Thanksgiving is coming up really soon, so we all want to experiment with the star ingredient for a holiday, which is turkey, of course. Turkey Melt Sandwiches are truly the best thing anyone who loves turkey and sandwiches could enjoy. So, let us take a look at how easily and quickly you can whip one of them up in this article!
We have all enjoyed grilled cheese sandwiches at some point in our lives. They are ooey, gooey, and just plain delicious with all the fat and savory flavor. But, when simple sandwiches get boring, we all look for elevation in flavor.
I do feel that Thanksgiving is one of the most perfect times to let out your creativity with food, simply because there are just so many elements that you can use! Of course, this is mainly because Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where we always end up having too many leftovers, which can be easily used to come up with a completely new dish.
However, in the case of turkey melt sandwiches, it doesn’t really matter if you have leftovers or would like to use fresh deli turkey. In either case, you can whip one of these up to make them taste absolutely delicious!
So, let’s have a look at how exactly you can make one of these turkey melts. You will get a detailed guide starting with the equipment you need to make them, followed by the amount of time, ingredients, method, and also nutritional values. So, let’s dive right into it!
Other Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Try
- chef john’s roast turkey and gravy
- chef john’s make ahead turkey gravy
- Leftover Turkey Hash
- Alton Brown’s Classic Brined And Roasted Turkey
- Salt Crusted Turkey
- Apple Cider Brined Turkey
- BBQ Turkey
- Turkey Sandwich
- Hot Turkey Sandwich
- Turkey And Cheese Sandwich
What Equipment Will You Need To Make Turkey Melt Sandwiches?
- Bowl – One of the most humble yet, important equipment of them all. You will need a medium-sized bowl to make the mayonnaise and vinegar spread.
- Spoon – A few tablespoons will be required to measure out some of the ingredients. Don’t worry, as this isn’t baking, and you don’t need as much precision; you can use regular tablespoons in place of measuring spoons.
- Knife – A large knife will be a handy tool to slice your turkey meat, in case it is not carved already. Moreover, you will also need a large knife to cut your sandwich once it is ready.
- Cutting Board – Yet again, for easy cutting of the sandwich, tomatoes, and also carving the deli meat, a cutting board will be needed.
- Butter Knife – To spread butter onto the bread, you will need a butter knife. You can also use a paring knife, in case you don’t have a butter knife.
- Frying Pan – A frying pan will be needed to fry the bacon and make it crispy and delicious.
- Skillet – To toast your sandwich with a hearty amount of butter, you will need a skillet. A cast iron skillet will work best. However, you can use any skillet you like.
How Much Time Will You Need To Make Turkey Melt Sandwiches?
|Preparation Time||Cooking Time||Total Time|
|10 Minutes||10 Minutes||20 Minutes|
What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Turkey Melt Sandwiches?
- Turkey Slices – The first and foremost ingredient needed to make turkey melt sandwiches is the turkey, of course. You can use leftover roasted turkey from Thanksgiving if you would like, or even use fresh deli turkey. In either case, you will need ½ pound for two sandwiches.
- Bacon – Bacon will add the savory and umami flavor that elevates this sandwich to a whole new level. For two sandwiches, four strips of bacon will be enough.
- Sourdough Bread – For this sandwich, my recommendation would be to use sourdough bread just because of the extra crispiness. However, you can instead go for brioche bread, too, in case you want your sandwich to have a really rich flavor.
- Cheddar Cheese – Sharp cheddar cheese will add great flavor to this sandwich. In case you don’t like cheddar too much, you can also use Monterey jack cheese instead. Four slices of either cheese will do.
- Tomato – Tomatoes will add a slightly acidic flavor to the sandwich, which works quite well in this case. In any case, cheese and tomato are a great combination, don’t you think? Two medium-sized tomatoes or a single large tomato cut into eight slices will be enough. You can also skip adding tomatoes, in case you aren’t too keen on them.
- Butter – Butter will be needed to apply onto the sandwich before toasting, as it will give it a wonderful char and flavor. Two tablespoons of salted butter should be enough.
- Mayonnaise – To add an extra creamy element to the turkey melt, you will need three tablespoons of mayonnaise. Don’t worry; we won’t be using it just as it is!
- Red Wine Vinegar – Red wine vinegar, when mixed with mayonnaise, creates a tart and creamy spread, which works very well in this recipe. A teaspoon of it will do. However, you can also use white vinegar in case you don’t have red wine vinegar.
- Black Pepper – Lastly, just for a little kick of spice, you will need about a teaspoon of black pepper to be added to the mayonnaise spread.
Steps To Make Turkey Melt Sandwiches
1. Prepare All The Components
The first step to getting this sandwich ready is to prepare all the components that go into it. For that, start off by frying the bacon in a frying pan till it is crispy. You can also heat the turkey in the frying pan with the lard from the bacon to give it an extra crispy exterior with a rich flavor.
