Don’t know what to do with that leftover turkey… How about panini’s?

This post is sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, but all opinions, awesome ideas, and typos are my own

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, but in our house the traditional meal of turkey with all of the fixings graces our table throughout the season when celebrating holidays with family and friends.   One of my favorite things about turkey, are the leftovers. 

So once I’ve had enough of holiday dishes, and football games are quiet, it’s time to make creative use of our leftovers and stretch out our love of turkey.  It’s time for a sandwich – or as the Italians often say, a “panini”.

 Today I'm whipping up a delicious panini sandwich with leftover turkey from the big bird and a few things I picked up from my local Price Chopper.  Because you know, the day after Thanksgiving, you want to keep it simple to all things kitchen oriented!

Kraft Expertly Paired Cheese Panini

So, I'm going to take that leftover turkey and make it into an ooey, gooey, crispy, crunchy, delightfully delicious sandwich - and you don’t even need a fancy, schmancy panini press! 


What you need:

Here’s how:

First, heat-up your panini press.  Oh wait, I don't have one.  No need friends, here are a couple alternate panini press options.

1)  If you have a grill pan, pull it out and heat it up on the stove.  Have another heavy pan ready to use for the "press".  If you don' have a grill pan a regular skillet will work just fine.  No ridges...but still fabulous.

2) You can also use the grill itself! Fire up the gas grill for a perfectly toasty, truly "grilled" cheese.

Next, take a whole grained bread, add MIRACLE WHIP Dressing, thinly sliced turkey, plum tomatoes, a bit of red onion, and a slice of KRAFT Expertly Paired for Grilled Sandwiches, Mozzarella & Cheddar Cheese!   

Lastly, butter both sides of the sandwich and toast away! Grill for 4 minutes on each side or until sandwich is golden brown and cheese is melted. So there you have it, no panini press required.

Panini grilling in pan

KRAFT Expertly Paired for Grilled Sandwiches, Mozzarella & Cheddar Cheese is perfect for any type of grilled sandwich. Why you ask? (Assuming you would have asked) Because it combines mozzarella and cheddar into ONE cheese slice.  What!?  Yes!  And it makes things easy because you only need one slice to get the combination of a softer melty cheese with the harder, classic cheddar.  Perfect for the toasty panini sandwich.  Yummmm.

.Panini expertly paired Cheese

I want to add that NEW KRAFT Expertly Paired Cheeses take all kinds of dishes, such as tacos, pastas, pizzas, casseroles and egg dishes, to the next level.  You can find all new varieties of KRAFT Expertly Paired Cheese at your local Price Chopper...so take a look-see!

Of course, I can't let you go without sharing how to make panini’s for a crowd, because you know I'm all about having friends over.  Simply choose a side dish you'd like to serve with your sandwiches...maybe a make-ahead soup or salad?  Then prep your sandwiches up to four hours in advance and keep them in the refrigerator until your guests arrive.  Pull them out and start Paniniing (I’m pretty sure that’s a real word!).  Awesome, right?

Easy panini using a grill pan

Now, go have yourself a no muss, no fuss Panini Party and use up that leftover turkey!

xx, Lauren