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Turkey and Cranberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This Turkey and Cranberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich is the perfect way to use those Thanksgiving leftovers. Melty cheese, turkey, and cranberry sauce plus a little Dijon to spice things up, this sandwich will be great for lunches.
Keyword: bbq beef sandwiches, cranberry sauce, grilled cheese, leftovers, lunch, Thanksgiving, turkey, turkey cranberry grilled cheese sandwich
Servings: 4 sandwiches


  • 8 slices thick bread
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 12 - 16 ounces (about one pound) sliced turkey
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce (homemade or canned)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened (to spread easily)


  • Gather all of your ingredients together so that you can assemble the sandwiches easily. Over medium heat, heat a large skillet or griddle.
  • This recipe will make four sandwiches. Spread Dijon mustard on 4 slices of the bread. Then top with two slices of provolone cheese and about a few slices of turkey. Spoon about 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce over the turkey and top with another slice of provolone and a final slice of bread.
  • Spread one side of each sandwich with a generous helping of butter. Place the sandwiches with the butter side down onto the skillet. Carefully top the sandwich with butter. Cook until golden brown on the first side, about 2 minutes, and flip to brown the other side. When both sides are browned, remove the sandwiches from the skillet and serve warm.
  • Great tip to use if you can't fit all four sandwiches in the skillet:</em></strong> Preheat the oven to 250. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack inside. Place the already grilled sandwiches on the rack and set in oven to keep warm.


Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

  • I find it best to bring the ingredients to room temperature before grilling the sandwiches. This way the turkey and cranberry sauce will heat through while the bread is toasting.
  • Homemade or canned cranberry sauce works well.
  • Any kind of thick bread is great to use, we like to use my homemade Rosemary bread.
  • If you prefer not to use Dijon, any mustard will be great on this sandwich.
  • Change up the cheese to use your favorite.
  • No leftover turkey? Use deli turkey meat.