AmazingRibs.com is supported by our Pitmaster Club. Also, when you buy with links on our site we may earn a finder’s fee. Click to see how we test and review products.

Leftover Grilled Turkey Cuban Sandwich Recipe From Bobby Flay

turkey slices

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey has never tasted better than it does in this recipe for a grilled turkey Cuban sandwich from Bobby Flay.

I interviewed Flay, the Food Network star, restaurateur, and cookbook author in fall 2009 about what he likes to do with leftover turkey. He’s a big sports fan and he loves to settle into the couch with a big turkey sandwich. He cooks his indoors, but I like mine on the grill, so I’ve made some minor changes and added instructions for making these sandwiches outdoors.

Grilled Turkey Cuban Sandwich Recipe


Tried this recipe?Tell others what you thought of it and give it a star rating below.
3.1 from 21 votes
Here's how I make a turkey sandwich with leftover turkey thanks to a recipe from Bobby Flay. Flay was sponsored by Hellman's, so he specified this brand. Since I like Hellman's, too, I have left the brand names in the recipe.

Course:
Dinner
,
Lunch
,
Main Course
Cuisine:
American
,
Cuban

Makes:

Servings: 1 sandwich

Takes:

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Hellman's Dijonnaise Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cranberry relish
  • 1 dash Morton coarse kosher salt
  • 1 dash finely ground black pepper
  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 slices thinly sliced deli ham
  • 3 slices sliced turkey
  • 4 slices dill pickle
  • 2 tablespoons Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise
Notes:
About the Dijonnaise. Dijonnaise is a blend of mayo and Dijon-style mustard. If you don't have it, use 3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard with 1 tablespoon mayo.
About the salt. Remember, kosher salt is half the concentration of table salt so if you use table salt, use half as much. Click here to read more about salt and how it works.
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Method

  • Whisk together the Dijonnaise and cranberry relish in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  • Put the bread on a flat surface and spread each slice with some of the Dijonnaise mixture. Top 1 of the slices of bread with the cheese, ham, turkey another slice of cheese, and pickles (in that order). Place the remaining bread on top, mayonnaise side down.
  • There are different ways to cook this sandwich so here's the concept: We're going to crisp and brown the exterior by coating it with mayo and then applying the medium heat. Here are the details:
  • a) Panini press. Pre-heat a panini press. Slather the bottom with 1 tablespoon mayo, sit it on the press, and slaterh the top, close the press. Remove when GAD (golden and delicious).
  • b) Frying pan. Wrap a brick in heavy duty aluminum foil (if not using a panini press) and preheat the pan over a medium flame. Coat the bottom with mayo, put the sandwich in, coat the top, and place the brick on top. When the bottom is golden, after 2 to 3 minutes, flip it and cook the other side.
  • c) Griddling. When I griddle sandwiches I use the flat side of two griddles, one on top and one on bottom. Works just like a panini press.
  • d) Grilling. Setup the grill for direct cooking, but keep the temp medium on a gas grill or, on a charcoal grill, spread the coals out in one layer so they are not touching. Clean the hot grill grates on well. Put the sandwich on the grill and press it down with a brick wrapped in foil or a heavy pan. Don't wander off. In about two minutes peak at the bottom. Get the bread golden brown or as dark as you like it, but don't burn it. Flip and repeat. If the edges char a bit, scrape off the char with a light touch on a serrated steak knife.
    As an alternative, put the sandwich in a pie iron and put it over the hot part of the grill.
  • Cut in half and serve warm.
  • Photo of Bobby Flay courtesy of Bobby Flay.

Nutrition

Calories: 895kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 2639mg | Potassium: 574mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 628IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 577mg | Iron: 2mg

Related articles

Published On: 6/14/2013 Last Modified: 10/7/2021

  • Meathead - Founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, Meathead is known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.


If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and much more!

Millions come to AmazingRibs.com every month for quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 4,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner like TV network or a magazine publisher to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club, but please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get 21 great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial membership, and help keep this site alive.


Post comments and questions below

grouchy?

1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.

Moderators

  Max

Click for comments...

Spotlight

These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs


Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

Fireboard Labs Product Photo Shoot. Kansas City Commercial Portrait and Wedding Photographers ©Kevin Ashley Photography

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
Click here to read our detailed review


Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

3 burner gas grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Click here to read our complete review


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

Click here to read our detailed review and to order


The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special



Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
Click here for our review of this superb smoker