In this Turkey Cranberry Croissant Panini, buttery flaky croissants are slathered with homemade cranberry sauce and filled with tender slices of leftover turkey, crispy bacon, peppery arugula and gooey brie cheese before being griddled and pressed in a panini press. Yields 4 sandwiches in about 20 minutes.


Leftover turkey after Thanksgiving is the best.

There’s hundreds of things you can make with it. From soups, skillet pot pie and my personal favorite, turkey slop. Having leftover turkey in the fridge is a blessing because it means I don’t have put much thought into cooking. Which is especially handy when I have no other plans but park myself on my couch to do some online Christmas shopping the days following.

This croissant panini is a great way to use up both leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. Simply stack it along with bacon, brie and arugula and press it in a panini maker until grilled crispy.

To Make This Turkey Cranberry Croissant Panini You Will Need:

  • all butter croissantsThe bigger and flakier the better.
  • cranberry saucePreferably homemade but any will do.
  • dijon mustard Or use yellow mustard.
  • slices of cooked turkeyYou could also make this with leftover roast chicken.
  • black pepper This will add some subtle bite and flavor.
  • crispy cooked thick-cut baconLends distinct smoky flavor.
  • brie cheeseCreamy and delicious and melts beautifully.
  • baby arugulaA fresh leafy green that adds a slightly bitter and peppery flavor.

Slice the croissants in half and spread the bottom half with leftover cranberry sauce and underneath the top half with dijon mustard.

On the cranberry side, top with slices of turkey and some freshly ground black pepper, some crispy bacon, sliced brie and a mound of baby arugula.

Replace the top half of the croissant and preheat your panini press.

Once the press is hot, place 1 to 2 sandwiches at a time and press until the cheese is melty and the croissant is crispy and golden.


Would you look at that!



Sweet. Tart. Tangy. Peppery. And most importantly, cheesy.

A delicious sandwich using up those coveted thanksgiving leftovers.


Enjoy! And if you give this Turkey Cranberry Croissant Panini recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!