Leftover Christmas Panini

The Holidays have ended, and you have so much food in your fridge…

In the wake of the festive feasts, the refrigerator becomes a treasure trove of possibilities, holding the remnants of a Christmas banquet. Rather than reheating the same dishes, why not get creative  with your Christmas leftovers? Transforming yesterday’s roast turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce into new and exciting meals not only reduces food waste but also adds a creative twist to the post-holiday dining experience.

Let’s turn those Christmas dinner leftovers into a delicious and hearty Turkey Cranberry Panini. This recipe is a creative way to reinvent your holiday feast for a tasty and satisfying meal.


  • Leftover turkey slices
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Leftover stuffing
  • Sliced brie cheese
  • Sliced sourdough (or your favourite bread)
  • Butter for spreading


Preheat the Panini Press:

Turn on your Panini press or heat a skillet over medium heat.

Assemble the Panini:

Take two slices of your chosen bread. On one slice, layer slices of leftover turkey. Spread a generous spoonful of cranberry sauce on the other slice. Place a layer of brie cheese over the cranberry sauce.

Add Leftover Stuffing:

Take a portion of your leftover stuffing and place it on top of the turkey slices. This adds a savoury and comforting element to the panini.

Combine and Butter:

Press the two slices together to form a sandwich. Lightly spread butter on the outer sides of the bread for a golden and crispy finish.

Panini Press or Skillet:

If using a Panini press, place the sandwich on the press and close the lid. Cook until the bread is golden brown, and the cheese is melted. If using a skillet, cook the sandwich on both sides until the bread is crispy, and the cheese is gooey.

Slice and Serve:

Carefully remove the panini from the press or skillet. Allow it to cool for a moment, then slice it diagonally. Serve your Turkey Cranberry Panini with a side of leftover gravy for dipping, creating a delicious post-Christmas treat.

This Panini transforms Christmas dinner leftovers into a delightful and comforting meal, capturing the essence of the holiday season in every bite. Enjoy your festive reinvention!