm

  • garrettsambo says:

    I love this recipe. It sounds delicious. I love the combination of ingredients. Turkey, cranberry and bacon sounds great.

    January 17, 2011 02:59am

  • says:

    I can hardly wait until I have some left over turkey. This will be a good way to bring sparkle to leftovers even for my readers club luncheon.

    January 17, 2011 02:17am

  • kacklemo says:

    It was really hard to choose., but I chose the After Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich because it has all of my favorite ingredients in it, the combination is just heavenly!

    January 16, 2011 09:00pm

  • MrsWW says:

    There's nothing better than a turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving with cranberry chutney. Then add Brie & bacon. Yum, what a great combination.!

    January 16, 2011 11:58am

  • AsTheNight says:

    This is my favorite recipe because it's a very easy way to present "leftovers" in a new and different way. Plus, I love cranberry chutney.

    January 16, 2011 11:47am

  • patdmullican says:

    This is such a good way to enjoy an after Thanksgiving sandwich. Home made cranberry chutney makes this special along with the crusty homemade sourdough bread. I love the texture added by using the iron skillet.

    January 14, 2011 07:18pm

  • patdmullican says:

    A delicious way to enjoy an after Thanksgiving sandwich. Much better with homemade cranberry chutney that is easy to make. Love using the iron skillet as it gives the homemade bread a crunchy texture.Comfort food for sure.

    January 14, 2011 07:12pm

  • hattiejo says:

    I've often made this sandwich, but without the brie and bacon. Grilling would add another dimension to an already delightful combination. Next time, for sure!

    January 14, 2011 04:32pm

  • says:

    My family ate this sandwich with a bowl of Acorn Squash soup it was delish. For a little spice in your life leave off the brie and add pepper jack cheese "BAM".

    January 14, 2011 03:56pm

  • RonnaF says:

    Everything about this recipe sounds fabulous! My all time favorite meal to prepare is Thanksgiving dinner, and the leftovers are worth the wait! I made a copy of this recipe, and I'll be trying it next year with my Thanksgiving leftovers! Delicious!

    January 14, 2011 03:26pm

  • says:

    I am a retired vocational teacher, and making sourdough bread is my hobby.
    This recipe enhances my fresh loaf and pleases my husband's love of Thanks-
    giving turkey and cranberries.

    January 14, 2011 09:30am

  • says:

    I have always loved turkey sandwich with cranberry chutney, but I had never tried it with brie and bacon, now that is my favorite after Thanksgiving and anytime sandwich

    January 13, 2011 02:07pm

  • unlimitedblessings6 says:

    Leftovers are truly the best! After the very busy day, make this sandwich with a little leftover dressing and a cup of tea and curl up with a book and enjoy!

    January 13, 2011 01:27pm

  • lindajoharmon says:

    This is a wonderful sandwich to share anytime of the year with family and friends. Love all the ingredients. No effort to prepare.

    January 13, 2011 01:04pm

  • jag2222 says:

    This recipe sounds like me because I love making specialty sandwiches. The turkey with the tangy relish would make a wonderful taste sensation.

    January 13, 2011 11:26am

  • luckylad says:

    I picked the one with the turkey because the other two choices just didn't appeal to me.

    January 13, 2011 09:39am

  • drfrn40 says:

    Just reading this recipe makes my mouth water! And it is easy enough for anyone to prepare! Although all of our leftovers are gone, I might just have to prepare another turkey just to try it!

    January 12, 2011 05:33pm

  • jeepinjeannie says:

    Turkey and cranberries just go together. You always have left over turkey and what a great way to change up the same old ways to use it. Keep those ideas coming

    January 12, 2011 05:12pm

  • Norma5Star says:

    Turkey with cranberries! Wonderful! It's good to send loved ones and friends home with a new recipe to remember the Thanksgiving Day meal. It's always a reminder of how great the gathering was. Thanks, P. Allen for a great sandwich.

    January 12, 2011 03:43pm

  • Norma5Star says:

    Turkey with cranberries! Wonderful! It’s good to send loved ones and friends home with a new recipe to remember the Thanksgiving Day meal. It’s always a reminder of how great the gathering was. Thanks, P. Allen for a great sandwich.

    January 12, 2011 03:39pm

  • LadyBug99 says:

    Oh my! Each of these ingredients taken individually is a delish treat. Together, well, they are nothing short of a feast! I can imagine my family "gobbling up" these sandwiches!

