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FREE Turkey Cookbook! Easy Steps to the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook for the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey.This Thanksgiving, serve your loved ones the perfect Thanksgiving turkey! Our FREE turkey cookbook, “The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide” is chock-full of information making it easy and fun for you whether you are a first time cook or a seasoned pro.

The gThankYou! Free Turkey Cookbook: A Sneak Peek

Tips for Shopping

Do you know how to pick out the perfect bird? We answer important questions like:

  • What size should I buy?
  • Fresh or frozen?
  • What’s the difference between commercial, free-range, heritage, natural, organic, self-basted or kosher?
  • How far in advance do I need to buy it?

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FREE Holiday Turkey and Ham Cookbooks

CookbooksWhether you’re an old hand at cooking holiday turkeys and hams, or a newbie in the main dish department, or even if you want to try preparing Chef David Burke’s dishwasher turkey, you’ll find great cooking tips and techniques in our FREE holiday turkey and ham cookbooks. As Julia Child said, “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.” You can find out how in our cookbooks, available to download here on the blog and also on our Information for Recipients page.

Have you ever had a cooking disaster with turkey or ham, or been a guest for holiday dinner where the main dish didn’t turn out? Turkey too dry, or not quite done in the middle? What about your favorite memories of holiday meals? Did Grandma have a way with ham or add any special touches like orange zest in the turkey stuffing or pineapple rings with maraschino cherries in the middle on the ham? What about glazes? What’s your favorite ingredient for ham glaze? Brown sugar, mustard, honey, molasses, pineapple? Ever try something more exotic like mango? Rachel Ray has a slew of ham glazes, including orange-rosemary, maple-cherry, apricot, and spicy rum and orange. Get some super tips about glazes in our ham cookbook, and find out how to make sure your turkey is moist not dry in our turkey cookbook.

We hope our cookbooks help you prepare the tastiest holiday meals this year. Have the happiest of holidays and may your days be merry and bright!

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About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

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4 Creative Ways to Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Thanksgiving is a time for seeing family, remembering what we are grateful for and sharing a wonderful Thanksgiving turkey dinner together.

Every family has their Thanksgiving traditions: Some prep the stuffing and cranberries while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Some gather around the flat screen for turkey day NFL Football. Some go to a special church service the evening before. But whatever you do, for the main meal, the turkey is the centerpiece.

Tradition is important, not least because it’s comfortable and easy on a holiday that’s meant to be relaxing. However, lots of cooks like to add a little interest to tradition.  Consider changing things up a little this year with some international flavors on your Thanksgiving turkey, or even just the side dishes.

Here are four concepts (with links to recipes and menus!) for Italian, Mexican, Korean and Indian-inspired dishes sure to wow your family on this year’s Thanksgiving table.

Italian

You love to go for red sauce pastas and pizza on other holiday weekends — why not add Italian spice to your Thanksgiving turkey, too?

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner - Italian Style

From The Splendid Table

For The Splendid Table’s Italian American Thanksgiving, Lynn Rosetto Kasper shares a recipe for wine and herb-basted roast turkey with a white wine pan sauce. Seasonings include fresh parsley, sage, thyme and rosemary, as well as six large cloves of garlic and half a lemon.

Thanksgiving Turkey - Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta; Giada De Laurentiis

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Pancetta; Giada De Laurentiis

On the Food Network, Giada De Laurentiis makes her Thanksgiving Italian-style with ciabatta stuffing, studded with chestnuts and made with pancetta (Italian bacon). Pancetta is wonderful in lots of side dishes, from Brussels sprouts to broccoli.

And for dessert, try Kasper’s apple-rosemary tart with lemon sugar: “So much easier than apple pie and so much lighter, this tart will not be overkill after a celebration meal,” she writes.

Mexican

Southern flavors are a natural fit with almost any Thanksgiving menu (gravy, anyone?) but take it a bit further south with Saveur’s wonderful Mexican-themed menu.

Thanksgiving Turkey - Photo Credit: Andre Baranowski for Saveur

Photo Credit: Andre Baranowski for Saveur

The popular cooking/travel magazine has great ideas for Mexican starters, like sopa de chile poblano (a mildly spiced chile soup), Brussels sprouts with chorizo (shown above) and tostadas de camarón seco (shrimp tostadas). To give the Thanksgiving turkey a Mexican twist, Saveur adds chiles de arbol, New Mexico chiles, cumin and cloves.

