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Turkey Panini

This Turkey Panini is made with leftover holiday turkey, apple butter, cheddar cheese, and apple slices on deliciously hearty bread. Super easy and a perfect meal for those lazy days following the holiday.
Course dinner, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, cheddar, panini, sandwich, turkey
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches


  • 4 slices of hearty bread
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • ¼ cup apple butter
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese thinly sliced
  • 1 apple thinly sliced
  • ½ pound sliced deli turkey - or thin pieces of turkey leftovers
  • 8 leaves fresh sage


  • Pre-heat the panini maker.
  • Get all of the ingredients ready as you will need to assemble the sandwich once the first slice of bread is placed on the hot panini maker - working quickly.
  • Spread the butter evenly on one side of each slice of the bread.
  • Place one slice of the bread on the preheated panini maker, buttered side of bread down.
  • Working quickly, spread apple butter evenly on that piece of bread.
  • Add the cheese, then the apples.
  • Layer the turkey evenly, followed by the sage.
  • Top with more apples and then cheese.
  • Add apple butter to the other side of the remaining piece of buttered bread.
  • Place that piece of bread on top of the sandwich.
  • Close the panini lid and press the sandwiches together.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes until the bread is crispy and browned. Serve warm.


**Note - many panini makers have settings that you can adjust to control the heat for both the top and the bottom. I like to set the bottom on low so the sandwich will cook slowly, giving me time to assemble. Then I set the top to a hotter setting so it can cook faster and catch up to where the bottom has already cooked to. This helps to have an evenly cooked sandwich.