    January 12, 2011 01:41pm

  • Linda B says:

    Whoah! What a great sandwich - a meal in itself. Would be great for Christmas or New Years Eve party too. Your recipes always give me a feeling of warmth inside. Thanks for the cozy heart hug!

    January 12, 2011 12:19pm

  • mfetz1 says:

    Okay, so you are a fantastic gardener AND cook! Sourdough bread, turkey, brie, cranberry chutney, arugula, bacon, & butter! Makes my mouth just water! The flavors explode in your mouth with extreme pleasure! Thank you, Allen!

    January 12, 2011 11:54am

  • Connieps says:

    This includes everything I love....I can't imagine a better "after Thanksgiving" sandwich!!!

    January 12, 2011 10:41am

  • says:

    A good idea would be to make lots of these sandwiches & skip all the to-do of Thanksgiving Dinner itself..

    January 12, 2011 09:21am

  • says:

    Brie, bacon and butter! I must be dreaming.......added to the turkey dinner leftovers just makes it more wonderful!

    January 12, 2011 08:29am

  • tdavis says:


    January 11, 2011 07:50pm

  • EVEPEARSON says:

    This super healthy sandwich is the first in my 2011 repertoire! Why save it for Thanksgiving?

    January 11, 2011 05:10pm

  • Pumpkin Patty says:

    Awesome recipe. Better than any fancy sandwich at the expensive gourmet soup and sandwich restaurants. You could impress anyone with a luncheon of these delightful sandwiches.

    January 11, 2011 04:00pm

  • says:

    Nothing better than a leftover turkey sandwich! Even better that the day of the feast! YumYum!!

    January 11, 2011 02:04pm

  • reebolton says:

    What's not to like about this?! The combination of each of the ingredients, from the bread to the - well, to the last bite ! - is absolutely DEE-licious!!! I'd not made cranberry chutney before... - I'm a believer!!

    January 11, 2011 01:17pm

  • gardenwitch says:

    I make cranberry chutney every year and love it with turkey. Will have try adding the bacon to my sandwich. Sounds heavenly. Whats not better with bacon!

    January 11, 2011 12:51pm

  • faison says:

    I love Cranberry Chutney and turkey. Combining these with bacon, brie & arugula & toasting it just makes it more wonderful. A real treat for a cold winter day.

    January 11, 2011 12:07pm

  • CHErrera says:

    This recipe stands on its own and is no longer about leftovers! A delicious turkey roast combined with the tangy Cranberry Chutney is an explosion of flavors! An added benefit in a hard economy is the more resourceful the more reasons to give thanks!

    January 11, 2011 11:50am

  • HopScotchMama says:

    On days like Thanksgiving I rarely get a chance to sit down and enjoy the feast! It is only later with a sandwich like this that I am able to relax and enjoy the feast of labor...and maybe have a laugh or two about my wonderful family!

    January 11, 2011 11:39am

  • says:

    my family enjoys this sandwich. i love to use the bacon without nitrate . that kind of bacon is great on this sandwich. thanks again

    January 11, 2011 11:33am

  • says:

    I love this combo, will try to have this more then Thanksgiving.

    January 11, 2011 10:59am

  • reformist55 says:

    Turkey and Cranberry, can it get any more Thanksgiving than that! Reminds me of the old song, I like bread and butter, I like toast and jam, well, I like turkey and cranberry, that's what my moma fed us, we are her loving fans!

    January 11, 2011 10:26am

  • says:

    This is a favorite my Sister and I enjoyed when she was alive! I make these now and think of her when I eat them.

    January 11, 2011 10:04am

  • karenmcalister says:

    I am sending this to my chef, son. He will love this. I just wish you would have included the cranberry chutney receipe. Is it in the book?

    January 11, 2011 09:26am

  • Sweetpea65 says:

    It just doesn't get any better than this. The blend of these items for a sandwich is just scrumptious!

    January 11, 2011 09:24am

  • Joyous64 says:

    There's nothing better than left-over turkey sandwiches and the cranberry relish made it even better though I did add a tiny bit of dressing

    January 11, 2011 09:04am

  • jolybe says:

    WOW! We used leftover turkey we cooked in our infra-red cooker. We always look for new & different recipes for our leftovers & liked this combo of ingredients. We will try this out on our whole family next time we do a turkey

    January 11, 2011 08:36am

  • aybehrens says:

    I LOVE sandwiches. Turkey sandwich with a little cranberry is oh, so delicious! Also good is turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy sandwich. YUMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 11, 2011 02:01am

  • LoSchu says:

    I love this recipe -- I used to get a sandwich like this at a favorite restaurant of mine in Santa Fe, NM. It's the ultimate comfort food.