Slice the tomatoes and keep them aside. Mix the mayonnaise with the vinegar in a bowl and keep it aside. Butter the bread slices, making sure the buttered side is on the outside. That’s all the prep you have to do!
2. Assemble The Sandwich
Once all your pre-prep is done, you can start assembling the sandwiches. For that, make sure the buttered side is on the outside and spread some of the mayonnaise and wine mixes on the inside. On top of that, lay out the turkey, bacon, tomatoes, and finally, the cheese slices. Cover it with another slice of bread, again making sure that the buttered side stays on top.
3. Cook And Serve
Once you are done assembling the sandwich, all you have to do is toast it! For that, heat the skillet for a few minutes on medium flame. Make sure you don’t heat it on a very high flame or for a very long time, as that will increase the temperature a bit too much, and as soon as you place the sandwich in the skillet, the butter will reach its smoking point.
This will end up giving your sandwich too much of a char, which isn’t necessarily required. So, start off at a medium flame and keep at it while toasting the sandwich. Toast each side for 2-3 minutes, until it is nice and crispy. Once done, take it off the flame onto a chopping board, slice, and serve!
What Can Be Served Along With The Turkey Melt Sandwich?
- Tomato Soup – Grilled cheese and tomato soup are a classic that can never go wrong. This elevated version of a grilled cheese sandwich tastes really good if dipped in tomato soup.
- Sweet Potato Fries – Sweet potato fries make a great accompaniment to most sandwiches, and I can guarantee that if you serve them with this sandwich, you’ll almost feel like you’re enjoying your sandwich at a deli!
- Poutine – This Canadian favorite packs all Thanksgiving flavors in one. Fries topped with gravy and cheese curds will truly give you the flavors of the holiday and complement the sandwich well.
- Potato Chips – Potato chips and sandwiches are a great combination, so you can go down the simple route and serve them along with your turkey melt.
- Side Salad – In case the sandwich is already too indulgent for you, you can always serve a simple side salad with a vinaigrette dressing along with it.
|Total Fat||40 grams|
|Saturated Fat||15 grams|
|Trans Fat||1 gram|
|Vitamin A||924 micrograms|
|Vitamin C||8 milligrams|
What Will The Turkey Melt Sandwich Look And Taste Like?
The turkey melt sandwich truly looks like an elevated version of a grilled cheese sandwich. Once you cut into one of these sandwiches, you’ll see how the sandwich is stacked with meat and tomatoes, along with all the ooey and gooey cheese in it. It sure looks like something you got at a diner rather than a homemade sandwich!
Talking about the flavor, this sandwich is completely indulgent, with all the savory, buttery, and umami flavors from the meat and cheese. Paired with the vinegar mayonnaise spread, it also has a little bit of a sour flavor, which balances with the flavor of the meat and cheese perfectly well.
Turkey Melt Sandwich Recipe
- 1/2 pound Turkey Slices
- 4 strips Bacon
- 4 slices Sourdough Bread
- 4 slices Cheddar Cheese
- 8 slices Tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 1 teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Mix the mayonnaise and red wine vinegar in a bowl and keep it aside.
- Slice the tomatoes and keep them aside. Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a frying pan until crispy and then take it off the flame.
- Butter the bread slices, making sure the buttered side is outside.
- Spread the mayonnaise and red wine mixture on 2 of the bread slices, making sure they are on the inside.
- On the bread slices, lay out the turkey, bacon, tomatoes and cheese slices and place the top bread slice, with the buttered side towards the outside.
- Heat the skillet on a medium flame for a few minutes and once it is sufficiently hot, place the sandwiches in the skillet and let each side toast for 2-3 minutes, or until they have a golden char.
- Once the sandwiches are toasted, take them off the heat, slice them diagonally and serve with your favorite sides!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it necessary to use bacon in this sandwich?
Bacon will add an extra layer of flavor and texture to the sandwich for sure. However, in case you don’t like bacon or don’t eat pork, you can skip it.
Is there a substitute for bacon?
Yes, if pork bacon is something you don’t prefer, you can instead use turkey bacon or even beef bacon.
What can be used in place of red wine vinegar?
You can use white wine vinegar or simply white vinegar if you don’t have red wine vinegar.
Can this sandwich be made in a panini press instead of a skillet?
Yes, you can make this sandwich in a panini press, if you would like, in place of a skillet.
Can bacon grease be used in place of butter to toast the sandwiches?
Yes, if you like the flavor of bacon grease more than that of butter, you can go ahead and use it to toast your sandwiches.
This turkey melt sandwich is truly an elevated version of a regular grilled cheese. The savory flavors of the bacon, turkey and cheese, cut by the creaminess of the mayonnaise creates a perfect balance. Moreover, this sandwich can be served with a number of sides, to make it a perfect meal!