Thanksgiving Leftovers Grilled Cheese Recipe

Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

This is the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich that you make late, late Thanksgiving night when the apple pie has settled, but the red wine is still kicked in at full force. Bread. Butter. Cheese slices. Fistfuls of leftovers jammed into the middle. All grilled until golden, buttery brown. Gravy.

Ah, contented sleeeeeeep.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 slices bread

  • 1/2 pound mixed Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey, stuffing, vegetables)

  • 2 slices cheddar, jack, Swiss, or American cheese

  • 1/4 cup leftover gravy


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat until melted. Add bread and swirl to coat evenly in butter. Cook, shaking pan and moving bread occasionally until light golden brown on one side. Transfer bread to cutting board, browned-side up.

  2. Place 1 slice of cheese on top of browned surface of each slice of bread. Top with thanksgiving leftovers, layering as desired. Close sandwiches so that non-browned side is facing outwards.

  3. Heat half tablespoon butter over medium heat until melted and add sandwich. Cook, moving occasionally, until deep golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove sandwich and melt remaining half tablespoon butter. Return sandwich to skillet to brown second side, about 3 minutes longer. Serve with hot gravy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1011 Calories
62g Fat
79g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 1011
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 62g 80%
Saturated Fat 30g 152%
Cholesterol 190mg 63%
Sodium 1534mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 570mg 44%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 563mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)