    January 11, 2011 01:34am

  • unduki says:

    Yum! My new special sandwich for that After-The-Holidays ME time.

    January 11, 2011 01:14am

  • redhawk says:

    Cranberry chutney and bacon realy make this have a great taste!

    January 11, 2011 01:01am

  • says:

    cranberries compliment the leftover turkey and give the sandwich a festive touch.

    January 10, 2011 11:30pm

  • alterlisa says:

    I'd rather have leftover turkey on a sandwich than turkey with the trimmings anytime.

    January 10, 2011 11:01pm

  • says:

    Love this gourmet sandwich that also helps us use leftovers and stretch our food budget - I also use Turkey or Veggie Bacon to put my own spin on for those of us who don't eat Pork! It's delish, P. Allen, Thanks!

    January 10, 2011 10:44pm

  • says:

    Thoughts of PAllen will be there everytime I prepare this recipe. It will give me the same inspiration he had after Thanksgiving to always remember our treasured holiday with Friends & Family with a Medley of flavors in the Sandwich he shared with us.

    January 10, 2011 10:37pm

  • lcastrogilchrist says:

    Love the idea of use leftovers of turkey to do this recipe.... thanks

    January 10, 2011 10:30pm

  • DD1026 says:

    Comfort food with an elegant twist: perfect for next-day leftovers or as special treat for guests...

    January 10, 2011 10:27pm

  • sae46 says:

    This is great. I love any new recipe for after Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches. This was So GOOD!

    January 10, 2011 09:18pm

  • jvallar says:

    Move over BLT! The new BCT, Bacon, Cranberry and Turkey Sandwich, has arrived and it has moved up to number 1.

    January 10, 2011 09:12pm

  • says:

    Great way to enjoy leftovers after Holidays and through-out the year. Delicious!

    January 10, 2011 09:09pm

  • says:

    This is one of my most favorite sandwiches. It keeps Thanksgiving alive in my stomach as well as my heart!

    January 10, 2011 08:38pm

  • says:

    Leftover turkey, brie, cranberries, bacon -- what's not to like with this recipe! These are all reminders of a great Thanksgiving meal which you can savor and enjoy the next day!

    January 10, 2011 08:36pm

  • newton says:

    Oh my goodness. . . Just reading the recipe made my mouth water! This makes you want to skip thanksgiving and go straight to the leftovers

    January 10, 2011 08:13pm

  • says:

    thank you for another recipe for turkey sandwiches - i am famous for my turkey salad so i am glad to have a new taste - i just love brie and bacon is showing up in all kinds of sandwiches now - the cranberries will add the extra excitement - thanks

    January 10, 2011 08:01pm

  • rmichels says:

    A pan-toasted turky sandwich with the complimenting flavors of bacon, arugula, cranberry chutney and brie makes for the perfect luch to bring family together once again for a simple yet delicious and memorable meal.

    January 10, 2011 07:52pm

  • Gtrout169 says:

    There is nothing like turkey sandwiches after thanksgiving. My wife made some for my coworkers with Cranberry chutney and they disappeared in minutes. Will get her to use this recipe!

    January 10, 2011 07:43pm

  • says:

    The wonderful combination of ingredients is something I'm looking forward to the next time I cook a turkey. For sandwich lovers like us, this makes for a complete nutrious meal which we will really enjoy.

    January 10, 2011 07:40pm

  • says:

    the perfect combo to end the Thanksgiving holiday.

    January 10, 2011 07:24pm

  • joan fore says:

    I have a habit of taking a bite of all leftovers as I clean the table following a family holiday meal. I am often teased about this habit. I now have a good excuse for tasting turkey. I am checking it before making Turkey Sandwich with Chutney.

    January 10, 2011 07:15pm

  • says:

    This recipe out does the traditional left over turkey sandwich. I think I might have to roast a turkey breast and give it a try. Brie is one of my favorite cheeses and I have never tried it on a sandwich. Thanks for the great recipe!

