Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sliders with Asiago Cheese

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sliders with Asiago Cheese

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One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is all the leftovers. It's true I love any kind of leftover food, but Thanksgiving leftovers are definitely some of my favorite! Turkey, STUFFING, rolls, potatoes, cranberry sauce... ahhhhh. I can feel the food coma already.

After the big Turkey day has come and gone, most of us will have a weekend filled with more food, more family (and probably lots of football). One thing I don't want to do right after Thanksgiving is cook anything complicated for fancy or full of new ingredients; at least for one whole day (don't worry, lots of salads will be coming). 

So, what's the easiest way to feed a crowd or just yourself (for a few days) without pulling out your hair in the process?

Sliders (or is it sandwiches?)- the line between the two is a little fuzzy, (yes, I even Googled it).

Side note: (speaking of Google) Lately Octavian has become very adamant about brushing his teeth. He's three, so his idea of brushing his teeth is making funny noises with the toothbrush or occasionally brushing the bathroom countertops (and then, yes, returning the brush to his mouth to make more "music"). Anyway, part of this whole process is, of course, rinsing and gargling with water. The other morning while standing with his Dad as they brushed their teeth, Octavian stops, starts gargling with water and then looks at my husband and says, "Daddy, I'm googling my mouth with water. Now, you have to google, too!"

(I realize now that this may only be adorable to me since I'm his Mom)

Ok, so sliders...

These are the easiest way to feed any lingering company visiting for the holidays. They are GOOD! So so GOOD! When I made these yesterday afternoon and returned home several hours later (after dinner time), only 5 were left. I'm not surprised- this simple lunch (or dinner) consists of leftover turkey and cranberry sauce with a cream cheese spread and asiago cheese all sandwiched between sweet Hawaiian rolls...and then baked. Sprinkle with thyme for a little added freshness, and you will have a bunch of very happy (very quiet) houseguests.

Best host EVER!

Leftover Turkey Cranberry Sliders with Asiago Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Total Time: 30-35 minutes
Yield: 12 sliders


12 soft Hawaiian rolls, halved
1 pound leftover carved turkey (thinly sliced)
1 cup cranberry sauce
2 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 cup Asiago cheese, shredded
Fresh cracked pepper
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Sea salt
Fresh thyme, for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x11 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 

  2. In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese, milk and mayo.

  3. Carefully cut rolls in half, either individually or all at once (up to you!). Layer bottom half first with turkey and then with the cream cheese mixture (originally I put the cream cheese mixture on first and then the turkey- the bottoms got a little soggy. To help with this I reversed the order and first put on the turkey). Place a generous dollop of cranberry sauce over the top and evenly distribute the cheese between the sandwiches.

  4. Place the top of the roll back on each sandwich and brush the top with melted butter. Sprinkle the top with sea salt and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and tops are golden brown (if the tops brown too quickly, carefully place a sheet of foil over the baking dish.

  5. Remove from oven, sprinkle with fresh chopped thyme and serve.


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