Turkey Leftovers? Make Salvadoran Pane Con Pavos

Here’s an interesting take on the turkey sandwich from Saveur!

Plain turkey gets dressed up with a fragrant sauce of garlic, pumpkin seeds, and light beer. Piled into a crusty baguette with a handful of greens, this spicy sandwich sounds like exactly what we need after the richness of Thanksgiving.

The only trick is adapting the recipe to leftovers. Here is how we’re planning to do it.

The original recipe from Saveur has you braise turkey legs in a pureed sauce, then later simmer it down to make a dressing for the pulled meat. Sounds delicious, but we’d rather use up the leftover turkey still in our fridge.

We’re thinking of reversing the directions. We’ll sauté the onions and peppers used in the second half of the recipe until they’re soft. Then we’ll mix in the tomatoes plus all the spices from the first half and let that cook until everything is fragrant and bubbly.

Pureed in a blender with just enough beer to make it into a sauce, we think this would be perfect for tossing with our leftover turkey.

What do you think? Take a look at the recipe and tell us how you’d do it!

Get the Recipe: Salvadoran Turkey Sandwich - Panes con Pavo from Saveur

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(Image: André Baranowski/Saveur)