Today's lunch mission had to be quick and easy. After an early morning at the ballet studio, I'm tired and knew we still had a few errands to run. This is the weekend my husband is to install a new water faucet to replace our old one that is dripping. It's driving me crazy to see water drip out of that thing because I know it's wasteful!
With that in mind, I decided a quick hot sandwich would do the trick. Back in May, I met my husband downtown and we had a "lunch date". We decided to go to a local little hole in the wall deli and I had an incredible hot turkey sandwich that I couldn't stop thinking about. The only problem was, the sandwich cost almost $8 for one! Yikes. Way too much to do on a regular basis, so I decided I'd have to do my best to create my own version of this wonderful sandwich if I was going to have it again any time soon. The rest is history.
Here's what you'll need:
Hot Turkey Sandwich w/cranberry mayo on sourdough
1 lb smoked turkey
1 loaf sour dough bread (I used a fresh baked kind I found at Meijer)
1 block Havarti cheese ( I was thrilled to find this at Aldi for $2.99)
1 can whole cranberry sauce
1/3 cup mayo (I use the fat-free kind)
Butter or margarine for bread (optional - I used sprayable butter to mist my bread)
Slice the cheese and bread to desired thickness. Havarti cheese is a soft cheese so be careful.
Combine mayo and cranberry sauce in a food processor (or blender)
Puree until it reaches desired consistency. I like mine to have small bits, but not huge chunks of cranberries.
Apply butter to outside of bread. Spread inside layer with a tablespoon (or more if you like) of cranberry mayo. Layer turkey and cheese on other slice of bread.
Assemble sandwich and place on panini grill. If you do not have a panini grill, you can place sandwich on a non-stick pan or outdoor grill if desired.
Grill until nicely golden brown and cheese is melted.