Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

A sweet and savory way to use your leftover turkey! If it doesn’t happen to be anywhere near a turkey holiday, then smoked chicken is a wonderful substitute!

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

The final week of a year is always full of ups and downs for me.

The excitement of New Year’s Eve and a fresh start are exhilarating, and the instant reduction of stress after Christmas is over is one of the best feelings I could ask for.

However, the anticipation that builds as Christmas grows closer is gone, and after the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, announcing 365 days of a new year, the holidays are officially over. And the little girl inside of me is terribly sad.

No more jingling bells, no more festively decorated houses. The radio stations go back to playing their normal music over and over again, and the red and green of the traffic lights no longer bring a silly smile to my face.

But even though the holiday season is drawing to a close for another year, we’ll still be enjoying our leftovers for a few days, right?! Why not jazz up that 3rd day turkey by using it in this Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sandwich?

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Yes, indeed. I’m one of those weirdos who get post-holiday blues instead of mid-holiday blues.

One things that can always put a smile on my face is leftover turkey, regardless of season. And I suppose, in a pinch, cousin chicken does the trick, also.

This sandwich, combining slow cooked poultry, toasted almonds, sweet Honeycrisp apples, tart cranberries, and a bit of crushed red pepper heat cooled by some Greek yogurt, is so refreshing and makes a great light meal all year round. I have made this multiple times, using both chicken and turkey, and it has been delightful every time.

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

But it’s still the best after Christmas, in my opinion. It makes the transition from Holly Jolly to Auld Lang Syne that much more bearable!

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Yield: 2 sandwiches


  • 6-8 ounces leftover turkey or smoked chicken, shredded
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Spinach leaves
  • Ciabatta rolls or your favorite bread


  1. Combine turkey, apple, dried cranberries, almonds, and scallion in a medium bowl.
  2. Add mayonnaise/Greek yogurt, mustard, garlic powder, salt and peppers and toss until well combined.
  3. Layer spinach leaves on the bottom half of your roll or bread, then scoop a hearty helping of turkey mixture on top. Add top half of bun and serve! (I recommend a warm glass of cider with this sandwich!)

What’s your favorite way to use your holiday leftovers?

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

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Erica has baking in her blood. Raised by her homemaker Great-Grandmother, she was brought up in the kitchen, learning little hints and tricks that led her to her current bakery manager career. A native Floridian, she loves to enjoy everything her home state has to offer, especially when it comes to food. She often collaborates with her husband on recipes, and every once in a while, her dog, Vader, gets the scraps! Her blog, The Crumby Cupcake, is fairly new, but she is trying to carve out her little corner of the internet with her originality, creativity, humor, and beautiful food photography. Throughout her adventures, she hopes to inspire others to create delicious food and live happy lives by sharing her joy, both in the kitchen and out.

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