Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

Gourmet Cranberry Turkey Sandwich, perfect for grown-up brown bag lunches.

Today, I’m sharing one of my very favorite sandwich recipes, Cranberry Turkey Sandwich. Sliced turkey, piled high on a freshly baked croissant, layered with tender baby spinach and tart whole berry cranberry sauce. What makes it really special is a thin layer of cream cheese. This sandwich definitely gets me in the mood for fall, but to tell you the truth, I crave it year-round.

Gourmet Cranberry Turkey Sandwich, with baby spinach and cream cheese.

This sandwich recipe goes back many years to when my big guy was just a little guy. After he was born in 2005, I went back to my full-time job working for a new home builder. The work was stressful and demanding, and the hours where long. Not a good fit for this new mom.

After just a few months back at work full-time, I gave my notice and left to start my own business as a mobile notary. The notary business was slow at first, so I started making and delivering sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goods, fresh from my kitchen, to local businesses and teachers. Small scale bagged lunch catering. It was a lot of fun, and I loved developing recipes and packaging up my goodies. 

After about a year, the notary business, which was much more lucrative, started keeping me very busy. At this point, my little guy had also become mobile, so something had to give. I left my short lived life as a caterer behind. 

Gourmet Cranberry Turkey Sandwich, with baby spinach and cream cheese.

The point of that semi-long, seemingly unrelated story is that I have developed some really great sandwich recipes, and I’m going to share them on the blog. So let’s call this part one of my grown-up brown bag series. 

Gourmet Cranberry Turkey Sandwich, with baby spinach and cream cheese.

Perfect for taking to work, bridal/baby showers, or anytime really, these recipes can easily be made the night before. I love anything I can make ahead of time, especially when I have company coming.

Gourmet Cranberry Turkey Sandwich, with baby spinach and cream cheese.

Cranberry Turkey Sandwich

Croissant or bread of choice

Whole berry canned cranberry sauce, usually stocked year-round

Freshly sliced roasted turkey lunchmeat, from the deli section

Baby spinach

Cream cheese

Slice croissant, spread a layer of cream cheese on the bottom half, followed by a layer of baby spinach. Pile on turkey, followed by a generous amount of cranberry sauce. 

Can be tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and served the next day. 

Keep this sandwich in mind for the day after thanksgiving. It is absolutely delicious with leftover turkey and homemade cranberry sauce. 

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  1. One of my faves too! I miss the good ol’ “Melissa sandwich” days!!!

  2. Holy hungriness now! I am definitely pinning this one!

  3. Yum. Love cranberries with my turkey sandwiches.

  4. Thanks for following me on Twitter…what an adorable blog. This sandwich looks delish. Pinning it for sure! BTW I followed you back on Twitter.

  5. Wow! These look SO yummy! I might have to make myself one soon!

  6. seriously, this looks and sounds awesome! I’m always craving thanksgiving dinner!

  7. One of my all time favorite sandwiches. I look forward to the cooler months so I can roast a turkey more often & have these yummy lunch time treats.

  8. This sounds delish! Looking forward to trying it for school lunches.

  9. Hi Melissa! I’m featuring your incredibly delicious sounding sandwich as this week’s Food Porn Friday photo on my blog’s sidebar. Thanks so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to make my own bite of goodness.

  10. This looks delicious!!

  11. I so need to try this next time around!

  12. I make one similar with cream cheese spread with pineapple, ham, and put it on cinnamon raisin bread. I’m going to try this version, sounds wonderful!

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