Hot Turkey Sandwich

The amounts are approximate, we never measure.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 1/2 lb leftover turkey meat, sliced
  • 1/2 cup or so of leftover turkey gravy
  • Stock or water (to thin the gravy if needed)
  • 4 large slices of rustic bread


1 Heat gravy in a skillet until bubbly. If the gravy is too thick, thin with a little stock or water.

2 Add pieces of sliced cooked turkey meat to the gravy. Coat with the gravy on all sides and heat until the meat is heated through.

3 Arrange a slice of bread (rustic French or Italian loaf would work great) on a plate. Top with sliced turkey and gravy.

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  • Rick Grunwald

    This sounds good but a REAL thanksgiving evening sandwich must have stuffing and cranberry sauce. Nothing less than a gourmand’s delight will do. :))

  • Mallory

    Yep we always do this with our leftovers too! It’s especially good with a dollop of cranberry sauce right on top!

  • Cookie

    Oh, wow…thanks. THAT’S the step I was missing: heating up the gravy with the turkey slices.

    We never did turkeys when I was growing up. Always a pair of fresh capons, roasted on a spit over a charcoal fire in the large dining room fireplace of our 19th-c Bucks County farmhouse. I remember basting the birds with melted butter and red wine vinegar to the whine of the rotisserie motor and the spitting of the juices on the coals. My dad had installed a 1′ by 4′ by 6″ deep open charcoal grill “basket” with a removable electric rotisserie in the big old fireplace. Can you picture that? Sans the rotisserie, we’d also grill thick marinated Porterhouses year-round. Not quite the fireside cooking the original owners had known, but it was so commonplace for me that I didn’t realize till years later how unusual those meals were.

  • mazwe

    Oh yeah. I had an open faced turkey sandwich for lunch today, and it was amazing. I did add some butter, stock and garlic powder to get rid that gamey taste.

    I think I have enough for one more. Looking forward to it!

  • Susan

    Amen! The hot turkey sandwich is what it’s all about after Thanksgiving day in our house, too. We do it two ways, either on bread or on leftover stuffing and always for dinner only. For lunch it’s a cold turkey sandwich, on white with a scoop of the leftover sauerkraut and a scoop of leftover cranberry sauce. Yum!

  • Whitney PoohPooh

    This is a delicious way to enjoy the last of the Thanksgiving turkey, so simple. We have already had the second heating of the leftovers, and snacked on Chuck’s Mac & Cheese (best we ever tasted, hubby said was better than his Grandmother’s!). I was making traditional turkey with some leftovers when my husband insisted that I add tomatoes. Wow! It was delicious! I never had it that way before. Now there is only enough turkey left for sandwiches. I’m going make this hot turkey recipe with toasted texas garlic bread and enjoy on this rainy day. My little family has much to be grateful for this year.

  • Becki's Whole Life

    We are doing these for dinner tonight. I think one of the key things with this recipe is to definitely simmer the gravy with the turkey before hand. You can’t skip that step or the turkey doesn’t get nice and moist and it needs to be completely covered by the gravy. Yum, your pictures are making me hungry for dinner.

  • Paula

    We went to my Mom’s for Thanksgiving so I had to make a 18lb turkey on Friday because we didn’t have leftovers. We had turkey dumpling soup on Saturday. We inhaled your turkey enchiladas yesterday and my kids can’t wait for lunch to eat the last of the turkey. The 4 of them are eating this now for breakfast (with white bread, we are out of Italian bread).
    Hubby says that this is the true breakfast of champions. I think that it beats flipping pancakes. I am thankful for all of your great recipies!

  • Omeghan

    O M G ! A hot turkey sandwich! I love these. Only thing missing is a side of home made chips (french fries)

    These are common leftovers here in Canada, (Ontario & Quebec) Also done with roast beef or chicken.

    Now, I can barely wait til I have my own Christmas turkey & leftovers….

  • Marty

    Love that. And with a little smear of homemade cranberry sauce? Perfection! Great sandwich.

  • DebbieWS

    We just had this for lunch today. And it the gravy is done. Just have enough turkey for Turkey Salad Sandwich tomorrow. It’s a recipe I learned from a Deli I work in back in the late 70’s.

  • Kitten with a Whisk

    We did this as well on Friday. The only difference was using leftover rolls and adding some stuffing on there too.

    So so so so yummy.

  • Alanna Kellogg

    Ditto in my family except that mashed potatoes are there too and it’s called a “Hot Turkey” a la “Hot Beef”. (It’s a Minnesota thing, your dad may know.)

  • Melissa K

    My husband totally does this, too. I, on the other hand, must have my Day-After turkey sandwich on fresh white sandwich bread, with mayo, stuffing, and cranberries. Oh, so good.