Don’t wait for November to enjoy the delicious taste of Thanksgiving dinner. Whip up a quick and easy Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich any time of year!
I’m practically giddy that the holidays are coming. Stuffing myself with turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving is definitely the highlight of fall, and I feel like I deserve to eat myself into a food coma after spending a few hours working hard in the kitchen. I love a good turkey dinner so much that I don’t want to only enjoy those comforting flavors once a year, but I’m sure as heck not going to cook such an elaborate meal on a regular basis. Thankfully, there’s an easier way!
Grab yourself some sliced turkey from the deli counter and a few other simple ingredients, and you are on your way to enjoying a comforting Thanksgiving turkey sandwich even on a busy weeknight! Seasoned cornbread is topped with cranberry sauce and lean turkey slices smothered in a simple gravy. Add some green beans on the side, and you’ll think you’re having a holiday meal even though it only took about a half hour to prepare!
Open-Faced Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich over Cornbread
Get the taste of Thanksgiving dinner in an easy weeknight dinner!
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1/4 c. diced onion
- 1/4 c. diced green bell pepper
- 1/4 c. diced celery
- 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 egg
- 1 c. buttermilk
- 1 c. cornmeal
- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
- 2 c. chicken stock
- 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb. Butterball deli turkey sliced thin
- 15 oz. can cranberry sauce (whole berry or jellied whichever you prefer)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 8″ square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, poultry seasoning, and salt, and saute until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.
While vegetables cook, whisk together egg and buttermilk in a medium bowl, then stir in cornmeal, flour, and baking soda. Stir cooked vegetables into the cornmeal mixture, and then spread into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
While the cornbread bakes, add the remaining 2 tbsp. of butter to the same skillet and melt over medium heat. Whisk in 2 tbsp. of flour. Cook and stir a few minutes until flour is golden brown. Whisk in chicken stock, about 1/4 c. at a time, whisking constantly to keep the mixture smooth.
After all chicken stock is incorporated, add sliced turkey to the gravy in an even layer, and gently stir to coat. Allow to simmer a few minutes until turkey is heated through.
Cut cornbread into six pieces, and place a piece on each plate. Arrange turkey and gravy on top, and place a dollop of cranberry sauce on the turkey (or on the side if you prefer).
Looking for an even quicker version of this meal? Use pre-made turkey gravy and hearty sandwich bread instead of making your own, and you can have dinner on the table in under 10 minutes!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 30
- Category: Main
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Oh, Andi !
I made this the night before last, and my husband had 3 servings! Well, I had 2. There wasn’t much for left overs, but that’s okay! This is SO EASY and FAST and DELICIOUS, we can have it again next week!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one! The cornbread was so yummy with this, what a clever, clever idea! Thanks so much!
Becky, you are so sweet for trying my forgotten recipes! This makes my day that you guys loved it. Thank you!!
Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says
Love all of those Thanksgiving flavors! Thanks for linking up with SNF! Pinned to our party board!
Thank you, Jaren! xo
Yum, this looks amazing! Turkey and gravy are my favorite around the holidays and I’m so glad I don’t have to wait to enjoy it :) Pinning :)
Thank you, Kelly! This is a really way to enjoy it anytime. I think this recipe looks a little complicated because it’s long, but really is quick since you can make the gravy while the cornbread bakes. Enjoy your week!
Maegan @thebakermama says
You’ve definitely got me giddy about Thanksgiving now! Love that you put this over cornbread…my fave! Yummy yum, can’t wait to try this!
Thanks, Maegan! If you’re impatient like me, you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving ;)
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
Okay so I looove turkey. All the time. I dunno WHY I don’t buy it more. But we need this!!! So I am making it! Delicious meal, Andi!!
Thanks so much, Heather!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Definitely craving a bite of one of these turkey sandwiches.. they look seriously delicious Andi!
Thank you, Thalia! Appreciate it!
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OMG. I am DYING over this recipe! I’m totally with you. I’m soooo giddy that the holidays are right around the corner, but this is definitely going on the menu around here sooner than that! Pinned!
You are too sweet, Justine! Thank you, and enjoy your turkey and gravy :)
Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy says
I love love turkey and gravy over cornbread dressing, Andi this looks too good, I wish I had it right now!
Thanks, Emily! I hope you get a chance to try it before Thanksgiving comes :)
Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen.com says
What a fun idea! So creative! I look forward to making this with my gluten-free cornbread!
Thanks, Michelle! I can’t eat regular wheat but do OK with spelt flour, so that’s what I used for this recipe. The recipe should still work great if you sub your choice of GF flour in the cornbread and gravy.
Ginny McMeans says
My favorite as a kid but it wasn’t cornbread. This sounds delicious!
Thanks, Ginny :) I love cornbread dressing so was trying to get that flavor in an easier way. It would be good (and quicker) over regular bread too!
What a great idea, my husband will love to take this for lunch during the week. All the flavors, and less time.
Thanks, Darci. I ate leftovers for dinner last night, and they were just as good as the first time around. Definitely a good one for lunches!