Korean

Korean marinades and barbecue glazes are some of the most intoxicating around the globe, with their wonderful blend of sweet, spicy and nutty flavors. Soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and green onion, as well as mirin (cooking wine) and ginger, are all common ingredients in the Korean pantry.

Thanksgiving Turkey - Photo by Dana Gallagher for Real Simple

Photo by Dana Gallagher for Real Simple

In “Thanksgiving with a Korean Twist,” Kay Chun shared some of her recipes with Real Simple for an American Thanksgiving with Korean spices. The centerpiece is a maple-glazed turkey, surrounded by chestnut fig stuffing, sesame green beans and persimmon tea with pine nuts.

Indian

Warm Indian spices are so perfect for fall. Anise, cardamom, cinnamon and cumin give a subtle heat and complexity to roasted vegetables and pureed soups.

In Bon Appetit, a complex yet approachable Thanksgiving menu featuring Indian spices includes a tandoori roasted turkey, seasoned with coriander, curry, peppercorns, cardamom, chili, cinnamon, cloves and fenugreek, among other things.

Thanksgiving Turkey - Souffles

Photo by Tina Rupp for Bon Appetit

Side dishes take carrots for a spin with whole cumin seed, replace stuffing with a rice pilaf made with almonds and raisins, and conclude with dark chocolate souffles with cardamom creme anglaise (above).

For more ideas on how to make this year’s Thanksgiving turkey the best you’ve ever had, download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

Thanksgiving Turkey - Ultimate Turkey Guide

 About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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5 Tips to Find Your Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving TurkeyThe glossy magazines with their glorious, burnished birds have begun to arrive on doorsteps all over the country. It’s not too soon to start thinking about your side dishes, stuffing (should it have bacon this year? probably) and, of course, the centerpiece: a beautifully roasted turkey.

Before you choose a bird, there are several key things to consider. Here are five quick tips to keep in mind as you begin to plan your holiday meal, whether you’re serving 25 cousins, aunts and uncles or a simple turkey feast for two.

1. From Butterball to heritage breeds — what’s the difference?

Turkeys come in a variety of sizes and types. Butterball and store brands may be the cheapest route, but they’re not always the best value. Some cooks like pre-brined turkeys, which save time in the kitchen but offer less control over flavor.

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Bell & Evans Turkey, from Serious Eats

In recent years, heritage breeds have become increasingly popular for their more developed meaty flavor, but they’re also very expensive, as are organic birds. A middle ground may include Amish turkeys, which are generally natural and hormone-free, and free-range birds, which are given space to roam.

The free-range turkey from Bell & Evans (shown above), a brand that is widely available east of the Mississippi, scored best in an Epicurious Taste Test of supermarket turkeys. For more on this subject, read our post, “Choosing Your Thanksgiving Turkey,” which gives details about free range, organic, heritage and young turkeys.

2. What size bird should you buy? 

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The amount of Thanksgiving turkey you’ll need to buy depends not only on how many people, children and adults you need to feed, but also on how much leftovers you want.

We’ll offer some great recipes here for using up your excess turkey (check out “Thanksgiving Leftovers: Five Fresh Ideas“), but in general, think 1 to 1.5 pounds of turkey per adult and 8 ounces per child.

3. Fresh or frozen?

Fresh sounds obviously better, right? It’s not that simple. Some cooks rave about a fresh Thanksgiving turkey straight from the farm, but a Cook’s Illustrated taste test between the two showed that frozen turkeys come out more moist and tender than their fresh counterparts, largely because of how they are stored between the farm and the kitchen.

We recommend buying a frozen turkey, but make sure you have the time and the fridge space to thaw it safely — a 15-pound turkey will take about three full days to thaw.

4. Consider your recipe.

While there’s no need to nail down exact details several weeks ahead, it is important to have an idea of your technique when choosing a bird.

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Photo by Kenji Lopez-Alt, Serious Eats

For example, if you want to cook your Thanksgiving turkey on the grill, consider asking your butcher to spatchcock it (remove the backbone) for you. This is an excellent method for roasting, too.

Another consideration is seasoning. Cooks who want to experiment with different herbs, Asian flavors or other elements in their Thanksgiving turkey may not want a bird that is pre-brined.

