Turkey Cranberry Melt

Turkey Cranberry Melt
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Turkey Cranberry Melt

Ok…Mother is always right. My mom said the only reason she likes Thanksgiving food is for the leftovers and I will have to agree, this sandwich made from leftovers is my official favorite Thanksgiving leftover meal. I did some investigating and have figured out how to make the ULTIMATE grilled cheese. I had no idea there were so many tips and tricks, I will never make a regular old grilled cheese again.

5 Tips for upgrading your grilled cheese game

  1. Mayo: Slather both sides of your bread slices. Yes, set down the butter and I DID NOT say this was going to be a low-calorie meal! I mean it’s a grilled cheese for goodness sake! I use Primal Avocado Mayo and it works great! I use Primal to avoid vegetable oils, but you can use any mayo you prefer.
  2. Toast the inside: By toasting the inside of your bread before you fill it you insure a nice crisp melty grilled cheese.
  3. The cheese matters: There’s a reason American cheese is the go-to for grilled cheese. But if your feeling fancy other cheese works well too! Gruyère is what I used in this recipe it complements the leftover cranberry sauce. Other meltable cheeses are fontina, mozzarella, provolone, and cheddar. Regardless of which flavor you go with, using a high-quality cheese brings this dish to the gourmet leftover category.
  4. Low and slow: Cooking your grilled cheese low and slow will give your cheese the opportunity to melt before your sandwich is browned.
  5. Spice it up: By adding other toppings you can take your classic grilled cheese to a new level. Caramelized onions, cranberry sauce, turkey, ham, jalapeños, banana peppers, and arugula are some of my favorite additions.
Turkey Melt

Turkey Cranberry Melt

This is the biggest reason I make Thanksgiving dinner… I'm really in it for the leftovers and this turkey melt gives me all the feels!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Person


  • White bread with a tight crumb – it needs to be sturdy
  • Cheese
  • Mayo
  • Turkey
  • Cranberry sauce


  • Spread mayo on BOTH sides of your bread while heating your griddle or pan. Toast until golden.
  • Grate your cheese and prep your fillings.
  • Placing the cheese and other fillings on the toasted side of your bread assemble your sandwich. Return to the pan and cook on medium.

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