Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry-Apricot Relish

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 30m

2 servings plus leftover relish

This tangy, sweet relish can accompany roast pork, chicken or turkey sandwiches or served on their own. Wine Recommendation: 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.


  • Relish
  • 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
  • Sandwiches
  • 4 slices white bread, toasted
  • 6 ounces sliced roasted turkey
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 scallions, green part only
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves


Make the relish: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 1764

nutrition information per serving

608 calories; 6g total fat; 33mg cholesterol; 1279mg sodium; 118g carbohydrates; 14g fiber; 27g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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