5. Think ahead!

000013987721_LargeIf you want a free-range, organic or heritage bird as your Thanksgiving turkey this year, it’s reasonable to start planning now. Local co-ops and groceries often start taking reservations for turkeys several weeks in advance, and family farms like to know even sooner.

For more ideas on how to make this year’s Thanksgiving turkey the best you’ve ever had, download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

 About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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Five Ways to Add Flavor to Your Thankgiving Turkey

Turkey by itself — especially the breast meat — doesn’t have a ton of flavor and can run a little dry. For the best-tasting, juiciest turkey, most birds need a little help.

Here are five ways to add richness, spice and excitement to your Thanksgiving turkey.

Photo via Indulgy.com

1. Brine it. The white meat of turkey is not naturally  juicy. To add both moisture and flavor, soak the bird in brine the night before you plan to cook it. It works wonders.

There is a fair amount of internet buzz for Alton Brown’s five-star-rated Good Eats Roast Turkey, which as of this posting has 4,007 reviews on Food Network. To make his brine, you basically make a tea using kosher salt, brown sugar, vegetable stock, peppercorns, allspice and candied ginger. Cool it down and then soak the bird in the mixture for 8 to 16 hours.

The results? See the reviews: “A HUGE hit,” “soooooo easy,” “awesome turkey flavor, mild, subtle, and what Thanksgiving is all about!”

2. Inject it. You can buy pre-injected turkey, though some are wary of these — a whole frozen turkey from Butterball, for example, includes “modified food starch, sodium phosphates (and) natural flavorings.”

Williams-Sonoma Flavor Injector

You’ll know exactly what’s in the injection if you do it yourself. Granted, this requires some tools, but those who tried Brian Page‘s butter-injected turkey with thyme gave it “four forks” out of four on Epicurious.com.

“By putting the butter inside of the turkey it makes the turkey moist inside,” wrote one reviewer. “When the butter comes out into your water it makes it good for basting, because it helps brown the skin on the outside. I also use poultry seasoning, putting some on the inside and out.

3. Rub spices on the skin. Add flavor fast with a simple spice rub, which can range from basic to bold. One Cooking Light recipe packs tons of flavor, with cumin, coriander, oregano, sage, thyme, dry mustard and a little brown sugar.

Saveur has a recipe for a beautiful chile-rubbed Mexican turkey, involving toasted pasilla chiles, 30 cloves of garlic, orange juice, olive oil and honey.

Chile-rubbed roasted turkey. Photo by Landon Nordeman for Saveur.

4. Spread herb butter under the skin. No time to brine? This is a great last-minute technique that you can easily adapt for roast chicken, too.

Both Ina Garten and Martha Stewart offer step-by-step instructions for making a compound butter (with chopped herbs and lemon zest), then (in Martha’s case) loosening the skin of the bird and slathering the slightly softened butter underneath. Ina gets brown skin by brushing the melted butter mixture on top.

5. Stuff it. Take a lemon or an orange, a quartered Spanish onion or a full head of garlic, a bunch of rosemary or a few sprigs of thyme, and shove them into the cavity of the bird. (Apples are delicious, too.) This perfumes the meat lightly. Garlic left in its papery skin emerges melting and sweet, amazing spread on crusty bread.

Happy Cooking! Let us know what you do to make your Thanksgiving Turkey it’s flavorful best.

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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The Secret to a Perfect Holiday Turkey: Dry Brining

Every November, people wrestle bulky birds into bags of brine, slopping all over the kitchen and making a mess in the name of a more tender turkey.

No more.

Wet brining — making a solution of water, salt, herbs and spices in which the turkey would sit for 12 to 24 hours — is undoubtedly a fine way to infuse flavor into a conventional store-bought turkey (most of which have been bred for size, not taste). But dry brining is so much simpler, and the results are so consistently good, that there’s no shame in taking the easy way out.

A dry-brined turkey, called “The Judy Bird” after Zuni Café owner Judy Rodgers, who pioneered the technique. Photo credit Food52.

One of the first chefs to introduce the idea of a poultry dry brine into home cooks’ regular rotation was Judy Rodgers, owner of Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. In “The Zuni Café Cookbook” (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002), Rodgers wrote that the brine on a small roasting chicken “improves flavor, keeps it moist, and makes it tender.”

Applying salt in advance at first draws moisture out of the bird, but over time it draws it back in again, resulting in much juicier meat. When talking to home cooks who attempted her method, Rodgers reported that “the results are startling and delicious when they prepare a chicken this way in their gas or electric ovens.”

