Last week, Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo posted Food 52’s version of a Thanksgivukkah sandwich (without actual bread of course) on her Facebook page and needless to say, I had to wipe the drool off my keyboard. This recipe’s very much inspired by that photo, but I resolved to make one of my own in my signature stupid-easy style. The result is stripped down a bit in terms of complexity but still huge on flavor.
How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers
What we’ve got here are sweet potato “buns” serving as the bread of the sandwich, layered with super yummy cranberry apple sauce, roasted peppered turkey breast and some shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon. I served it with the pan juices on the side…fancy gravy not necessary.
You could certainly make the components separately and use for any application you’d like or put it all together and make your own “sandwich” to savor the flavors of Thanksgiving before the holiday actually hits.
The sweet potato buns were inspired by Melissa from The Clothes Make the Girl‘s BBQ Beef “Waffle” Sandwich (p 116) in her killer new book, Well Fed 2. Sadly, I’ve got no waffle iron, so I tweaked the ingredients a bit and made them in potato pancake / bun form.
Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers “Sandwich”
Make the most of your turkey day leftovers with this Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers "Sandwich." It's gluten-free and so delicious!
For the Roasted Turkey Breast
- 1 lb leftover turkey
For the Cranberry Apple Sauce
- 10 oz g fresh cranberries
- 2 cups chopped apples any kind
- 1 large orange zest and juice
- 3 large dried figs chopped
- 2 tsp cinnamon
For the Sweet Potato Buns
- 1 batch Sweet Potato Waffles Recipe
- 8 oz leftover Brussels sprouts
In a pot over medium heat, combine all the cranberry sauce ingredients. Use a microplane grater to remove the orange zest and add that. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat until the cranberries pop and the apples soften. This keeps for several days so you can make it ahead!
Make the Sweet Potato Waffles according to this recipe: https://www.stupideasypaleo.com/2017/01/21/paleo-sweet-potato-waffles-gluten-free/
Finally, assemble your sandwich: Half a waffle as the base, turkey, cranberry sauce, leftover Brussels sprouts, and the other half a waffle.