Loaded Turkey Melt

Leftover turkey stars in this turkey melt sandwich. The special spread, made from avocado, mayonnaise, and garlic, imparts bold flavor to perfectly balance the smoky cheese.


Makes 4 sandwiches

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook, Per Batch: 12 Minutes


2 ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon garlic powder
8 bread slices
1 pound thinly sliced deli turkey
4 tomato slices
4 sliced red onion rings
8 bacon slices, cooked
1/4 pound smoked mozzarella cheese slices
3 tablespoons butter, softened


Stir together avocado, mayonnaise, and garlic powder. Spread avocado mixture on one side of 4 bread slices. Top evenly with turkey, tomato, onion, bacon, cheese, and remaining bread slices.

Spread half of butter on one side of each sandwich. Place, buttered sides down, in a large hot nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat 6 minutes or until golden.

Spread remaining butter on ungrilled sides; turn and cook 6 more minutes or until golden. Repeat, if necessary, for any remaining sandwiches.

Oven-Grilled Loaded Turkey Melts: Place buttered sandwiches on a baking sheet. Place a second baking sheet on top of sandwiches. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden.

Jackie Oglesby, Boca Raton, Florida,

Southern Living

June 2005
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