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Pilgrim Sandwich {Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes}

Pilgrim sandwich: A compilation of Thanksgiving leftovers, tucked inside of a hearty roll. It’s the perfect day-after-Thanksgiving lunch!

Pilgrim sandwich | Kita Roberts

The best part about Thanksgiving? The leftovers, duh!
For as long as I can remember, a local sub shop has offered a sandwich all year round that is a carb-oholic’s dream come true. The sandwich starts with a beautiful thick hoagie roll overflowing with stuffing, turkey, cranberries and a slather of mayo. It’s the kind of sandwich that requires a long nap or a marathon immediately afterwards.  The kind of sandwich I only allow myself to order maybe once a year. It’s the kind of sandwich that give’s angels wings.

A Pilgrim Sandwich.

Oh yeah, it’s that good.

So, you can imagine how elated I am to stock up on ziplock containers and bring the mountains of Thanksgiving leftovers home and sink my teeth into one of these bad boys.

Pilgrim sandwich | Kita Roberts

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Pilgrim Sandwich

Pilgrim Sandwich

From Rachel Ray Magazine October 2011

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


  • 3 store bought corn muffins, crumbled or diced
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 apple chopped, mcintosh, honey crisp or gala
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery from the heart with leafy tops, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Small handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • few springs of thyme, finely chopped
  • 1-1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegan or regular mayo
  • 4 crusty hoagie or ciabatta rolls, split
  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh thick sliced roast turkey
  • 1 lb sliced sharp white cheddar cheese
  • Thinly sliced red onion and sliced cornichons for topping
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  1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the broiler. 
  2. Brown the corn muffin pieces on a baking sheet, tossing once, for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat; melt in the butter. 
  4. Add the apple, onion, and celery; season with salt and pepper. Cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. 
  5. Add the muffin pieces, parsley, poultry seasoning and thyme. Moisten with the chicken stock to your liking, 1 to 1 1/2 cups. Turn off the heat.
  6. Mix the cranberry sauce with the mayo and slather it on roll tops. 
  7. Assemble the sandwiches on the roll bottoms with cornbread stuffing, sliced turkey and cheese. 
  8. Broil to melt the cheese. 
  9. Top with the onion, cornichons and roll tops.

Pilgrim sandwich | Kita Roberts

In case you’re wondering, I say skip the above steps and use up that fridge full of leftovers!

Taylor (Dionnes doter)

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

Your photos are AMAZING! I like haw your photos are bright. I like haw you make things happen.Haw do you make the photos bright? ;) ;) ;) ;)


Tuesday 6th of December 2011

Hi Taylor. I try to take all my pictures on days when its really sunny out and I set my table up about three feet from the window. I don't use the flash either, it will wash out your picture. If you think the sun is giving your picture too much light, you can hang a white sheet over the window to soften it. Thank you very much for your comment on my blog!

kimberly (unrivaledkitch)

Monday 28th of November 2011

I love sandwiches like these.I have so much thanksgiving food. I'm ready to burst re-purposing all this crazy stuff I made. Lovely idea! Beautiful photos


Saturday 26th of November 2011

Looks perfect! My son loves to make sandwiches like this even for Thanksgiving dinner...everything on a bun!


Saturday 26th of November 2011

Holy yum!! This is my kind of sandwich!!

Mi Vida en un Dulce

Saturday 26th of November 2011

We don't have Thanksgiving here, but in Christmas we have turkey for dinner, so I will save this recipe for day after Christmas...this sandwich looks amazing...!!!

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