A Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich: Hugh’s Low-Waste Recipe:  

Looking for a creative way to minimize post-thanksgiving food waste? This sandwich recipe is perfect for anyone who has a bit of turkey leftover from the Holiday, and can incorporate any leftovers you might have – the possibilities are endless! 


¼ to ½ pound of roast Turkey 

2 slices of thick, white bread 

(or, you can make several mini-sandwiches using yeast rolls – as I will probably do) 

¼ cup leftover scalloped potatoes

¼ cup leftover stuffing 

¼ cup leftover creamed spinach

2 TBSP leftover cranberry sauce 

2 TBSP mayonnaise 

2 TBSP dijon or spicy brown mustard 

1 TSP room temperature butter

Clove of garlic 

Squeeze of lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • Coat saucepan over medium-high heat with a thin layer of butter. 
  • Before the butter browns but is still bubbly, warm leftover turkey and potatoes in the pan until both are crispy on both sides. 
  • While the turkey and potatoes are cooking, peel the garlic and rub both sides of each piece of bread with garlic, then with the softened butter. 
  • Take the turkey and potatoes out of the saucepan, and place onto a paper towel. Place the bread onto the pan and press. Flip after 2-3 minutes. 
  • [Optional] Microwave the stuffing and spinach for 20-40 seconds. 
  • After your bread is sufficiently toasted, add the mayonnaise to one side, and the mustard to another – but the rest of the build is up to you! 
  • Once constructed, place the sandwich on a lined baking sheet and into the oven for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Squeeze with lemon and serve! Also, a little hot sauce never hurts.