If you are wondering what to do with those thanksgiving leftovers, this is definitely the recipe for you! This recipe transforms thanksgiving side dishes into a tasty and cohesive thanksgiving leftover sandwich that your family members will be begging to eat year after year! Thanksgiving sliders might even be their new favorite thanksgiving tradition!
What Sides Should I use In These Holiday Sandwiches?
When I make my thanksgiving sliders, I use left over turkey, truffle mashed potatoes, parsnip puree and gravy. I omit the stuffing because there is already enough bread in the sliders, and I usually don’t make cranberry sauce (I don’t know why, but I’ve never liked it). But don’t let my decisions limit you! There are endless possibilities. The sides that you might consider adding to your slider include, and are not limited to:
- mashed potatoes
- any kind of puree (sweet potato, parsnip)
- cranberry sauce
- corn and peas
- any casseroles (green bean, sweet potato)
- potato gratin
- creamed spinach
Let’s Break It Down:
There are four constants that need to remain in every sandwich for the best tasting thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Those constants are turkey, gravy, mustard and mayonnaise. The turkey and gravy are pretty self explanatory. I highly recommend using mustard because it adds a stout and strong bite that I feel this sandwich really needs. The mayonnaise is essential if the turkey is dry.
How to make leftover thanksgiving sliders:
These sliders are so easy you guys. They are a stack and snack kind of sandwich. First, spread the roll halves with mayonnaise and mustard. Then, take out your thanksgiving leftovers, figure out what flavors go best together, and stack them on dinner rolls! You can also use any ‘cheese board’ ingredients that would go well. Getting creative with the type of cheese you use can really help enhance the flavors of these sliders. Brie cheese melts quickly and tastes AMAZING, as does goat cheese and any herb cheeses. You can also top them with a salami piece, if you have any left over!
I recommend microwaving the gravy for about 1 minute and spooning it over the sliders AFTER they have finished heating up to prevent the gravy from pooling under the sliders.
This is the Le Creuset baking dish I have:
When To Serve These Easy Turkey SLiders?
This is the best leftover turkey recipe, because you can make it up to 3-4 days after you roast a turkey. But don’t feel limited to the thanksgiving holiday to make these delicious mini sandwiches! You can make these year round for an easy make ahead lunch idea, or simple dinner. If you don’t have fresh shredded turkey, you can definitely use turkey cold cuts!
- 9-12 small dinner rolls
- 1/4 cup mustard (I recommend using country mustard, if you have it)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- enough leftover turkey to cover the buns, usually about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of shredded turkey (can also use cold cuts)
- 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 cup other leftover dish (I used parsnip puree)
- 4 ounces leftover cheese (brie is great with this, as is cheddar or any other 'cheese board' cheese)
- 3/4 cup leftover gravy
- Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut and separate the top and bottom halves of the dinner rolls. Spread mayonnaise on the bottom of the rolls and mustard on the top of the rolls. Place the bottom of the rolls in a casserole dish or on a baking sheet.
- Add a small handful of shredded turkey to the bottom half of each bun. Layer on top of that a couple of table spoons of mashed potatoes.
- Layer which ever other side you want to use on top of the mashed potatoes (I use parsnip puree). Top the slider with a slice of cheese, and place the top of the rolls on top.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- If you are using leftover gravy, spoon about 3/4 of a cup of gravy into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 60 seconds. Remove the tops of each slider. Using a spoon, pour a few spoon fulls of gravy over each slider.
- Place the tops back on and enjoy!
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