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Recipe For Turkey Sandwich With Manchego Cheese, Watercress, and Pear Butter

'Wich of the Week: Turkey, Manchego, and Pear Butter

I love sandwiches born out of serendipity — when a handful of ingredients you happen to have on hand comes together in perfect combination. Sometimes, you enjoy them just once, but often, these spur-of-the-moment creations become sandwiches you make again and again. Such is the case with this turkey sandwich, served on rustic Italian bread I bought to serve with soup, manchego cheese leftover from a dinner party, and some pear butter homemade by a fellow Sugar staffer.

Turkey is my go-to sandwich protein, from my daily turkey delights to more clever and decadent creations. So I'm always looking for creative twists on the basic turkey sammie. Since manchego cheese is often served with quince paste to complement its sharp, salty flavor, I paired it with the sweet, spiced pear butter. If you're not lucky enough to have homemade pear butter on hand, apple butter is just as tasty. Slightly bitter watercress makes a great green garnish against the hearty bread. To get the recipe,


Turkey Sandwich With Manchego Cheese and Pear Butter

Turkey Sandwich With Manchego Cheese and Pear Butter

Recipe For Turkey Sandwich With Manchego Cheese and Pear Butter


  1. 2 slices of rustic Italian bread, about 1/2 an inch thick
  2. 2 tablespoons pear or apple butter
  3. 2 slices smoked turkey
  4. 3 slices of manchego cheese, thinly sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  6. 1/4 cup watercress


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Place the two slices of bread on a baking sheet. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of pear or apple butter on one of the slices.
  3. Place the turkey slices on top of the pear butter, then top with cheese.
  4. On the other piece of bread, spread a thin layer of pear butter, followed by the Dijon mustard.
  5. Place both slices in the oven for about 5 minutes, until cheese has just started to melt.
  6. Remove from the oven and arrange the watercress over the cheese. Cover with mustard-coated bread slice.
  7. Cut in half and serve immediately.

Makes one sandwich.

Join The Conversation
marbe22 marbe22 8 years
How do you call the green vegetable?
Allinds33 Allinds33 8 years
manchengo is available at stop and shop and reasonably priced!!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love turkey!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
It sounds delicious! :drool:
ellenp1214 ellenp1214 8 years
this sounds fantastic! i love sandwiches with layers of contrasting flavors like this.
sabs sabs 8 years
1 - where was i during the pear butter train?! 2 - this sounds delicious 3 - holy cow that's a gorgeous top photo.!!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
:drool: Turkey, cheese, pear butter, and rustic bread? What's not to love?
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I have manchego at home, now I just need some turkey to make this — yum!
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 8 years
Turkey is so versatile. Manchego is not that hard to find and it is one of my favorite cheeses. Gorgeous pictures.
emalove emalove 8 years
That sounds delicious...I love turkey sandwiches and am always looking for ways to "jazz them up".
Community-Manager Community-Manager 8 years
Beautiful pictures and that sandwich looks tasty!!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
that looks tasty, is there any other kind of cheese you would suggest. Not sure how easy it would be to find the manchego.
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