Turkey and Cheese Sandwich

Cyd Converse

Lots of simple ways to turn the humble turkey and cheese sandwich into something special!

Whilst plain old turkey and cheese sandwiches may remind you of lunches that Mom used to pack you for school, there are loads of ways to jazz them up and make them incredibly delicious. Turkey's subtle flavor lends itself well to a range of flavors, giving you the chance to get creative.

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Choosing the best bread

Before you begin to assemble your sandwiches, remember that you are not limited to simply white or brown bread!

You can try croissants, cuban rolls, hoagies, crusty bread, pitas, pumpernickel or a pretzel bun.  Varying the types of bread you use helps to add new flavors and textures, making your sandwiches fun.

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Some breads also work better depending on what sort of sandwich you are making. For example, if you are making a turkey and cheese sandwich that you want to pile high with yummy ingredients -  creating a whopper of a sandwich - you will want bread that holds everything in. Thinly sliced bread may not be able to hold everything together and may tear.

Let’s have a look at some great ways to make turkey sandwiches. Don’t forget - you can skip the deli turkey for many of these and use any leftover turkey you may have. 

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Turkey, Bacon & Cheese Breakfast Croissant

This is the perfect way to start your morning! Slice a croissant and pack it full of turkey, bacon and your favorite cheese - although we find the creaminess of goat’s cheese works really well in this recipe. You can add some cranberry sauce for more a festive themed breakfast croissant. Feel free to also add an egg! 

Cuban Roll

If you have a panini press (or even simply a heated frying pan!), this fun sandwich is warm and delicious. Load turkey, ham, pickles and Swiss cheese on a Cuban roll and press/fry until the roll is looking toasty and the cheese is melting. 


Create an Italian inspired antipasto sandwich by starting out with a sliced hoagie. Pack in your favorite cured meats, roasted peppers, spinach, artichoke hearts, olives and mozzarella. You can even add a dollop of pesto! 

Crusty Bread

Thick, warm, crusty bread makes a perfect base for a turkey salad sandwich! When making your turkey salad, consider adder a squeeze of lemon, diced red onion and chopped fresh parsley to pack a punch of flavor. 


If you are hoping to use up any Thanksgiving leftovers, this is the ‘sandwich’ for you! Load a pita with leftover turkey, cranberry sauce and leftover stuffing. Throwing in a handful of pomegranate seeds adds a unique touch. You can add in some Greek yogurt to make it a bit more creamy.


Make a delicious turkey, pepper, grilled cheese sandwich using pumpernickel. You can opt for spicy cheese that really adds a depth of flavor. Roasting peppers also makes this a truly grown up grilled cheese! 

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Pretzel Bun

Pretzel buns are always a great option but even better when loaded up with turkey, avocado, tomatoes, bacon and a hearty serving of ranch!

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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