Wild Turkey Hot Brown Grilled Cheese

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Everyone loves a hot brown, and everyone loves grilled cheese. Why not combine the two? This sandwich takes the ingredients of a hot brown, mixes them into a spread, adds a ridiculous helping of cheese, then melts it all between slices of bread for a gooey wild turkey grilled cheese.

All the flavors of a hot brown in a gooey, cheesy spread.

We made it with a homemade garlic and herb bread that my wife makes in a cast iron skillet, but any sliced bread will work, just pick your favorite. If you don’t have a Panini press, a George Foreman style grill will do in a pinch. Don’t have one of those either? Heat the sandwiches in a buttered cast iron pan and weight them down with a foil lined brick or another cast iron pan to press them flat.

I like to roast one side of a turkey breast in the oven for the spread.

Roast the turkey breast under a layer of bacon. Save the bacon, you will need it for the recipe.

Brine the breast for three to four hours in a mixture of one gallon of water with a cup of salt and a half cup of brown sugar before roasting. Brining the turkey beforehand will help to keep it moist.

A soak in brine and careful temperature control help to keep the turkey moist.

I season the breast with a sprinkle of Cavender’s Seasoning and a half teaspoon or so of salt, then top it with eight slices of bacon before roasting. Try not to eat the bacon when the turkey is finished, you are going to need it later. Once the breast has cooled, dice it up into half inch cubes.



1.5 to 2 pound turkey breast, roasted and cubed

8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped. Crisp it in the microwave if it didn't get crisp while the turkey was roasting.

1 tomato, diced

1 cup of sour cream

1 cup of shredded Italian cheese blend

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

Cooking Instructions

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and spread onto bread of choice.

Spread the mixture between slices of bread. Try the filling as both a hot and a cold sandwich.

Top with another slice of bread and cook in a buttered Panini press or skillet with a weight until the filling is heated through, the bread is crusty and the cheese has melted. Don’t want a hot sandwich? Try it as a cold spread, it’s pretty tasty that way too.


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