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Grilled Club Sandwich with Caramelized Onions

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


4 servings

Leftover turkey slapped between two pieces of bread just won’t cut it. Let the feasting continue with a post-Christmas sammy filled with caramelized onions, cranberries, hot sauce and other club-style staples, all toasted into a hot, melty panini. —Linda Rohr, Darien,


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle hot pepper sauce
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced cooked turkey
  • 1 cup fresh arugula or baby spinach
  • 1/4 pound cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 pound Stilton cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; saute onions until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 20 minutes. Add dried cranberries; cook until onions are deep golden brown, 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat panini maker or indoor electric grill. Mix cranberry sauce, cilantro, mayonnaise and pepper sauce. Spread onto four bread slices; top with bacon, turkey, onion mixture, arugula, cheeses and remaining bread. Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter.
  3. Cook sandwiches in panini maker until golden brown and cheese is melted, 4-5 minutes.
Editor's Note: Sandwiches can also be toasted in a skillet over medium heat until both sides are golden brown and cheese is melted. If desired, flatten sandwiches while toasting by topping with a piece of foil and heavy skillet.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 883 calories, 53g fat (23g saturated fat), 192mg cholesterol, 1182mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 4g fiber), 50g protein.

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