Thursday, December 18, 2014

52 sandwiches #52 (!) turkey, stuffing, & cranberry panini

When my friend Denise and I went to Starbucks the other day, they were advertising this holiday turkey and stuffing panini. I thought to myself, "I must make this sandwich for my 52 sandwiches project!" This will be the last sandwich I will be making as part of my project (but I like sandwiches so much I will likely be sharing new sandwich recipes here from time to time).

Several sandwiches ago, I made a turkey and cranberry sandwich somewhat inspired by Panera's turkey and cranberry flatbread. It was tasty, but not quite the flavor I was looking for. Taking the best from the sandwich at Starbucks and the best from the sandwich at Panera will, I think, produce one, phenomenal sandwich. I had to put it to the test.
52 sandwiches no. 52 (!) turkey, stuffing, & cranberry panini
First things first, I made Panera's cranberry mostarda. I cut the recipe in half, but you can use the full recipe if you'd like. See the recipe here.
To make the mostarda, combine a 1/4 c. of cranberries, 1/2 tsp. of thyme, and about 1/3 c. of water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 3 min., stirring occasionally. Next, add 1/6 c. of sugar (sorry I'm working with 1/2 measurements), 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1/2 tbsp. of white wine vinegar, 1/2 tbsp. of lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. of salt, and 1/8 tsp. of pepper. Simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 c. of water with 1 tsp. of cornstarch, then add it to the saucepan. Cook for 1 to 2- stir until thickened.

Second things second, make your favorite stuffing. I made it from a box. Boom.

To make this sandwich, preheat your panini maker. Spread the cranberry mostarda on one side of your flatbread. On the other side, spread your prepared stuffing. We're working from the outside in. Next, add your turkey (I got mine from the deli), spinach, and gravy (store-bought is easiest). Carefully put your sandwich together. Press your sandwich in your panini maker until golden.
52 sandwiches no. 52 (!) turkey, stuffing, & cranberry panini
Then, you know what to do. Eat. This sandwich was phenomenal, and that's a fact. ;)

** I am attempting to make I made 52 sandwiches. Read more about how this project got started here. See all the sandwiches I've made here.**