Turkey, Spinach and Cheese Panini with Mayonnaise

The best part about paninis is that they can be made with just about anything you have on hand.  This is a great time of year for these warm grilled sandwiches. Just think of all those Thanksgiving leftovers in the refrigerator right now! It doesn't take long to start dreaming about all the possible combinations.  I made this one the other day and it turned out to be a keeper.

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Turkey, Spinach and Cheese Panini with Mayonnaise
2 slices of good quality sandwich bread
1 handful of baby spinach leaves
3 oz of leftover turkey, torn
1 to 2 oz of cheese (Swiss, Colby, muenster, or whatever you have on hand - I used mild cheddar)
2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise, divided
1 Tablespoon of cranberry sauce
1 teaspoon of yellow mustard or dijon (I'm a huge fan of simple yellow mustard)
soft butter

1. Gather all your ingredients in one place.

2. Mix 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard.

3. Spread the mayonnaise and mustard mixture on one side of a piece of bread.

4. Pile the torn turkey on top of the mayonnaise and mustard mixture.

5. Place the spinach leaves on top of the turkey.

6. Cover the spinach with the cheese slices.

7. Mix the remaining mayonnaise with the cranberry sauce.

8. Spread the mayonnaise and cranberry mixture on one side of the other piece of bread.

9. Butter the outside of both sides of the sandwich.

10. Place sandwich in a panini press, George Foreman grill, grill pan, or frying pan.  I used my George Foreman grill and my sandwich was ready in four minutes.

11. Cut the sandwich diagonally and serve.


  1. Just looking at this made me hungry.
    Looking forward to trying this recipe. m


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