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Open-Face Turkey Sandwich

An open-face turkey sandwich is one of my favorite ways to enjoy leftovers after any holiday meal. It’s easy to make, delicious, and filling. You can even make this with chicken or beef.

What to Do with Holiday Meal Leftovers

plate of open-face turkey sandwich with a side of cranberry sauce

There are so many different things you can do with leftovers after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday. Please keep in mind that anything you make with cooked chicken you can also make with turkey.

For example, this chicken and rice soup is just as good when you use turkey. It has a slightly different flavor, but it’s as delicious.

Another fun chicken dish you can switch up is this chicken nachos plate. I honestly can’t tell the difference when I use turkey instead.

Try experimenting with various dishes you make with cooked chicken. Swapping it out for turkey opens quite a few options for ways to use leftovers.

Open-Face Turkey Sandwich Ingredients

You don’t need much to make this delicious sandwich. If you have leftovers, use those. 

However, I’ve actually been known to pick up some sliced turkey or roast beef from the deli when I’m in the mood for an open-face sandwich.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 ounces of cooked, sliced leftover turkey
  • 1/2 cup of leftover turkey or chicken gravy 
  • 1 slice of bread, toasted or not

I used to toast my bread for this sandwich, but now I typically don’t. It really doesn’t affect the taste, but it does change the texture. So if you want crunch, please toast the bread.

Another thing I like to add is a spoonful of cranberry sauce to the plate. It’s delicious to add a little bit of it to each bite. 

open-face turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce on the side

The blend of sweet and savory is absolutely delicious.

How to Make an Open-Face Turkey Sandwich

This is probably one of the easiest things you can make in the kitchen. 

First, put the gravy in a small saucepan. I make this delicious gluten-free turkey gravy when I serve turkey.

Even if you can have gluten, you’ll probably like it. In fact, I doubt you can tell the difference.

If you want, you can add the turkey to the gravy and heat it all together. Heat it on medium until it is hot.

Secondly, place the bread or toast on a plate. 

bread on a plate

Next, put the turkey on top of the bread. 

You can use either thick or thin slices.

slices of turkey on bread

After the gravy is as hot as you want it, drizzle it over the bread and turkey.

It’s up to you whether you want a little bit or a lot of gravy. I like a lot.

pouring gravy over turkey and bread

More Sides to Go with Your Sandwich

You really don’t need anything else if you’re serving this for lunch. It’s filling and oh-so satisfying.

However, if you’re really hungry but don’t want to double this recipe, you can add chips to your plate.

Or make a salad to go with it. If I’m serving this open-face turkey sandwich for supper, I might include this creamy coleslaw or this broccoli slaw for some extra crunch.

Another salad we enjoy on the side is this tomato cucumber corn salad. This makes a complete meal with a great balance of nutrition.

turkey and gravy on a slice of bread with cranberry sauce on the side

Even More Recipes

The kitchen is the heart of most homes, so I try to make it as fun and interesting as possible.

To me, cooking is one of the things that makes it fun. That’s why I like to have a wide range of recipes.

When you’re serving appetizers and snacks, it’s always nice to have a veggie and/or cracker tray. If you do that, then make this zesty dipping sauce to take the treats to another level.

We also like these delicious roasted pecans. Put them on the appetizer table or enjoy them when you’re watching movies.

A recent addition here is this super easy but delicious roasted Brussels sprouts recipe. They’re an excellent side dish that goes with anything.

Another yummy side dish is this garlic zucchini parmesan. It’s packed with flavor and lots of nutritious goodness. 

If you’re looking for a meal to bump up your family’s nutrition, try making Greek chicken with zoodles. I used to have to make my own zoodles with fresh zucchini, but most grocery stores sell them in produce or the freezer section now.

These honey roasted sweet potatoes are out-of-this-world delicious! They’re perfect for a holiday spread as well as any normal family dinner.

When it’s time for dessert, check out this tiramisu parfait from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. Miz Helen is a fabulous cook, and she loves sharing some of her best recipes.

Among our favorite desserts that I make is a pan of these delicious chocolate caramel pecan bars. They’re perfect when you crave something sweet.

See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday.

Yield: 1 sandwich

Open-Face Turkey Sandwich

open-face turkey sandwich with cranberries

An open-face turkey sandwich is the perfect meal to make with holiday leftovers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3-4 ounces of cooked, sliced turkey
  • 1/2 cup of leftover turkey gravy
  • 1 slice of bread, regular or toasted


  1. Put the gravy in a small saucepan. Heat it on medium until it is hot.
  2. Place the bread or toast on a plate.
  3. Layer the turkey on top of the bread.
  4. After the gravy is hot, drizzle the gravy over it.


  • You can add the turkey to the gravy while it heats up.
  • If you have leftover cranberry sauce, add it to your plate. It’s delicious with this open-face sandwich.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 508Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 189mgSodium 4892mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 3gSugar 15gProtein 51g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Thursday 26th of November 2020

That looks like my favorite kind of comfort food!

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