    January 10, 2011 07:07pm

  • MoneyMoose says:

    YOU HAVE A WINNER HERE! This will be our next favorite party food. Thanks for the fun of cooking and sharing with friends. Money Moose

    January 10, 2011 07:02pm

  • MoneyMoose says:

    I called my friends and told them, “Come over, I’m going to cook something from P. Allen Smith’s web site”. Well, we girls didn’t talk for the first ten minutes.

    January 10, 2011 07:01pm

  • MoneyMoose says:

    What grab my attention were the combination of turkey, sourdough, brie, arugula and bacon! I ran off to the store. I cooked exactly as instructed in my cast iron pan and to my surprise what a wonderful variety of flavors.

    January 10, 2011 07:01pm

  • says:

    Yum! Make it a panini-even better!

    January 10, 2011 06:53pm

  • cross67 says:

    One of my all time favorite sandwiches, love the contrast of the turkey with the wonderful tangy cra@nberry chutney--great after Thanksgiving , for sure. The crispy bacon crumbles is a nice suggested touch! Delish

    January 10, 2011 06:42pm

  • cross67 says:

    One of my all time favorite sandwiches, love the contrast of the turkey with the wonderful tangy cra@nberry chutney--great after Thanksgiving , for sure. The crispy bacon crumbles is a nice suggested touch! Delish

    January 10, 2011 06:42pm

  • cross67 says:

    One of my all time favorite sandwiches, love the contrast of the turkey with the wonderful tangy cra@nberry chutney--great after Thanksgiving , for sure. The crispy bacon crumbles is a nice suggested touch! Delish

    January 10, 2011 06:42pm

  • ldrello says:

    MMM!Mouth watering turkey. and cranberry sauce all hot by cooking in a skillet. This would be delicious right now on the evening of the BIG snow/ice storm here in January, 2011. Can't wait to make it.

    January 10, 2011 06:42pm

  • southerndell says:

    Turkey sandwiches the day after are a teenage memory......made with my Mother who died when I was 18 years! Still eating turkey sandwiches....watching BCS championship bowl tonight.......War Eagle....Auburn University!

    January 10, 2011 06:21pm

  • HMWeir says:

    For some time now I have used one of your Cranberry Chutney recipes, so it was natural for me to use with this turkey sandwich. Yum, good. Thanks again

    January 10, 2011 06:19pm

  • natmine says:

    On a cold wintery day, nothing is better than a savory turkey sandwich with tangy cranberry chutney cooked in a hot buttery cast iron skillet along with the memories of spending time with your family on Thanksgiving Day?

    January 10, 2011 06:11pm

  • says:

    The perfect sandwich--especially with Brie and bacon!

    January 10, 2011 05:58pm

  • pwilbur says:

    I love turkey and I love cranberries they compliment each other nicely..This recipe is just right for left over turkey or any other turkey Thanks

    January 10, 2011 05:53pm

  • KimLucaksChocolate&Roses says:

    I am always looking for ideas to do with leftover turkey. I LOVE Cranberry Chutney with turkey. The two of them together is a match made in heaven!

    January 10, 2011 05:36pm

  • daVinci51 says:

    My mother always made turkey sandwichs with her own cranberry chutney. This sandwich brings back those memories. The brie, bacon and arugula are excellent additions. Thanks for the memories.

    January 10, 2011 05:35pm

  • says:

    We love turkey fixed any way, but this is outstanding and so healthy.

    January 10, 2011 05:18pm

  • Pat Ernst says:

    Leftovers might be the best thing about Turkey Dinners. The combination of turkey and cranberry chutney with bacon & arugula is one of my favorite blends. Adding brie will just send me over the top! Love it!

    January 10, 2011 04:13pm

  • quiltlvr63 says:

    my love for cranberry and leftover turkey is great .. this would make a great black friday luncheon or dinner... Thanks

    January 10, 2011 03:57pm

  • bwyche36 says:

    Eating a southern style turkey sandwich w/cranberry sauce is worthing doing the Happy Dance. I love dancing and eating good southern food, especially my favorite Turkey Sandwich w/sauce. (happy, happy.......)

    January 10, 2011 03:50pm

  • awbeam says:

    I've always just LOVED a turkey and cranberry sauce and dressing sandwich after thanksgiving all my life, but I haven't thought of trying it with brie and arugula and bacon, I'm sure it's just YUMMY!!! :-) Thanks so much for the recipes!

