Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers “Sandwich”

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Thanksgiving Sandwich Last week, Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo posted Food 52’s version of a Thanksgivukkah sandwich (without actual bread of course) on her Facebook page and needless to say, I had to wipe the drool off my keyboard. This recipe’s very much inspired by that photo, but I resolved to make one of my own in my signature stupid-easy style. The result is stripped down a bit in terms of complexity but still huge on flavor.

How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

What we’ve got here are sweet potato “buns” serving as the bread of the sandwich, layered with super yummy cranberry apple sauce, roasted peppered turkey breast and some shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon. I served it with the pan juices on the side…fancy gravy not necessary.

Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers "Sandwich" |

You could certainly make the components separately and use for any application you’d like or put it all together and make your own “sandwich” to savor the flavors of Thanksgiving before the holiday actually hits.

The sweet potato buns were inspired by Melissa from The Clothes Make the Girl‘s BBQ Beef “Waffle” Sandwich (p 116) in her killer new book, Well Fed 2. Sadly, I’ve got no waffle iron, so I tweaked the ingredients a bit and made them in potato pancake / bun form.

Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers “Sandwich”

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 312 kcal

Make the most of your turkey day leftovers with this Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers "Sandwich." It's gluten-free and so delicious!



For the Roasted Turkey Breast

  • 1 lb leftover turkey

For the Cranberry Apple Sauce

  • 10 oz g fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups chopped apples any kind
  • 1 large orange zest and juice
  • 3 large dried figs chopped
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

For the Sweet Potato Buns


  • 8 oz leftover Brussels sprouts


  1. In a pot over medium heat, combine all the cranberry sauce ingredients. Use a microplane grater to remove the orange zest and add that. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat until the cranberries pop and the apples soften. This keeps for several days so you can make it ahead!

  2. Make the Sweet Potato Waffles according to this recipe:

  3. Finally, assemble your sandwich: Half a waffle as the base, turkey, cranberry sauce, leftover Brussels sprouts, and the other half a waffle.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Thanksgiving Leftovers “Sandwich”
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 498mg14%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 29.7mg36%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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