To dry brine your turkey, begin the Sunday night before Thanksgiving. Just before roasting, give it a few hours uncovered in the fridge so it dries out (that will help the skin get golden brown).

Credit: Washington City Paper

Measure one tablespoon of kosher salt for every five pounds of turkey (for a 15-pound turkey, that means 3 tablespoons). Sprinkle the salt all over the outside of the turkey and lightly on the inner cavity. It should look well-seasoned but not over-salted. (With chicken, I sometimes add pepper or other seasonings here — thyme and rosemary are lovely, as are blends like za’atar and an ancho chile combination.)

To store the turkey, you can put it in a sealable plastic bag, or simply cover it with a towel. It should be breast-side up; turn it occasionally.

When you’re ready to cook, give the turkey about an hour to come to room temperature. Then roast as usual — Rodgers recommends a higher heat, about 425°F, rotating midway through to make sure the skin gets evenly browned.

Find other converts to the dry-brine method at the LA Times, Food52 and Martha Stewart Living.

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
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Olympic Hosts Talk Turkey…or Ham

The summer Olympics are long over (though our fascination with Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt may endure). But let’s not turn away from Britain just yet.

gThankYou! Turkey Sweet Leek Pie

Turkey Sweet Leek Pie
by Jamie Oliver
Photo by David Loftus

Some UK chefs, notably the glamorous Nigella Lawson, school food activist Jamie Oliver and the approachable, affable Simon Hopkinson, have excellent ideas for making the most out of fall and Thanksgiving inspired cooking.

1. London-born Nigella Lawson, the TV show host, chef and celebrated author, has one of the most approachable, entertaining voices of any cookbook writer I’ve ever encountered. Her Ultimate Greek and watermelon/feta salads here on from “Forever Summer” are almost literally addictive — I made one or the other nearly every day for an entire season. “How to Be a Domestic Goddess” (Hyperion, 2001) gave me an amazing apple walnut cake and transformed the way I make brownies.

For those new to entertaining, “Feast: Food to Celebrate Life” (Hyperion, 2004) is a reliable place to start, with ideas for everything from Thanksgiving and Christmas to a first “meet the parents” dinner. Try her recipe for “Spiced and Super-Juicy Roast Turkey,” made with cinnamon, caraway, allspice and cloves, whether it’s a holiday or not.

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Cover, “Roast Chicken and Other Stories”
By Simon Hopkinson

2. London and BBC Food chef Simon Hopkinson is so enamored of roast chicken, he named a book after it. A mash-up of anecdotes and recipes, “Roast Chicken and Other Stories” (Hyperion, 2007) combines influences from world cuisines, including Turkish, French and Spanish food, with British classics, like his mom’s potato cakes.

Each chapter has an ingredient for a title, like anchovies, garlic, scallops, endive, chocolate and, of course, chicken. I can’t wait to try his recipe for pancakes with Parma ham and asparagus, perfect for early fall when the long, green spears are briefly back in season.

Find his deceptively simple, butter-rich recipe for roast chicken at Serious Eats.

gThankYou! Roasted Marmalade Ham

Roasted Marmalade Ham
By Jamie Oliver
Photo by David Loftus

3. From Britain’s favorite Naked Chef to the food revolutionary of rural America, Jamie Oliver has kept at the core of his career the basic, home-cooked meal. With ingredients like lamb shank, mussels, pork and potatoes, he makes British cooking seem both easy and delicious.

Even beginners can enjoy his straightforward recipe for Roasted Marmalade Ham (from “Jamie’s Dinners,” Hyperion, 2004). Or put Thanksgiving leftovers to use in his turkey and sweet leek pie.

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo, and ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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Winning 4th of July Grill-outs!

While summer is often thought to be the season of lighter fare, one look at a typical cook-out proves this conventional wisdom false. Calorie laden burgers, sausages and the cold treats and beverages that accompany them are typical menu items at many back-yard barbecues and neighborhood grill-outs.

For a winning July 4th grill-out, add tasty options that are not so heavy. turkey burgers and marinated turkey tenders have proven to be real crowd pleasers. There are many ways to customize either dish. Turkey Tenderloin can be grilled alone, or in a festive kabob-style with vegetables of your choice while many flavor enhancers liven up turkey burgers once thought as bland.

