Grab an extra plate of Thanksgiving leftovers and make these easy Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Cranberry Sliders. Made with fresh homemade cranberry sauce, sliced turkey breasts, crumbled bacon and swiss cheese, these sliders are a fun and simple way to enjoy the big days leftovers!
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Alright I’ve given you a list of Thanksgiving recipes, now it’s time to give you ideas of how to use up those leftovers. Last year, I gave you this Cranberry BBQ Turkey Pizza recipe, but that only used up your leftover turkey.
These sliders are easily customizable so you can easily add whatever leftovers you have, instead of the few that I’ve used.
I’ve been wanting to do a sliders recipe for so long now, but I couldn’t because we don’t have those Hawaiian dinner rolls in Canada. I mean there’s probably one store deep in Toronto that sells them, but as far as I’m concerned, we don’t got ‘em.
Thankfully I randomly found these adorable mini brioche buns at Walmart, and they’re apparently a new product that was just stocked so talk about timing!
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Cranberry Sliders
I’d gotten a few requests for different kinds of slider recipes, but it wasn’t until now that I’ve finally found some slider buns. And since Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s only fitting for me to make a good ole leftovers recipe.
What’s in These Turkey Cranberry Sliders?
You can most definitely fill these sliders with whatever leftovers you have, but here are the things I used in mine:
- Turkey: now, I have a Roasted Turkey recipe that I shared last week, but there was none left by the time I got around to making these sliders. Instead, I used a package of store bought sliced roasted turkey breasts.
- Cranberry Sauce: My easy and delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce is slathered onto the top and bottom of these sliders. You can use store bought cranberry sauce, but I recommend giving homemade a chance, it’s only 4-ingredients and it’s super easy to make!
- Crumbled Bacon: this is probably not on your list of leftovers, but you cannot go wrong with some bacon.
- Swiss Cheese: I thought swiss cheese paired perfectly with all the components of these sliders!
How Do You Make Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders?
Start by cutting your rolls in half. You’ll need to keep them whole, then slice them up later. Place the bottom half of rolls into a baking dish, or onto a baking sheet. Spread some of the cranberry sauce on top.
Next, add the turkey, a generous amount of crumbled bacon and swiss cheese. Then spread some more cranberry sauce onto the top half of buns. Spread a generous amount of parsley butter onto the rolls to add shine and flavour and it’s ready to bake!
Bake the Rolls!
The last thing we want are cold, squishy sandwiches, so pop the rolls in the oven for about 20 minutes to melt that cheese and toast the buns. Keep the rolls covered with foil for half the time so the rolls don’t burn.
Tips For Turkey Cranberry Sliders
- You can use the thinner sandwich turkey slices, but if you do, fold each slice twice so you can have a thicker layer of turkey in each slider. You can also stack on an extra layer of turkey slices if you’d like.
- If you’re using leftover turkey, I recommend shredding it with two forks rather than slicing, just to make the sliders easier to eat.
- Instead of swiss cheese, you can use provolone or mozzarella (sliced or shredded).
- A great alternative to the cranberry sauce is my homemade cranberry BBQ sauce that I used in this Cranberry BBQ Turkey Pizza. A little longer ingredient list, but it’s just as easy to make as cranberry sauce and it’ll add phenomenal flavour to these sliders!
- The sliders are at their best, flavour and texture wise, on day 1. So serve them to a crowd!
Did you make these Turkey Cranberry Sliders? Let me know how they turned out in the comments below! And don’t forget to leave a rating!
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- 2 cups cranberry sauce
- Package of 12 Hawaiian rolls, soft dinner rolls or mini Brioche rolls (what I used)
- 4 cups shredded turkey (or 1 (350g) package of carved turkey breasts)
- 6 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 lb. swiss cheese, sliced
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- If preparing my homemade cranberry sauce recipe, allow it to chill completely before using. You can also use store bought.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish with softened butter. Set aside.
- Slice the rolls in half, separating the top from the bottom. Do not separate the rolls. Place the bottom half into the prepared baking pan.
- Spread 1 cup of the cooled cranberry sauce onto the bottom of the rolls. Top with the sliced or shredded turkey, crumbled bacon and swiss cheese.
- Spread the remaining cup of cranberry sauce onto the top half of rolls. Place the top over everything.
- In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and dried parsley. Use a pastry brush to generously brush the mixture over the rolls.
- Cover the rolls with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Slice the rolls and serve immediately!
- The mini brioche buns I bought made 18 servings for these rolls, but if you have the normal sized Hawaiian dinner rolls, you'll get 12 servings, or 6 if you serve 2 per person.
- Feel free to add any extra leftovers you may have to the rolls.
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