The Best Turkey Sandwich – This is How It’s Done
Ah, the beloved turkey sandwich! There’s just something about it that hits the spot. It’s like a warm, comforting hug in the form of a sandwich. But, you know what? Not everyone can craft the perfect turkey sandwich. It’s a true art, and today, we’re going to master it together. And I have to say, while I love a good turkey sandwich in general, there’s something about my mom’s turkey sandwiches that takes them to a whole new level. Let’s dive into creating the ultimate turkey sandwich that you won’t be able to resist.
The Turkey: Start with the star of the show – the turkey. Whether you’re using your favorite sliced, roasted turkey meat from the deli or enjoying leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast, the key is to have quality turkey. Look for turkey that’s not too dry, and if you’re slicing it from the deli, go for the thickness you prefer.
The Cheese: Now, let’s talk cheese. Swiss, provolone, and cheddar are all fantastic choices to accompany your turkey. You can get slices directly from the deli counter, or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, slice it off the block with a cheese slicer. Cheese, after all, is the glue that holds the sandwich together.
The Lettuce: For that much-needed crunch, lettuce is essential. Green leaf or romaine lettuce works wonders here. To make it easier to build the sandwich, remove the thick rib from the romaine lettuce. That way, you won’t be dealing with any unruly pieces hanging out of your sandwich.
The Tomato: A turkey sandwich without tomato is like a day without sunshine. Use a serrated knife to cut two 1/4-inch thick slices from a ripe, red tomato. The tomato adds a burst of freshness and juiciness that complements the turkey beautifully.
The Bread: The foundation of your turkey sandwich is crucial. Multi-grain or whole wheat bread is the way to go. Not only does it provide a hearty and healthy base, but it also pairs wonderfully with the turkey and cheese.
The Mayonnaise: To add a creamy, tangy element, spread mayonnaise on each slice of bread. But don’t stop there; you can take your mayonnaise to the next level by adding a touch of pesto or some chipotle for an extra kick. These little touches can transform your sandwich into something extraordinary.
Now, let’s put it all together and make the best turkey sandwich you’ve ever had.
2 slices of multigrain or whole-wheat sandwich bread
3 ounces of sliced turkey deli meat (3 to 4 slices)
2 slices of provolone, Swiss, or cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
2 large leaves of green leaf or romaine lettuce
1/2 small beefsteak tomato
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Start by laying out your two slices of bread on a clean, flat surface.
Take one slice of bread and spread a generous layer of your mayo concoction. Make sure to get the edges; we want every bite to be packed with flavor.
Next, it’s time for the turkey. Layer those succulent slices evenly on top of the mayo-covered bread. Feel free to slightly overlap them for full coverage.
Place the cheese slices on the turkey. This helps to keep the turkey in place and adds a creamy, melty component to your sandwich.
Now, it’s time for the veggies. Lay your lettuce leaves evenly over the cheese. This provides a refreshing crunch that balances the richness of the turkey and cheese.
Add the tomato slices on top of the lettuce. They bring a juicy, tangy kick to the party.
Sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt and a crack of freshly ground black pepper to season your sandwich to perfection.
Top it all off with the second slice of bread, mayo side down. Press gently to make sure all the ingredients meld together.
You’re almost there! Cut your sandwich in half, diagonally if you like, and take a moment to admire your masterpiece.
If you’re like me, you can’t resist a good old sandwich flag. Stick a toothpick with an olive or a pickle at the top of your sandwich – it’s a fun touch.
And there you have it, the ultimate turkey sandwich! Each bite is a symphony of flavors, textures, and love. You might find yourself making this sandwich again and again, and you won’t be alone. It’s a true crowd-pleaser.
So, next time you’re craving a turkey sandwich, remember these steps, and don’t hesitate to add your own twist to it. Thanks to The Kitchn, by the way, for inspiring this recipe! After all, the beauty of a sandwich is that it can be as unique as you are. Enjoy!