Smoked Turkey, Blue Cheese and Red Onion Sandwiches

May 27, 2010 by andrea | Filed under Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich.

If you like blue cheese then you’ll love these sandwiches…they are soooo good! Peppery arugula, smoked turkey, sweet caramelized red onion and bold blue cheese…great combo!

Husband thought it was a great sandwich but that I put a bit too much blue cheese on his sandwich…it overpowered the smoked turkey, he said. You can always use less blue cheese if you just wanted a hint of it.

For the onions, cut them into thin slices (rounds). I didn’t cut mine thin enough so they took a lot longer to cook. Once they were lightly browned and softened, I added the vinegar (using 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 2 1/2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar). The balsamic vinegar added a nice sweetness that was great with the blue cheese.

This sandwich deserves something better than typical sandwich bread. The sliced Rustic Wheat Bread (made by Portland French Bakery) that I bought was perfect; it was hearty, chewy and a delicious foundation for the sandwiches. Yumm!

Smoked Turkey, Blue Cheese, and Red Onion Sandwiches
-recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine (September 2008)

by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

To take the sandwiches on a picnic, use ciabatta rolls—they will stay firm despite the mayo.

Yield: Makes 4
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 8- to 10-ounce red onions, cut into 1/3-inch-thick rounds
3 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 cups trimmed large arugula leaves (about 4 ounces), divided
3/4 cup mayonnaise
8 1/3-inch-thick slices seeded wheat bread (such as La Brea Bakery) or four ciabatta rolls, cut horizontally in half
12 ounces thinly sliced smoked turkey
3/4 cup coarsely crumbled blue cheese (such as Maytag; about 3 ounces)

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until soft and lightly browned, breaking up onion rings, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Chop enough arugula to measure 1 cup; place in medium bowl. Mix in mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper. Spread about 11/2 tablespoons arugula mayonnaise over each cut side of bread. Divide turkey slices among 4 bread slices. Top with crumbled blue cheese, dividing equally. Top with red onions, then whole arugula leaves and bread.

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18 Responses to “Smoked Turkey, Blue Cheese and Red Onion Sandwiches”

  1. […] Smoked Turkey, Blue Cheese and Red Onion Sandwiches […]

  2. Magdalena says:

    Sandwiches are great! Despite the fact that some say that sandwiches are like a drug for a hungry crowd, I love this kind of preparation. This turkey sandwich with all additions I like, must be tasty. Have a good day !

  3. gigi says:

    Those look really yummy! May have to try those over the weekend!

  4. That would make an excellent wrap if you really wanted to get fancy with the bread. Oooh, or put that in homemade pita bread! YUM – http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

  5. This looks wonderful! What a special sandwich.

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  7. cheri says:

    i’m always looking for inspiration when making sandwiches, then i found you on new friend friday…

    i’m a follower 🙂

  8. Awesome picture! It looks great. I’m not a bleu cheese fan but I can see how it would be great if you were. Give me a bit of provolone and I’m there! Thanks!

  9. Yenta Mary says:

    What a great site with fabulous food! Found you through the Friendly Friday Follow ….

  10. Lacey says:

    O baby those look delish! I found you on Friday-Follow 🙂

  11. zentMRS says:

    These sound picnic-perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Don’t believe I’ve ever had bleu cheese, but that sandwich looks delicious!

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  14. Susan says:

    My husband, on the other hand, thinks there is no such thing as too much blue cheese. He would love these!

  15. gnee says:

    This sandwich looks divine! I love the interesting combination of ingredients and will try it soon. Thanks…

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  17. Jerri says:

    Great looking sandwiches! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  18. Lindsey says:

    Love the detail, depth, yumminess and color congruency of the photo. You nailed it. I am gluten intolerant, but your photo is making me crave the bad stuff 😉 For everyone else, enjoy the good stuff 🙂