I love sandwiches born out of serendipity — when a handful of ingredients you happen to have on hand comes together in perfect combination. Sometimes, you enjoy them just once, but often, these spur-of-the-moment creations become sandwiches you make again and again. Such is the case with this turkey sandwich, served on rustic Italian bread I bought to serve with soup, manchego cheese leftover from a dinner party, and some pear butter homemade by a fellow Sugar staffer. Turkey is my go-to sandwich protein, from my daily turkey delights to more clever and decadent creations. So I'm always looking for creative twists on the basic turkey sammie. Since manchego cheese is often served with quince paste to complement its sharp, salty flavor, I paired it with the sweet, spiced pear butter. If you're not lucky enough to have homemade pear butter on hand, apple butter is just as tasty. Slightly bitter watercress makes a great green garnish against the hearty bread. To get the recipe, read more.
Original recipe Ingredients 2 slices of rustic Italian bread, about 1/2 an inch thick Directions Makes one sandwich.
Turkey Sandwich With Manchego Cheese and Pear Butter
2 tablespoons pear or apple butter
2 slices smoked turkey
3 slices of manchego cheese, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup watercress
2 slices of rustic Italian bread, about 1/2 an inch thick
Makes one sandwich.