The Best Leftover Turkey Sandwich Ever

The perfect way to use your leftover turkey from your holiday celebration. Warm, juicy turkey covered in brie and cranberry aioli served on warm, crusty bread.

left over turkey sandwich on ciabatta bread with brie and cranberry aioli

Now that your holiday celebration is over, I bet you’re looking for something to make with your leftover turkey. Look no further, this leftover turkey sandwich with brie and cranberry aioli is it!

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I’ll be honest, I look forward to the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas a little more than I look forward to the actual day. Why? Because I dream of this sandwich all year! For several years now, we’ve been enjoying delicious leftover turkey sandwiches the day after our big meal.

Do I Have to Use Brie or Can I Use a Different Cheese?

The combination of melted brie with cranberry aioli is perfection! It’s the right balance between savory and sweet. You can use other cheeses as well, but I like brie the best. I would say other good choices would be Gouda, Muenster, Manchego, or even goat cheese for a little extra twang!

spreading brie on ciabatta bread

As far as the cranberry aioli, you can get the super easy recipe below. Make sure you’re using whole cranberry sauce and not jellied cranberry sauce.

side view of left over turkey sandwich on ciabatta bread with brie and cranberry aioli

What Kind of Bread Is Best for A Leftover Turkey Sandwich?

My family loves crusty bread. Our favorites are ciabatta and sourdough. Any artisan bread will work for this sandwich. So pick what your family loves. I usually buy the bread and the cheese on the same day I buy everything for our Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, that way I don’t have to go to the store the day after.

overhead shot of bread, turkey, brie and cranberry aioli

I love the ciabatta rolls from Trader Joe’s since they already come in perfect little squares. If I can’t make it to Trader Joe’s, then I buy whatever crusty bread looks good at my local supermarket and we slice it ourselves.

How Can I Make the Leftover Turkey Juicier?

My only issue with leftover turkey is that it can get a bit dry. To fix this, I slice the turkey I’m going to use for our sandwiches and I heat it up on a skillet with a combination of butter and chicken stock. It’s so delicious! The turkey comes out juicy and ready to be enjoyed in your sandwich.

turkey slices on the skillet

I know you will enjoy this delicious leftover Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Aioli and Brie. It has now become a family tradition to eat it after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and after you taste it, I bet you’ll be dreaming of it all year like I do!

a leftover turkey sandwich with cranberry aioli sitting on a plate with a loaf of bread and small bowl of cranberry aioli in the background

Leftover Turkey Sandwich


5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
The most perfectly delicious way to serve up that leftover turkey after the holidays. The juicy turkey, with melty brie, and copious amounts of cranberry aioli offers an explosion of holiday flavors.
left over turkey sandwich on ciabatta bread with brie and cranberry aioli

Essential Equipment


for the Turkey

for the Sandwich


  • Warm a skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter to the warm skillet, allow it to melt and then add the turkey to the skillet and sauté in the butter for 30 seconds.
  • Lower the heat on the stove and then add the chicken stock to the skillet and spread the turkey out evenly across the bottom of the skillet and allow it to cook in the stock until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Brush the insides of two slices of ciabatta bread with melted butter and then grill it on a hot skillet until lightly browned.
  • Spread the brie on the bottom slice of bread until it is fully covered, place the hot slices of turkey on top of the brie, and slather the bottom side of the top slice of bread with a generous amount of cranberry aioli.
  • Close the sandwich and then place back on the skillet to lightly grill the bottom of the sandwich until the brie begins to melt.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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