I am not a fan of the word leftovers. In fact, I’m not that fond of leftovers. Usually the taste of leftovers falls far short from the original taste of the goodness of the dish that was set in front of you at your favorite restaurant or from your kitchen.

It loses something. Such is not the case in my opinion of the leftovers that you get from Thanksgiving. I think it’s the marrying of spices that get a chance to hang out another night that brings the flavor out in your turkey, gravy and particularly stuffing to the forefront of your taste buds.

The key to outstanding Thanksgiving leftovers is to reheat and reconstitute the flavors without using the microwave. That only suppresses the flavors. I have a great recipe for an open face turkey sandwich that when properly reheated will bring out the flavors of your Thanksgiving dinner to an all time high.

Use a sauce pan for reheating your gravy on low to medium heat. Once the gravy is almost to a very low boil add your turkey and stuffing making sure that both the turkey and stuffing are cooked thoroughly through.

Have your cranberry sauce rest at room temperature then slowly assemble your bread, stuffing, cranberry sauce and then turkey, add just a little more gravy and that open face turkey sandwich will melt in your mouth. It makes a difference to the way you reheat your leftovers. Enjoy the goodness.


1 slice of whole grain or rye bread
¼ pound of sliced turkey ( I prefer the dark meat which stays a little more moist and has a little more flavor
2 ½ - 3 tablespoons of stuffing (room temperature)
2 tablespoons of cranberry sauce (room temperature)
¼ cup of warm leftover gravy
Salt and pepper to taste


On slice of bread evenly spread cranberry sauce add stuffing and spread even layer over cranberry sauce. Add turkey slices over stuffing. Pour warm gravy (generously) over top of turkey. Serve with pickles. Salt and pepper to taste. Simple, but oh so good!

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. Any opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.

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