A wild take on a turkey melt that is bound to change your life
Spring is almost over. Hopefully, that means you’ve managed to put a
turkey in the freezer and hopefully, your calendar is starting to fill up
with summer adventures. Either way, you’re going to need to pack a
This is a wild take on a turkey melt. If that sounds like something your
grandma orders after Tuesday book club, don’t worry. We’re turning up
the heat on this one with pickled apples and a zesty sauce that’ll make
you the toast of the riverbank, raft, or wherever you choose to feed your
friends and regale them with the story of all the flopping gobblers you
stacked over the past two months.
Smoked Wild Turkey and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 4 slices hearty bread preferably a sourdough, preferably homemade
- 1/2 lb smoked wild turkey
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 8 tbsp mayonnaise
- 4 tbsp whole-grain mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- 8 tbsp pickled apple chutney 1 diced apple, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 2 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 ounces of your favorite medium cheddar gouda can be nice, too
- First, let’s get the apples in a quick pickle: Heat the vinegar andcombine with salt & brown sugar, and apple and set aside. You cando this up to several days in advance – just be sure to drain it beforeusing or you’ll only taste vinegar.
- For the sandwich: First heat your oven to bake at 400 degrees andprepare a baking sheet for the top rack.
- Combine the mayonnaise, whole-grain mustard, honey andchopped rosemary.
- Butter one side of your bread and smear the other liberally withyour sauce.
- Construct your sandwich with the remaining ingredients – turkeyand cheese.
- Bake until the cheese is melted and your bread is sufficiently toasty.
Tristan Henry is a lifelong Oregonian and perennial student of wild food and wild places. Tristan spent his youth in wetlands and on farms of rural western Oregon, where he cultivated a sense for stewardship and love for cooking. After college, he relocated to central Oregon, where he manages a small advertising agency, co-chairs the Oregon Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, chases elk with his bow, and wanders the hills with his wife and dog in search of food and fun.