Sunday, November 27, 2011

Chowista's Stuffed Turkey Sandwich Recipe - Case of The Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is over and more holiday feasting is around the corner. But what can you do with all those left overs? I have been asking myself the same question. 


A few years ago, I won the annual employee Thanksgiving competition at The Food Network with my remix on the turkey sandwich. I stayed up all night, made an entire turkey, Kalua style*, and brought my A game because we take this test of culinary ingenuity and skill very seriously. I designed place cards in Photoshop; I mean I went all out. The end result was a holiday masterpiece. A flaky brioche roll, juicy, smokey, Kalua turkey (my Hawaiian Uncle's secret recipe), tart and Sweet Cranberry Orange Cilantro relish and spicy Harissa Aioli. After that, I thought I should just retire because how can you improve on perfection..? Okay actually, my retirement was a result of all the smack talking I did after my victory. I created a large target on my back and because it was so impressively delicious, it was also a tough act to follow.  So I haven't entered since. However, if we have a Christmas competition this year I will submit a dish. 


But this Thanksgiving, in the comfort of my home, I was inspired and decided to assemble a megamix of Thanksgiving tastiness, which I like to call Chowista's Stuffed Turkey Sandwich. Enjoy!



First I started out with an onion potato roll toasted. Then I added leftover Sage Turkey (white meat). Next I spread some Cranberry Relish to balance the savoriness of the herbs and to add an element of tart and sweet.  


Now for the cheese.

 I became hyper aware of my need to add cheese to my food when my friend from England asked me one day while I was preparing eggs, "Why do Americans put cheese on everything. I retorted curtly and insulted: "We don't put cheese on everything, that's ridiculous!" Right after I finished the sentence, without thinking, I asked " Do you want cheese on your eggs?" He smiled and it was then I realized I did put cheese on most things and my friends did too. 

So naturally it makes sense that creamy Mac and Cheese would be a welcomed addition. I mean it's not Thanksgiving in my house without Mac and Cheese so why should it be excluded from this ode to Thanksgiving Sandwich. 


Add the heated Mac and Cheese and coleslaw. The Mac and Cheese gives it that melt in your mouth texture and the coleslaw provides a nice crunchy bite. 


Lastly this baby was screaming for a little condiment love. But not just a squirt of this or a glob of that. I wanted to inject some depth of flavor in a non-traditional way. So I added potato salad. It adds a mustardy finish making the sandwich complete and ready to eat. 


Okay I know what you're thinking. Umm sounds gross. But give it a chance. I mean dipping french fries in a Wendy's Chocolate Frostie sounds gross but it's Oh so goood. To quote Rihanna: This sandwich might be bad but it's perfectly good at it. It is not your typical Turkey Sandwich but it might very well become your favorite. Pair it with a side salad and you've got a magnificent lunch or dinner. 

If you want to try Kalua Turkey for yourself but don't want to go through the process of making it you can order it online. 

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