Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben

by on November 23, 2011

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Each Thanksgiving I like to come up with new leftover turkey panini recipes to share with you guys. Some of my past favorites have been Turkey Jalapeño Melt Panini (based on one of my husband’s favorite sandwiches from a local deli) and Turkey Cuban Panini (inspired by a Bobby Flay recipe). This year I’ve given two classic sandwiches a Thanksgiving twist. First up is my Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben.

If you know the traditional Reuben, you’re familiar with a robust sandwich piled with corned beef or pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, served on rye bread. A turkey Reuben – also known as a Rachel or a California Reuben – substitutes turkey and cole slaw in place of beef and sauerkraut. To bring in even more Thanksgiving flavor, I made a cranberry Russian dressing and tossed it with cabbage to make a very pink and zesty cole slaw.

“This is delicious!” was my husband Mike’s immediate reaction. That cranberry cole slaw in the middle of the sandwich is such a fabulous flavor burst. I made the slaw a little extra wet to have more of that great dressing but you can always adjust to your own taste. Read on for the recipe…and stay tuned for one more leftover Thanksgiving panini recipe coming up tomorrow!

Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben

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1 lo November 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

You got me… Reuben lovers unite!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family… Enjoy those leftovers!
lo´s last blog post ..Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Panini with Goat Cheese & Cherry Chutney

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2 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

great idea! Have a happy holiday!
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3 vanillasugarblog November 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm

you are brilliant.
lord knows the creations i could do if i had one of these!
i know they are on sale come friday but to be honest i still need to get a kitchen aid mixer! i know wild right?
happy thanksgiving girl!
(sorry i’ve been so absent)
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4 Kathy November 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm

By all means, Dawn – get the mixer!! You know you’ll put that thing to good use! Happy Thanksgiving to you too. :-)

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5 Carolyn Jung November 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

My brother and his wife are cooking the feast this year. But I just might have to pilfer some leftover turkey to make this outstanding day-after panini with! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! ;)
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6 Geez Louise! November 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Cranberry Russian dressing? wow, I think I would love that! Happy Thanksgiving… I’m baking some bread tomorrow for leftover sandwiches…

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7 The Americaine November 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

Wow, these look fabulous! I will have to try them out with my leftovers since I am a huge glutton for reubens!

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8 marla November 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

Love it! Sharing in my post today :)

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9 Kathy November 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

Thank you! :-)

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10 Nate @ House of Annie November 30, 2011 at 2:17 am

Yes, that does sound absolutely delicious. Too bad I don’t have any turkey or cranberry sauce to fix one… :-(
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