Thursday, November 17, 2011

Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Panini with Goat Cheese & Cherry Chutney

I promised there would be talk of the sandwiches we made with our delicious Maple Brined Cherrywood Smoked Turkey. And I can't leave you in suspense any longer.  After all, these little morsels were so stellar that you're going to want to try them out for yourself just as soon as you have some of your own Thanksgiving turkey leftovers on hand.

Before we get to the details of the sandwiches themselves, I'm going to take the opportunity to put in a plug for this cherry chutney recipe, which is quickly becoming one of our all-time favorite condiments.

Though it might not be quite as traditional as your usual cranberry sauce, I'm going to challenge you to consider making up a batch to put right out there on your Thanksgiving table.  It's tart and delicious.  And it goes perfectly with turkey. And stuffing.  It's also delicious spread on one of those dinner rolls you're bound to have left over.

Which brings me to the sandwich at hand.  These little beauties make use of leftover dinner rolls, one of the holiday staples that seem to get thrown out more than re-heated.  So, I like to think that these sandwiches are born of thrift.  They're also super fast to throw together, which makes them the perfect dinner for one of those busy weeknights that become inevitable as the holidays draw closer.

Since the goal here is to make you hungry, let me give you a quick glimpse into the sort of sandwich I'm talking about.  Just imagine a crisp, warm panini-pressed sprouted grain dinner roll spread with a liberal amount of fresh goat cheese, dolloped with cherry chutney and topped with delicious smoked turkey and fresh arugula.  Sweet-tart, tangy, smoky, peppery -- all of these flavors come together in glorious harmony as you bite into this crisp little slider.
Reminiscent of the holidays, but definitely more than just a repeat, these delicious snack-sized sandwiches are sure to please. The best part  is that, since they're small, you can even gobble up more than one.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Eat well. Enjoy family and friends.  We'll lift our glasses to you at our holiday table!

Post-Thanksgiving Panini with Goat Cheese & Cherry Chutney

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  1. what a beauty! Love cherries and goat cheese together. Yum.

  2. I haven't broken out my panini press yet this fall, but it's time - this recipe looks to die for! Regardless of if we have leftover turkey or not, I'm going to be all over that cherry and goat cheese combo. Yum!

  3. This sounds soooo good, I might have to try it! I always have too much turkey left over and never know what to do with it since I'm not really into turkey sandwiches. But this looks too good not to try. :)

  4. My mouth is watering now just looking at it! Super recipe! Very easy to made!

  5. Goat cheese and cherries? Wow, this is the ultimate turkey sandwich. Looks so good!

  6. Since we're not actually celebrating thanksgiving I will not be using leftover turkey at this moment but we are planning to make our first ever turkey for Christmas and I love the sound of the chutney. Plus those sandwiches look perfect for after Christmas too!

  7. You made me swoon a little with your description! The chutney sounds incredible paired with the goat cheese! This beats my leftover turkey sandwich any day.

  8. I love goat cheese and arugula on sandwiches. I have an extra turkey that I am looking forward to cooking for more leftovers!

  9. Sounds like a tasty post-Thanksgiving sandwich. Although we've finished all the leftovers this is one i'd love to try.


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