With fast food Frankensteins like the KFC Double-Down and the Doritos Taco making headlines in recent years, one might be lead to believe that freaky food mashups are a sign of a great American dumbing-down à la Mike Judge’s 2006 film Idiocracy.
But with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m reminded of a long-practiced culinary tradition often overlooked by the food-porn-loving corners of the web — the spiritual forebear to the most obscene sandwiches seen today. I’m talking, of course, about the Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich.
The Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwhich, or T.G.L.O.S. as I like to call it, is a mouthful in more ways than one! Generally consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on a bun, there are as many variations as there are possible combinations of leftovers from any given Thanksgiving meal. Some feature green bean casserole, creamed corn, potato salad, deviled eggs, pumpkin pie, or literally anything else left uneaten from the previous meal.
What follows is a truly vulgar display of excess while also being a tear-jerking tribute to gratitude and togetherness. Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to present the 9 Greatest Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwiches I’ve found from across the web.
From Scanwiches, Dark Meat Roast Turkey, Turkey Skin, Sprouts, Swiss Cheese, Jellied Cranberry Sauce, and Turkey Gravy on an Roll.
8. The Scraps Solution
Jerk Magazine recommends combining the standard turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, lettuce, mayo, and green bean casserole.
7. “The Ultimate”
The Daily Meal put together this classic take on the TGLOS with roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and chicken stock on sourdough bread.
6. The Cousin Cindy
From Le Sauce, this TGLOS is comprised of leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, peas, corn, ham, and Brussels sprouts.
Grilled Cheese Social made this spicy TGLOS from turkey thigh meat, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry and jalapeño jelly, brie cheese, butter, and gravy on a biscuit. Click through to see the shot of it covered in gravy. (woo, messy!)
4. The Pilgrim Sandwich
Pass The Sushi borrowed this one from Rachel Ray, using corn muffins, apple, onion, celery, thyme, chicken stock, cranberry sauce, mayo, roast turkey, cheddar cheese, red onion, and cornichons, on a ciabatta roll.
3. Turkey, Cream Cheese, and Cranberry
This simple take on the TGLOS comes from 5 Dollar Feasts, and consists of turkey, whipped cream cheese, cranberry sauce, and lettuce on a croissant.
2. Bánh mì, The Lazy Way!
Angelica The Lazy Chef used leftover turkey, sriracha, fish sauce, mayo, sweet chili, cucumbers, carrots, jalapeños and cilantro on a baguette to make these Vietnamese leftovers sandwiches.
1. Triple Decker Thanksgiving Sandwich
The Little Girl’s Guide to Sugar and Spice made this number (three, to be exact), with shredded turkey, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole with caramelized onions, cranberry sauce, and mayonaise.