Are you looking for a way to add variety to a generic ol’ turkey sandwich? This Turkey and Apple Sandwich recipe is the perfect way to jazz up your turkey sandwich!
Turkey and Apple Sandwich
This simple turkey and apple sandwich is perfect for when you need to add a little variety to your lunch rotation. Or you could pair it with a side dish, such as my Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad, and make a quick and easy dinner out of it.
Apparently my family just has a thing for adding apples to our sandwiches. If you have been around for awhile you will recall that I previously shared my regular Apple Sandwich Recipe.
That recipe was inspired by a book that my kids and I read and it is a deliciously sweet sandwich, reminiscent of apple pie (even though it does not have any added sugar). I highly recommend you try it!
Turkey and Apple Sandwich Inspiration
So what led me to create this turkey and apple sandwich? Well, we just needed a little more variety when it came to our turkey sandwiches.
My kids are big fans of turkey sandwiches, and it is not uncommon for us to have them for dinner when we have a busy evening or when we are on the go.
But sometimes I get bored of generic turkey sandwiches. We do switch things up and make “turkey rollups.” Those have all the fixings of a turkey sandwich, but are rolled up into a tortilla rather than served between two pieces of bread. In fact, I would say turkey rollups are my children’s preferred form of a turkey sandwich.
That aside, as I was brainstorming ways to create a new kind of turkey sandwich I came up with this idea. And I have to say, it turned out amazing!
Turkey and Apple Sandwich Flavor Combination
This sandwich has so many delicious flavors that are all very distinct, yet they blend together perfectly.
Some of you know that we are in the process of building our own house out here on the homestead. A very gracious friend of ours has helped us significantly throughout the process, volunteering many hours to the cause. So when he comes out on any given Saturday, the least I can do is offer him a good lunch when he is over here helping us.
The last time he was here I had a few Granny Smith apples laying around. Knowing that my family enjoys this sandwich so much, I decided to make it for him and my husband as they worked. Our friend told me that it was one of the best things he has ever eaten!
He said every bite was completely unexpected. Each time he took a bite it revealed a new flavor that added to the complexity of the flavor combination.
It was so fun to be able to give him such a satisfying lunch. Like I said, it was the least I could do for the countless hours he has given us!
My kids are also really big fans of this turkey and apple sandwich recipe. My daughter will sometimes make it as a snack.
These turkey and apple sandwiches also travel really well. When we travel we always pack our meals and take them with us in the car. There are several reasons we do this. First, it saves us a lot of money. Second, we all feel better when we are eating more wholesome foods. And third, it saves a lot of time since we do not have to stop to get food.
All that to say, these were a great sandwich to have on our roadtrip. They held up well in the cooler and my family was pleased to have this delicious sandwich in the car.
Real Food Sandwiches
I know that sometimes in the “real food” realm sandwiches are frowned upon. But I beg to differ. When you carefully select your ingredients you can have a wholesome and filling sandwich. Here are some of the things that I do to ensure that we have clean ingredients.
First of all you need to consider the bread. Since we are building our house, I do not have access to a full kitchen. That means I currently am not able to make my own bread. While I miss making bread on a regular basis, I am ok with buying high quality bread in the meantime.
For this recipe, you can use any type of bread, but I believe that it shines the most when it is served on sourdough bread. I used an old fashioned sourdough spelt bread that I purchased at a local natural foods store.
If feasible, I recommend using organic, pastured turkey breast slices. This is one brand to consider, among others.
Organic cheese helps make this recipe wholesome. I think my favorite cheese for this turkey and apple sandwich is swiss. Gouda and cheddar are also great options as well. Or any combination of these cheeses. In these pictures I actually used one slice of swiss and one slice of gouda.
I used this stone ground mustard and it is absolutely delicious! Both of my girls, who usually only like yellow mustard, lit up when they tried it the first time. I recommend this brand and this brand of mayonnaise if you are looking for mayonnaise with clean ingredients.
I also suggest using organic apples, if possible. I think this recipe does best with a nice tart apple. Granny smith apples are just perfect, in my opinion.
And an organic red onion tops it all off!
This recipe makes four sandwiches.
-8 slices of bread (preferably sourdough)
-12-16 slices of turkey breast
-8 slices of cheese (I recommend swiss, gouda, or cheddar)
-2 granny smith apples, thinly sliced
-1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
-stone ground mustard
The first step is to lay out the pieces of bread. For each of the individual sandwiches, you will spread the mayonnaise on one slice of bread, and the mustard on the other slice of bread.
While you can layer the sandwich anyway you want, this is the order that I like to use. I think it helps the onions and the apples to stay in place better as you eat it.
Place the onions on one slice of bread and the cheese slices on the other slice of bread.
Next, place the turkey on top of the onions and the apple slices on top of the cheese. I usally use 3-4 slices of turkey per sandwich, depending on the size of the turkey slices.
Lastly, carefully place one half of the sandwich on top of the other half.
And now it is time to enjoy your delicious sandwich!
Turkey and Apple Sandwich
- 8 slices bread preferably sourdough
- 12-16 slices turkey breast
- 8 slices cheese swiss, gouda, or cheddar
- 2 granny smith apples thinly sliced
- ½ red onion thinly sliced
- mustard stone ground
- For each sandwich, spread mustard on one slice of bread and mayonnaise on the other slice of bread.
- Place the onions on top of one slice of bread. Then place two slices of cheese on top of the other slice of bread.
- Next place the turkey slices on top of the onions. Then place the apples on top of the cheese.
- Carefully place one half of the sandwich on top of the other half of the sandwich.
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