Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry-Apricot Relish

This tangy, sweet cranberry sauce can accompany roast pork, chicken or turkey served on their own or as sandwiches.


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  • 6 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup canned apricot nectar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dry port
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced dried apricots
  • 4 slices white bread, toasted
  • 6 ounces sliced roasted turkey
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 scallions, green part only
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the sandwiches

    In a medium nonreactive saucepan, combine the cranberries, apricot nectar and sugar and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 20 minutes.

  2. Make the sandwiches

    In a small nonreactive saucepan, combine the honey, port, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the currants and apricots. Let steep for 15 minutes.

  3. Make the sandwiches

    Drain the cranberries, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Stir the dried fruit mixture into the cranberries, add the reserved cooking liquid and let cool.

  4. Make the sandwiches

    Spread 2 slices of the bread with about 1 1/2 tablespoons each of the relish. Layer the turkey on the relish and season with salt and pepper. Top with the scallions, romaine lettuce and the remaining bread.

Make Ahead

The relish can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. The sandwiches can be refrigerated for up to 3 hours.

Suggested Pairing

A very fruity, berry-like wine with direct flavors is best for the turkey sandwiches. Try a Beaujolais or a light Pinot Noir, served slightly cool to underscore their fruitiness.

Contributed By Photo © Lucy Schaeffer Published February 1997

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