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Day After Thanksgiving Panini and a bowl of gravy on a wooden cutting board

Day After Thanksgiving Panini

Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Day After Thanksgiving Panini, sandwich, Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 328kcal
This Day After Thanksgiving Panini is just sublime. Use your favorite leftovers from the feast from the day before. It doesn't get much better than this!
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  • Panini press, or grill skillet, or large skillet


  • 8 slices bread sliced
  • 8 slices cheese such as Provolone, Swiss, or Gruyere
  • 3 cups dressing warmed
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups roasted turkey warmed, sliced
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes warmed
  • 2 tbs oil olive oil or vegetable
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened, or melted
  • homemade pan gravy wamred, for dipping


  • On a cutting board, place 4 slices of bread. To the bread, layer cheese, dressing, cranberry sauce, turkey, mashed potatoes, another layer of dressing and another layer of cheese. Top with remaining bread.
  • Turn on a panini press, or heat oil in a grill pan, or large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Butter the top slice of bread for each sandwich. Carefully tranfer the sandwich to the panini press, grill pan, or hot skillet, butter-side down.
  • If desired, add a heavy skillet onto the sandwiches. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Check the underside of the sandwich. If brown, add butter to the top layer of bread, then carefully flip. If not browned, let cook for another minute or so, until browned. Then flip. (No need to do this step if using a panini press).
  • Remove from skillet, slice, and serve with warmed gravy at once.



Use your favorite type of sandwich bread. We love sourdough. Don't get too thinly sliced bread.  Thicker is better, but not too thick, if cutting yourself.
Heat all the filling ingredients briefly in the microwave before assembling the panini.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1059IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 518mg | Iron: 3mg