Italian Covered Turkey Sandwich

Thursday, November 28, 2019
These Italian Covered Turkey Sandwiches are perfect around any Holiday like Thanksgiving for instance, where there is no time to enjoy family and friends for many various reasons.

In our case, my husband's job is open 24 hours a day, and in my case, retail stores like the one I work in is open on Thanksgiving Day.

These are suggestions on quick meal planning for those who work in an industry that and working, home alone and not wanting to cook a huge meal or even helping others with a quick meal to prepare and bring to a friend or neighbor in need.

Easy to prepare any of these, semi-homemade and perfect even for repurposing leftover turkey if you had the opportunity to make a large meal.

After working in retail for over 30 years, I learned to be thankful for a quick hot meal and had to cut corners sometime for a quick meal.

These suggestions below on how to have a delicious holiday meal without little fuss in no time really satisfied both my husband and me for many years.

If you're not a cook, alone, or work retail, this menu is the perfect solution.

Guess what, this is even a great idea for all that leftover turkey if you did make a huge meal from scratch.

We love our leftover turkey when we end up celebrating a different day to make turkey pot pies, hot pockets, and these delicious covered turkey sandwiches.

There are so many ways to repurpose turkey other than just making a simple sandwich.

This is the pure comfort food on a plate, fast, quick simple and satisfying when time is not your friend!

Scroll down to the recipe card for some quick suggestions.

this is gravy with turkey covered sandwich with gravy mashed potatoes, corn and sweet potatoes on the plate

Easy and Done in Minutes

This was for two people, my husband and I, as we both work retail with extra-long hours had to go to work at 2:00 pm to open our stores by 4:00 pm.

This didn't stop us from having a thankful and wonderful brunch fast easy meal together.

Sure it isn't the same as that home-cooked everything from scratch meal but it sure beats having nothing and passing up a quick hearty meal.

It was a totally appreciated brunch and still gave us much needed holiday cheer.

This little dinner compromise was just perfect and we didn't get tired from that huge turkey dinner having to work a 16 hour day going on Black Friday.

a bowl of stove top stuffing with cranberries and oranges


We made it through with this lighter style meal with no problem.

There are so many things you can add to make a festive looked to premade foods.

Adding just a little color with dried fruits and canned or fresh oranges brings that boxed meal to another level.

One other suggestion besides using deli meat, you can buy a cooked turkey and carve it up and use the real deal.

Your local supermarkets do sell whole real turkey already cooked if you prefer but for two people I opted for the deli meat this time.

This is a quick economical substitute until you have time to actually enjoy the day with family.

Retail and many other types of jobs require you to be away from home, there is no reason not to have a hot delicious alternative and be thankful for the day.

Things change and we adapt to whatever our lives hand to us, we love this meal and hope you will too.

Quick Suggestions:

  • Microwave a sweet potato and mash with a fork, top with craisin
  • Use bottled gravy, deli turkey and heat in the microwave
  • Microwave a large sweet potato and add cinnamon sugar or top with marshmallows
  • Make instant potatoes the night before or buy premade in the dairy case
  • Cut thick slices of bread for your sandwiches
  • Use any canned or frozen vegetables you like for side dishes
  • Top mashed potatoes with melted cheese and bacon if you're not a gravy lover
  • Make a boxed stuffing and add craisins and mandarin oranges for semi-homemade stuffing mix
  • Buy a frozen pie and bake it fresh for dessert

sweet potatoes with craisins in it

Ingredients To Buy for Turkey Covered Sandwiches

  • Deli Sliced Thin Turkey
  • Jar of Turkey Gravy
  • Premade Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned or Frozen Corn
  • Rolls
  • Butter
  • Italian sliced bread
  • Sweet Potatoes in the dairy case
  • Garnish is optional, Marshmallows, cinnamon for sweet potatoes
  • Boxed Stuffing Mix 
  • Frozen or store-bought pumpkin pie

a dish of mashed potatoes

Other Recipes To Try:

Amaretto Cranberry Sauce
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Fried Turkey
Pumpkin Pie Homemade
Thanksgiving Roundup
Sweet Potato Rolls
10 Turkey Leftover Recipes

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Enjoy Leftovers

Again I just want to stress, you can use these ideas for leftover turkey or making the best out of not being home for a Thanksgiving holiday and have a quick fix of a meal.

These Italian covered turkey sandwiches are delicious and you won't be sorry you didn't tire yourself out, there's always another day to plan a big meal another time.

The whole semi-homemade meal is the best solution during the holiday season and still be thankful for the food on the table no matter if it's made from scratch or taking a few short cuts.

Have a wonderful holiday season and make the best of it always.

I would love any other great suggestions from you in the comments.

Italian Turkey Covered Sandwich

Italian Turkey Covered Sandwich

Yield: 2
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 20 M
This is a covered Turkey sandwich made with all store-bought ingredients for folks who have to work on Thanksgiving Day or are celebrating alone. This is a quick and easy feast.


  • 1 pound of thick-sliced oven roasted deli turkey
  • 2 jars of turkey gravy
  • 3 tablespoon white wine (Chablis)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 small can sweet potatoes drained
  • 1 pound store-bought garlic mashed potatoes
  • 1 whole loaf of Italian bread thick sliced
  • Other quick food suggestions: boxed stuffing, canned cranberries
  • Garnishes that are optional for sweet potatoes: marshmallows, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar


How to cook Italian Turkey Covered Sandwich

  1. Place the turkey sliced in an ovenproof 2-quart dish. Pour both jars of the gravy over it adding the white wine ( I used Pinot Grigio).
  2. Add some butter to the corn to another ovenproof dish. Heat in the microwave or oven.
  3. In a medium-sized ovenproof dish, add the sweet potatoes and mash with a fork. Add 1 tablespoon each brown sugar, butter and a pinch of cinnamon and stir together. Add some marshmallows to cover the top. Bake the sweet potatoes until warm and top of marshmallows are browned.
  4. Heat the store-bought potatoes in the microwave until hot or make your own.
  5. Place one thick slice of bread on the plate.
  6. Top with turkey and some gravy poured on top of the bread. Add another thick slice of bread on top, add more gravy.
  7. Place the potatoes on the plate next to the sandwich, making a well in the center, add gravy to the center well.
  8. Of course, you can make some stuffing from a store-bought package to add to the festive plate.
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Don't Forget To Try My Other Favorite Holiday Recipes:

Best Holiday Side Dishes

St Patricks Day

Halloween Roundup

Thanksgiving Recipes

Christmas Recipes

a bowl of stove top stuffing with cranberries and oranges

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2014. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. Good looking meal and my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is the creations from leftovers.

  2. Bill will love this tomorrow! I know this has got to be a tough Thanksgiving for your family, but glad you all have eachother to lean on. xoxo


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