Our turkey leftovers are almost gone. I wanted to make sure I made a turkey sandwich similar to Jimmy John’s Turkey Tom, #4; one of my favorite sandwiches before it was gone. I ended up adding quite a few more ingredients than the original Jimmy John’s sandwich and it was delicious. So, it turns out more is better in this case. The original sandwich has sliced turkey, tomatoes, lettuce, sprouts and mayo. I added radishes, avocado, cucumber, onion and sliced pepper jack and provolone cheese. I couldn’t decide if I should add pepper jack or provolone cheese so I purchased both, either would be fine, don’t know that it’s necessary to use both types of cheese. I turned on the Panini machine and considered grilling this sandwich but at the last minute, skipped that and I’m so glad I did. It was so deliciously fresh tasting and I think it would have been lost if it had been grilled. I used fresh Italian sub buns and they were perfect–ungrilled tasted a lot like Jimmy John’s. Although, not identical because Katie claims to hate Jimmy John’s mostly because of the bread (I think she is the only person that does) and she still approved these sandwiches.
For 2 large sandwiches I used:
2 Italian submarine sandwich buns
4 large slices of turkey (or the equivalent of using the last of the Thanksgiving turkey scraps)
2 slices provolone
2 slices pepper jack cheese
1 baby cucumber unpeeled and sliced lengthwise
1 medium tomato, sliced
2 leaves of romaine or leaf lettuce
1 avocado, peeled and cut into wedges
½ small onion, thinly sliced
1 cup sprouts
3 large radishes, sliced
Mayonnaise is essential in creating a turkey tom; add the amount that will make you happy, but not too happy!!
This is also a great way to use up leftovers if you have guests. Just set out all the ingredients and everyone can make a sandwich adding whatever they like and leaving off what they don’t.