Turkey, Pesto and Cranberry Melt

By Erika on November 1st, 2013 / / 9 Comments

Turkey, Pesto and Cranberry Melt | The Hopeless Housewife

Yes, I really just did this. And then I ate it and it was spectacular! What a way to use left-overs, holy guacamole! This was super easy to make and so colorful and pretty, a winner all-around.

When I was a kid I would put cranberry sauce on everything…my husband doesn’t love it so I stopped making cranberry sauce for awhile…but boy is it back in a big way. My hubby ended up devouring this Turkey, Pesto and Cranberry Melt sandwich to my complete surprise. You MUST make this after Turkey Day and let me know how it turns out!

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Turkey, Pesto and Cranberry Melt

Turkey, Pesto and Cranberry Melt


  • 6 slices of roasted turkey breast
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons pesto
  • 6 tablespoons fresh or canned cranberry sauce
  • 4 slices sourdough bread, cut ½ – ¾ inch thick
  • Butter


  1. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Spread the pesto on the sourdough bread, and then add turkey breast, cranberry sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Place the sandwich into the skillet and let cook for a few minutes until cheese becomes melty, then flip the sandwich onto the other side and repeat until desired color and look is reached.

Turkey, Pesto and Cranberry Melt | The Hopeless Housewife

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  • Terry says:

    Looks amazingly good!!

  • Dina says:

    I have to bookmark this for after thanksgiving!

  • Wow this looks amazing. Turkey day here isn’t for awhile but I am definitely going to do this! I love pesto. I am in the same boat as you. I love cranberry sauce but my hubby doesn’t care for it. So many fun turkey sandwiches and good ways to use it up – I don’t mind making a small pot full just for me. Last year I made a bread pudding with it – amazing! Love your picture… totally made me start drooling!

    • Erika Erika says:

      Hi Stephanie! Our hubbies are the same for sure…yes, my mom, sister and I are the only ones who eat it-I don;t get how someone couldn’t like it! Happy Thanksgiving to you! Where are you in AZ? We are in Paradise Valley…

  • Gorgeous! (If grilled cheese can be called gorgeous, that is. Yes, I think so!) We always make grilled cheese with turkey and cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving and we like Provolone for its smoky flavor. But, we never thought of adding pesto! Pure genius, Erika! Cannot wait until next week for Thanksgiving Day weekend to try your recipe. Have a fabulous holiday and thank you for sharing, m’lady. Pinning!

  • Sherry Btadley says:

    Oh wow, this looks scrumptious ! Is that basil pesto, or some other herb ?! Gotta try this, not just with leftovers fro Thanksgiving; although that would be a great way to use them .

  • ClaraT says:

    We always make a Cranberry, Orange marmalade and Sharp White Cheddar Turkey grilled on sourdough the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a family tradition that is well loved.
    Hubs and I tried this today and enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for the change of pace! Will probably try to make this our after Christmas leftover tradition since the red and green works with that holiday! And, we will see how well my kid’s and grandkid’s take to the new sensation Poppa and Nonna found very pleasing.

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