For best flavor, use lump charcoal if you’re grilling on a Weber or other charcoal grill. It produces higher heat and gives food a great smoky character. Soaked mesquite wood chips will produce a similar smoky flavor if you prefer to use a gas grill. Both of these are now widely available at many grocers.

Get inspiration with these ideas to create your Best July 4th Cook out with tasty turkey burgers and tenders:

Share with us your winning 4th of July grill tips. And Happy July 4th from all of us at gThankYou!

Go Big with Grilled Turkey

Summer arrives – regardless of the weather outlook – this weekend with Memorial Day. That means cookouts, barbecues and outdoor get-together season will also be in full swing. For my money, there’s no better way to feed a crowd and put on a memorable Memorial Day cook-out than by grilling a turkey.

Grilled turkey makes a big splash for several reasons.

  1. It’s delish, regardless of the recipe you choose. This is the top way to make the tastiest turkey ever.
  2. It’s special. A real departure from the burgers and dogs on most grills.
  3. It’s dead simple. Again, regardless of the recipe, grilling your big bird is easy on the cook, so you can enjoy your holiday.

Grilled turkey has proven to be a real pleaser at our summertime gatherings. Fire up the grill and get ready for the cook-out season ahead with these ideas:

Send in your best tips on turkey grilling. And if you have a favorite rub or other way to prep your turkey for grilling, share that, too. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Turkey Sandwich Top Ten

A colleague this week told me his family decided to celebrate Thanksgiving at a restaurant this year. It was great, he said, because no one had to cook or clean. But (here comes the lament) no one had Turkey Dinner leftovers, either.

What a pity. Some of the best meals we have all year make good use of Thanksgiving leftovers. But the best of the best – and why I will year after year roast, grill or otherwise cook a Thanksgiving turkey – are the fantastic turkey sandwiches.

More people use leftover turkey and other Thanksgiving fixings in sandwiches, making them into treasured gourmet meals.

In honor of favorite Turkey Sandwiches all, we present our picks for the Top Turkey Sandwiches of all time.  It’s a virtual Hall of Fame of favorite sandwiches made to be served for lunch or dinner, some hot some cold.

  1. Hot Turkey: An open-faced sandwich using the favorite bread of your choice (we like top-quality rye) accompanied by leftover mashed potatoes and/or stuffing. The entire plate is smothered in gravy.
  2. Homage to Thanksgiving Monte Cristo:  We alter this All Recipes version using a layer of leftover stuffing in between two generous layers of turkey surrounded by bread, pan fried in Panko Bread Crumbs. Yum.
  3. Turkey, Brie & Pear: We usually have a cheese board at our gathering with Brie. I fell in love with this delicious sandwich combo last year and it quickly became a favorite. If you find yourself with leftover Brie, I can’t think of a better use for it.
  4. Turkey Picadillo: This is a version of Turkey Barbecue that will feed a family. Substitute leftover turkey for the ground turkey and let it simmer a slow cooker.
  5. Gourmet Turkey Sandwich: It’s so much fun using fresh cranberry sauce (this year’s version courtesy the Barefoot Contessa), in sandwiches. Years ago, we discovered what a great sandwich condiment cranberry sauce makes. Add the cream cheese and grainy mustard  and it’s a truly gourmet sandwich.
  6. The Leftover: As demonstrated by this recipe on wikiHow, people put all manner of leftovers together to create the perfect concoction. Stuffing is great. We also like to do sweet potatoes as a layer (cranberry sauce, turkey and sweet potatoes). Experiment with what you have left over and Viola! You have your own new favorite.
  7. Turkey Cheddar Apple: We like to serve this grilled. Grilled or not, you can not go wrong pairing tart apple with tangy cheddar and turkey!
  8. White Bread -n-Mayo: This version is done with Hellman’s on Challa bread. I add iceberg lettuce for a distinct crunch.
  9. Turkey Bacon Swiss: A variation on the BLT. Serve it grilled if you like your sammies warm.
  10. Turkey, Pesto and Provolone: Adapted from Emeril and posted on the Big Fat Sandwich site. Pesto as a condiment is vastly underrated, and pairs very well with turkey, whether you decide to press the sandwich (as in this recipe) or not.

Customize by using your favorite bread, but always choose quality bread for the best leftover turkey sandwiches. Add  your favorite fresh veggies, too. Don’t have leftover turkey? No problem. Roast a small turkey. That’s what my friend who ate Thanksgiving at a restaurant did!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
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