This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Modern Mom Insider for Hellmann’s. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post.Well, I don’t know about you, but we sure did have an eventful Thanksgiving in our house this year. John and I had planned to drive an hour north to my parents’ house Thanksgiving morning, but we got 14 inches of snow overnight on Wednesday, so our morning was spent digging out from that instead. We also lost our electricity for about 15 hours! Luckily, most of that was during the night, but still, it puts a damper on things, especially when you’re trying to plan a holiday that’s centered around eating tons of food!
I knew this storm was coming, so on Wednesday I spent most of the morning cooking my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, just in case we lost our electricity. I figured we could at least heat everything up on our grill, and have a somewhat normal Thanksgiving meal.
John had also bought a 9 pound turkey, in case we weren’t able to make it to my parents’ house, but I didn’t have time to cook it before the electricity went out. I crossed my fingers that we’d be able to cook it at some point on Thanksgiving Day.
When the electricity finally came back on at about 11:30am on Thanksgiving Day, the first thing I did, after I jumped for joy, of course, was get the turkey in the oven.
Since it was only John, Kayleigh and I eating the turkey, we had plenty of leftovers. Doesn’t there always seems to be a ton of turkey leftover after Thanksgiving? I wanted to use up some of that turkey for lunch today, but as you know, it can taste pretty dry the next day.
I figured if I used the turkey in a panini, that I could bring it back to life and make it moist again using some Hellmann’s Mayonnaise. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise has this great ability to help bring flavors together to keep every bite satisfying, and it’s made with real, quality ingredients; like eggs, oil and vinegar.
I really love making paninis. You can add whatever ingredients you want to them to create new flavor combinations, and they are tasty and filling, without making you feel stuffed.
I started to put my panini together. While I love Hellmann’s Mayonnaise just as it is, I thought I’d add even more flavor to my panini and get rid of more leftovers at the same time, by making a cranberry mayonnaise. I just took 6 tablespoons of leftover jellied cranberry sauce and mixed it together with 1/2 cup of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise until it was smooth. Then, I added a tablespoon of honey and a dash of salt and pepper.
The cranberry mayonnaise was so creamy and delicious. It had a bit of a tang from the Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, the cranberry sauce added a rich pop of color, and there was just a hint of sweetness from the honey. It really added so much flavor to the panini, and I think it would taste great as a dressing on a salad too!
I spread that beautiful cranberry mayonnaise on the insides of two pieces of sourdough bread, then layered on my leftover turkey, some Swiss cheese and bacon that I had on hand, and topped it with a spinach/arugula salad mix.
I rubbed the outsides of my panini with olive oil and cooked it on a hot griddle until it was golden brown and the Swiss cheese was all warm and melty.
This panini was so wonderful. I really loved the flavor combination of the turkey, Swiss cheese and bacon, and the cranberry mayonnaise took it to a whole other level, and also helped to keep the turkey nice and moist.
Turkey, Bacon & Swiss Panini with Cranberry Mayonnaise
- Panini bread (I used sourdough)
- Leftover Thanksgiving turkey
- Swiss cheese (1-2 slices per panini)
- Bacon (2-3 slices per panini)
- Lettuce (I used a mix of spinach and arugula)
- 6 Tablespoons Leftover Jellied Cranberry Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1/2 Cup Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Make cranberry mayonnaise by mixing 6 tablespoons of jellied cranberry sauce with 1/2 cup of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of honey and salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread cranberry mayonnaise on the inside of both slices of panini bread.
- Layer panini bread with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, Swiss cheese, bacon slices and lettuce.
- Place remaining slice of panini bread on top, rub both outside slices with olive oil and cook on a hot griddle until golden brown and cheese is melted.
Doesn’t that look incredible?!