Grilled Cheese Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich on White Parchment Paper with Paring Knife

Grilled Cheese Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

You won’t even realize you’re eating leftovers with this Grilled Cheese Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich. It has turkey, sweet apple, tart cranberry sauce, tons of Tillamook cheese, and fried sage.
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 405kcal
Author Faith Gorsky


Fried Sage:

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 8 fresh sage leaves

Grilled Cheese Sandwich:

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 large slices bread I used country oat bread
  • 2/3 cup Tillamook Farmstyle Thick Cut Sharp Cheddar Shreds
  • 2 tablespoons whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 small apple thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces sliced turkey breast leftovers from Thanksgiving, or from the deli to make this year-round


For the Fried Sage:

  • Add the butter to a medium skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the sage leaves and cook until crispy, about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

For the Grilled Cheese Sandwich:

  • Spread 1/2 tablespoon butter on 1 side of each slice of bread.
  • Place 1 slice of bread (butter side down) on a cutting board. Evenly spread on 1/3 cup Tillamook Farmstyle Thick Cut Sharp Cheddar Shreds. Dot the cranberry sauce on top. Arrange the apple on top of the cranberry sauce. Layer on the slice turkey breast. Top with 4 fried sage leaves. Evenly spread on the remaining 1/3 cup cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top (butter side up).
  • Grill the sandwich in a skillet (or on a griddle) medium-low to low heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Serve with the remaining fried sage leaves on top.


  • Shredded cheese is great for making grilled cheese because it melts faster and more evenly than sliced cheese. 
  • If you don’t have leftover turkey on hand, you can use leftover chicken or pick up sliced turkey breast from the deli counter at the grocery store.
  • Yes, it takes a little bit longer to cook, but to ensure even grilling and fully melted cheese, it’s best to cook your grilled cheese low and slow!


Serving: 0.5sandwich | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 727IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 1mg