It’s that time of year again. The time that I so wish I could be in the USA experiencing a proper Thanksgiving. I blame Friends for this. I grew up with that show and the Thanksgiving episodes are some of my favourites. Who can forget Joey’s wearing a turkey on his head or Chandler’s toe being chopped off or Ross’ “Moist maker”. These episodes gave me an idea of what Thanksgiving was and man, how I long for it. For us, Christmas is the closest we come. A day spent with family eating all of the food and pigging out on the leftovers the next day. It’s also the day that we make turkey because when else are we meant to? I always use my Gran’s turkey and stuffing recipe because to this day, I have not found a more delicious way of doing it.
And even though I love Christmas day, the leftovers on Boxing day is what gets me excited. Turning the leftover turkey or gammon (ham) into something delectable is a challenge I set myself every year. On particularly lazy days, I shove a few slices of turkey and stuffing between two slices of bread and a call it a day but I’ve used the ham in everything from eggs benedict to pasta bakes and I treat the turkey the same way I would chicken. Quesidillas, salads, you name it, I make it. This year, my turkey leftovers will be turned into this bad boy. An almighty sandwich made incredible with the addition of crispy bacon, ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce and a tangy, creamy jalapeno mayo. Ohh yeaah!
I love a good BLT and the addition of turkey makes it all the better. That jalapeno mayo is the real kicker here though. It’s sharp tang is what you want to jazz up the (some would say) boring turkey and this along with the slices of fresh tomato is what adds juiciness to this sandwich. I used slices of crushed wheat bread but regular ol’ white bread will do just as fine. It’s important though to toast the bread because if you don’t, this sandwich will just fall apart into a big pile of mush. I even let the toast cool slightly to make sure that it’s really crunchy. You kinda want that texture coming through. And that’s it really, this sandwich looks super impressive but it couldn’t be simpler and of course, you can make this a single layer sandwich but festive feasting is all about indulgence, no? So get excited for those leftovers, and for the love of Thanksgiving, tell me what you to plan to make with yours!
- 1 cup mayonnaise (I used Hellmanns)
- 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, finely chopped
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
- salt, to taste
- sliced bread of your choice, toasted
- leftover turkey, sliced
- crisp streaky bacon
- fresh tomatoes, sliced
- To make the mayo, combine the ingredients and mix well.
- To assemble the sandwich, spread the jalapeno mayo on a slice of bread then top with lettuce, tomato, turkey and bacon.
- Top with another slice of bread and repeat. Close the sandwich with another jalapeno mayo-slathered slice of toast.
- Cut in half and serve immediately.