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Amelia Islander

Leftovers? No Worries!

Nov 25, 2013 02:00AM
Each Thanksgiving it seems that it takes less time to actually create the meal than it does to figure out what to do with all those leftovers. Over the years I’ve learned to make a little less food, and that helps, but not when it comes to the turkey, which is always bigger than one family can eat.

My favorite New England diner food is the Pilgrim Sandwich, which is basically all your Thanksgiving leftovers piled on white bread, smothered in gravy. Last year I decided to upscale my Pilgrim Sandwich, by using Cuban bread and hot-pressing the sandwich. Then I used the gravy as a dipping sauce and served the cranberry sauce on the side. It was delicious – the fact that I smoked the turkey last year was a plus, and I added some Fontina cheese, which glued it all together. It’s a great way to use leftovers!

Black Friday Pilgrim Sandwich Slice one loaf of Cuban Bread horizontally. Slather the inside of each half with mayonnaise – I used horseradish mayonnaise on mine. Then on the bottom half lay some fontina cheese, then a thin layer of stuffing, then a layer of turkey, then more cheese, then lay the other half of the Cuban bread on top. Spread some butter on the bread and hot press the sandwich on a sandwich press. If your press isn’t big enough, cut the sandwich into several pieces first. Depending on the size of your Cuban bread, you should get 2-3 servings out of each loaf. Serve the sandwich with some hot gravy on the side for dipping, and a bit of cranberry sauce.