    January 10, 2011 03:47pm

  • shular1 says:

    Nothing could be better than slabs of turkey breast on sourdough bread and slathered with cranberry chutney ,toped with Brie and and thick sliced wood cured bacon. Ummm Ummmm

    January 10, 2011 03:42pm

  • fivexii says:

    FiveXII says: It's a great way to use leftover turkey! Great comfort food in the winter!

    January 10, 2011 03:36pm

  • MaryDenney says:

    I will be making this tonight with the ingredients from the recipe. We just had turkey yesterday so this is the perfect leftover for a cold winters night and watching the Oregon Ducks play in the BCS. Perfect for a football game.

    January 10, 2011 03:28pm

  • leslieelaine says:

    What a delightful combination. It makes my mouth water, just reading the recipe. The leftovers are often the inspiration for the selection of a larger turkey.

    January 10, 2011 03:17pm

  • paullankford says:

    It's P. Allen Smith style all the way! The traditional turkey, bacon, and cranberry blended with the somewhat adventurous brie and arugula surrounded by tangy sourdough. All the best of the past with a nod to the new!

    January 10, 2011 02:41pm

  • says:

    I love the After-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich because the arugula is tantalizing to the tongue and the chutney makes your mouth water it has all my loves all on one sandwich just sounds Happy :)

    January 10, 2011 02:37pm

  • bmajkszak says:

    Great alternative to the traditional "leftover" turkey sandwich......but why wait for Thanksgiving when this can be enjoyed all year long!

    January 10, 2011 02:01pm

  • kleprey says:

    I love Thanksgiving...especially turkey and cranberries! The chutney sounds delish! I will be trying that out for sure! YMMMMM!

    January 10, 2011 01:40pm

  • Ali says:

    Even tho, cranberries & turkey go together like peas & carrots--it's the buttered grilled sourdough bread that makes it delish!

    January 10, 2011 01:30pm

  • daisy522 says:

    The cranberry chutney and turkey on sourdough bread sounds amazing!

    January 10, 2011 01:03pm

  • sararay says:

    "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true treasure of our Thanksgiving." W.T. Parkiser Using our "food blessings" once more to make this delicious sandwich is truly a tasty treasure.

    January 10, 2011 12:54pm

  • dyanbuffa says:

    I'm looking for the cranberry chutney recipe too!

    January 10, 2011 12:42pm

  • says:

    A turkey sandwich with the zip of cranberry is an all time winner - makes the palate very happy!

    January 10, 2011 12:40pm

  • says:

    Thanksgiving has always been my favorite time of year. Fabulous food, family, and friends! I especially enjoy the leftovers, and this recipe will make great use of them! Can't wait to try it, sounds amazing :)

    January 10, 2011 12:09pm

  • Pitt says:

    Left over turkey with cranberry sauce, wheat bread, with a little mayo, and as skedwards says, a couple slices of crisp bacon, is a delight.

    January 10, 2011 12:08pm

  • hjane1 says:

    As a widow who lives alone I live on really good sandwich recipes. This will be a fovorite and not just for leftovers.

    January 10, 2011 12:01pm

  • jeancastle says:

    I like this recipe but would really appreciate a recipe for the cranberry chutney.

    January 10, 2011 11:50am

  • Granjan says:

    After cooking for family Christmases 58 years the best moments are sitting down to enjoy a turkey sandwich the "day after!" Almost always have these foods on hand with the possible exception of arugula.

    January 10, 2011 11:45am

  • says:

    It's always refreshing to get new recipe ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers! It's probably my favorite part of the holiday!

    January 10, 2011 11:30am

  • says:

    After reading this recipe, all I can say is "eat your heart out, mayo, lettuce and tomato"!!!

    January 10, 2011 11:30am

  • rejekt says:

    I love turkey and cranberries. This is a great recipe, I like to keep turkey breast in the house for quick sandwiches. So now I am thinking about the brussel sprouts along with the sandwich.

    January 10, 2011 11:06am

  • skedwards says:

    I'm always on the lookout for recipes for leftovers, especially after the holidays. I love the addition of crispy bacon on this sandwich. This is a sandwich that is not only very family friendly, but something I wouldn't mind serving to guests either.

    January 10, 2011 10:24am

  • says:

    What a great combo! Love turkey, love cranberries, love Brie! I would leave off the bacon though as I am semi-vegetarian. Good heavens, my mouth is watering as I type long until lunch?

    January 10, 2011 09:59am

  • mellon says:

    Love, love, love a left over turkey sandwich with cranberry relish.

    January 7, 2011 01:54pm

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