5-Minute Easy Leftover Turkey and Leftover Cranberry Sauce Tea Sandwiches
I came up with this quick easy way to use leftover turkey and leftover cranberry sauce to make tea sandwiches as a modified version of a recipe I saw in this Best Recipes Video on YouTube the other day. They use prosciutto and fig jam (with a ricotta, gorgonzola, and honey mixture) for their tea sandwiches. I thought leftover turkey and leftover cranberry sauce would work well too.
You can use this recipe to make normal-size sandwiches, but the tea sandwiches are so cute and classy looking, haha. :) Also, making tea sandwiches or mini-size food helps me trick myself into eating small portions and usually eating less.
In the video, they make a ricotta cheese mix with gorgonzola, honey, lemon zest and a little salt. They use lemon zest; I just used some lemon juice from the squeeze bottle (much easier). I also just got some bleu cheese from the salad bar instead of getting gorgonzola. I get a lot of ingredients for the salad bar to cook for myself (see link).
Bleu cheese and gorgonzola are both funky cheeses; not everyone likes them and you could leave it out. I love them. They are slightly similar in taste, so I thought bleu cheese would be a good substitute. They are both injected with Pencillium glaucum mold which are the blue parts that you see in the cheeses. Gorgonzola was first produced in Italy in 879 AD! Bleu cheese was discovered by accident (I guess someone just saw some moldy cheese and ate it. Haha :) ) in the early middle ages. https://www.diffen.com/difference/Bleu_Cheese_vs_Gorgonzola
Total prep time: 2-5 minutes. (There is no cooking. :) )
Ingredients: (for 3 or 4 tea sandwiches)
- Leftover turkey
- Leftover cranberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons of ricotta cheese
- bleu cheese (as much as you like or none at all)
- I probably put 1 or 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons of ricotta
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (I like lemon juice; you could use less)
- pinch of salt
- white bread or wheat bread (I used both.)
Equipment: circle cookie cutter (if making a tea-sandwich), bowl, plate and knife
1.) Mix ricotta, bleu cheese, honey, and lemon juice (or lemon zest) into a bowl.
2.) If making tea sandwiches, use the circle cookie cutter to cut bread into small circles.
-- I could fit 2 or 3 circles per piece of bread.
-- Note: Each little tea sandwich will be made of 3 little pieces of bread.
-- If you want to make tea sandwiches and don't have a circle cookie cutter, you could also make small triangle sandwiches.
- Cut the crusts off the bread and then cut the bread into one-fourth pieces to make small triangles (cutting in half on the diagonal and then cutting in half again.)
3.) Spread ricotta mixture onto a piece of bread and then spread a little cranberry sauce on top.
4.) Put another piece of bread on top.
5.) Repeat spreading the ricotta mixture and cranberry sauce.
6.) Add a little bit of turkey
7.) Add a little more bleu cheese (optional).
8.) Top with 3rd piece of bread.
How nice and classy does that look? Haha. :) It's pretty healthy too. It's really tasty. I would not have thought to mix ricotta with honey or bleu cheese/gorgonzola without watching this Best Recipes Video on YouTube, but it's good. The ricotta mixture has a nice smooth texture from the ricotta with the funk of bleu cheese, a little sweet from honey and brightness from the lemon juice. You also get the tart sweet flavor from cranberries and then you got some good turkey too.
Give it a try! We are good at this!