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Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Transform Thanksgiving Leftovers Into an Unbelieveable Grilled Cheese

What's the best part about Thanksgiving? The leftovers, of course! Chef Eric Greenspan has whipped up the ultimate turkey-stuffed grilled cheese that will keep your taste buds remembering those Thanksgiving festivities a few extra days.

Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese

From Eric Greenspan

Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese


  1. For cranberry sage jam:
    2 cups fresh cranberries
    2 cups granulated sugar
    2 ounces fresh sage leaves
  1. For fried shallots:
    1 cup shallots, peeled and sliced
    2 cups buttermilk
    Oil for frying
    1 cup flour
    Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. For grilled cheese:
    8 slices rye bread
    1/4 cup cranberry sage jam
    8 slices medium cheddar cheese
    1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey breast
    1/4 pound green beans, ends trimmed
    1/4 cup fried shallots
    1/2 pound butter
    1/4 cup parmesan, finely grated
    2 ounces fresh sage leaves


  1. To make cranberry sage jam: Add fresh cranberries, sugar, and sage to a saucepan set over medium heat. Let cook until cranberries have broken down and a jam-like consistency is reached. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. To make fried shallots: Soak sliced shallots in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Remove shallots from buttermilk and toss in seasoned flour. Fry until crispy and let drain on a paper-towel-lined plate.
  3. To make grilled cheese: Assemble sandwich in the following order: rye bread, cranberry sage jam, slice of cheddar cheese, 2 slices of turkey breast, green beans, fried shallots, another slice of cheese, and top with bread.
  4. Heat cooktop to a medium-high heat and coat with butter. Spread a generous layer of butter on top of the sandwich, sprinkle with sage leaves, and dust with parmesan. Place the parmesan cheese side down in pan and cook until crispy. Flip and cook bottom until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Serve immediately.
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