Turkey, Cranberry & Havarti Panini (My 50th!)

It’s my 50th sandwich – woo hoo!  The people have spoken and Turkey, Cranberry & Havarti Panini it is.  Excellent choice, folks!  It’s the cranberry sauce that really make this one “taste like Thanksgiving”.  The buttery flavor of the Havarti is an excellent complement to the sweet-tartness of the cranberries.  I grilled the sandwich on a multigrain baguette, but it would also be delicious on some thick slices of homemade wheat bread.

Did you vote for one of the other two sandwich concepts – the Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey, Avocado & Swiss Panini or the Pulled Turkey Sliders with Cranberry BBQ Sauce?  Well, never fear – I’ll be posting those too!  Welcome to the first installment of my 3-part Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches series, designed to give you some easy and tasty ideas for using up your Thanksgiving leftovers, Panini Happy-style.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part 2 or subscribe to never miss a recipe!


Turkey, Cranberry & Havarti Panini


Multigrain baguette, sliced lengthwise
Havarti cheese
Roast turkey
Whole berry cranberry sauce


Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat (375 degrees).

Layer Havarti, turkey and cranberry sauce on one half of the baguette.  Top with the other half of the baguette and press down gently to make the sandwich adhere together.

Grill 3-4 minutes until the cheese is melted.  Serve immediately and enjoy!



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  1. Gillian wrote:

    Congrats on your 50th PaniniKathy!!! 🙂 And Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted 11.25.08 Reply
  2. Esi wrote:

    This is a fabulous milestone…and panini!! Congratulations. I can’t wait to see the other two recipes.

    Posted 11.25.08 Reply
  3. Arlene wrote:

    So many panini, so little time. This year leftovers will be wonderful with my Breville Ikon. Love your turkey/havarti/cranberry creation.

    Posted 11.25.08 Reply
  4. Congrats on your 50th panini! This one looks delicious.

    Posted 11.25.08 Reply
  5. Happy 50th! I thought it was interesting you had people vote on their favorite recipe. Where there any surprises?

    Posted 11.25.08 Reply
  6. grace wrote:

    it’s every bit as lovely and mouth-watering as i thought it’d be. congrats on hitting 50–here’s to at least 50 more. 🙂

    Posted 11.26.08 Reply
  7. Maris wrote:

    This looks every bit as good as I expected it! 🙂 Now I don’t know what I’m more excited for – Thanksgiving dinner, or leftovers on Friday.

    Posted 11.26.08 Reply
  8. Kristen wrote:

    Congrats on #50! This isn’t the sandwich I voted for, but it was only because I can’t resist avocado 🙂 This looks delicious.

    Posted 11.26.08 Reply
  9. Kim wrote:

    Congrats on your 50th post! Keep your pannini grill hot and ready for more. Happy Holidays to you.

    Posted 11.27.08 Reply
  10. HoneyB wrote:

    Conrats on the 50th! This sandwich looks awesome!

    Posted 11.27.08 Reply
  11. Kevin wrote:

    That looks so good! I really like to use cranberry in my turkey sandwiches!

    Posted 11.29.08 Reply
  12. Elle wrote:

    Congrats on your 50th! And guess what? It looks as delicious as I thought it would!

    Posted 12.1.08 Reply
  13. Sandie wrote:

    Yum! I find the combination of cranberry sauce and Havarti completely appealing. Congrats on your 50th panini post! May there be many more delicious sandwiches to come!

    Posted 12.1.08 Reply
  14. Curt wrote:

    I did smoked turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and brie cheese… The brie worked really well with the mix. My favorite leftover sandwich! I was thinking while making one that I needed that panini press I didn’t win to try the panini thing!

    I’m finding a new fave, though… Turkey and pomegranate!

    Posted 12.7.08 Reply
  15. Tartelette wrote:

    Happy 5oth! All the paninis we make from your site have turned out delish! Keep it up!

    Posted 12.9.08 Reply
  16. We were just sitting around wishing Thanksgiving leftovers could be around anytime you snap your fingers! This brings back lovely memories. 🙂

    Posted 12.16.08 Reply
  17. these are on my menu plan this week! ill let u know how they turn out. any suggestions for a different kind of cheese

    Posted 6.20.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Great – I hope you like them! A lot of people like Brie with turkey and cranberry sauce too.

      Posted 6.20.11 Reply
      • we made these for dinner tonight. i went to the deli and tried the havarti cheese and totally loved it. we used chiabatta rolls that were on sale for the bread. they came out awesome. turkey breast was very expensive so we used a turkey london broil. i will be trying more paninis from your blog!

        Posted 6.22.11 Reply
        • Kathy wrote:

          Terrific! So glad you liked the havarti. 🙂

          Posted 6.23.11 Reply