Copycat Panera Roasted Turkey, Apple, and Cheddar Sandwich: Slices of roasted turkey, sweet apples, and sharp cheddar cheese are piled high on homemade cranberry walnut bread with a tangy honey mustard. Perfect use for leftover turkey or rotessiere chicken even!
Have you ever had a craving for something that just had to be satisifed or a beast was liable to emerge from your being? And no, these cravings do NOT just happen to pregnant women!
After 6 hours of doctor appointments, I was facing a 3 hour drive home from my Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. I had left my house nearly 10 hours earlier, and even though it was a relatively good appointment, I was EXHAUSTED! And hungry. More like HANGRY–so hungry, I was verging on becoming an angry beast. I had planned for a long day. I packed tons of high protein snacks and water bottles..but after the appointment, no amount of trail mix or granola bars were going to satisfy me.
I wanted a sandwich. A turkey and cheese sandwich. An odd craving, but it was what I wanted and I was bound and determined to find a Panera or local grocery shop that I could get a good quality turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread.
After about 2 hours of driving, and lots of passed dining options that disgusted me, I found a Panera. Oh, I was so happy! And even though I was just an hour from home and there was homemade lasagna leftover for me, I wanted a sandwich.
I got to the counter to order my turkey and cheese, and saw that Panera had a seasonal Turkey sandwich that had slices of apple, sharp cheddar cheese served on whole grain cranberry bread–Um, yes, please! I didn’t know how much THAT was the actual sandwich my tired body was yearning for until I saw it.
And when I bit into it, perfection! Sweet, tart, savory and filling–it was everything I needed. But as much as I love Panera, my bank account does not want to pay $10 per sandwich.
So I decided to recreate their masterpiece at home. And I was successful–the sandwich at home was AMAZING (maybe even better than Panera!)
This sandwich is really quite easy when you have the right ingredients on hand. I used leftover roasted turkey (great for after Thanksgiving!), but even rotessiere chicken will work. I also used my homemade Whole Wheat Cranberry Walnut Bread, which I highly suggest, but you can use store bought bread as well.
Then it is just a matter of layering–thick slices of turkey, slices of sharp white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced Gala apples, sharp cheddar, onions, lettuce, all finished with a honey mustard. So much perfection, I can hardly contain myself!
This is a MUST–especially with leftover Turkey!
- 8 slices Cranberry Walnut bread
- 4 ounces of sharp white cheddar cheese, sliced
- 1 gala apple, thinly sliced (or other sweet apple)
- 8 pieces of lettuce, about size of bread
- 8-10 ounces thick sliced roasted turkey breast
- ½ red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons dijion mustard.
- Make the Honey mustard by mixing together the honey and mustard. Spread on all 8 slices of bread.
- Layer 4 slices of bread with the turkey, apple, cheese, onion, and lettuce. Place remaining 4 slices of bread on top of sandwiches and slice. Serve.
Check out this recipe on Meal Plan Monday.