Truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I adore potatoes in every form, except for mashed. Gravy, especially with pan drippings, is a sauce that I’m happy to live without. Pie crust is boring and bland to my taste buds – no matter how flaky. I prefer chicken to freshly cooked turkey. And those overly sweetened sweet potatoes – why would you destroy such an amazing vegetable? I know that my opinions in this arena aren’t popular, BUT, I have to admit that I love the leftovers. Chilled stuffing and turkey are an amazing luxury, and just a few years ago I developed an admiration for cold turkey cranberry sandwiches.
Many people slather those turkey cranberry sandwiches with soft cheese or mayonnaise (the latter I admit is quite delicious), but another, healthier option is hummus. An “original” or “classic” flavor melds nicely with the cranberry sauce and offers a more substantial, creamy layer that contrasts the crunch of lettuce and sliced onion.
Special Diet Notes & Options: Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches
By ingredients, this recipe can be dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and soy-free. Just use caution when selecting your hummus. Some flavors contain dairy and/or nuts, and many varieties are made with soybean oil. For gluten-free turkey cranberry sandwiches, simply toast up slices of your favorite gluten-free bread. I’ve included my recommendations for dairy-free bread varieties (including a gluten-free option) in the recipe.
- 2 slices sourdough, hearty country, or whole grain bread (we like Rudi's dairy-free Bakery, which has both an Organic line and a range of Gluten-Free bread)
- ¼ cup hummus (such Sabra's Classic Hummus)
- 2 leaves bibb or Boston lettuce
- 2 thin slices purple onion
- 2-3¼-inch thick slices leftover turkey
- ¼ cup cranberry sauce
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Spread both pieces of bread with hummus.
- Layer on lettuce, purple onion, turkey, cranberry sauce and another layer of lettuce, salt and pepper, to taste.
- Add top piece of bread, hummus side down.