5 Sandwiches to Get You Excited About Fall

Enjoy Autumn Flavors Between the Bread

The foods of fall are enticing: apples from the orchard, varieties of winter squash, colorful root vegetables, and the comforting tastes of Thanksgiving. We often think of including them on the dinner menu, but these autumn ingredients can also contribute unexpected flavors, interesting textures, and beautiful hues to your favorite sandwich, especially grilled cheese.

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    Southern-Fried Pork Chop Biscuit Sandwich

    Cheddar and Apple Fried Pork Chop Sandwich
    Grilled Cheese Social

    This biscuit sandwich is stacked high with a crispy boneless fried pork chop, melted sharp cheddar cheese, and sweet spiced apples. Creole seasoning gives the pork a bit of Southern flavor while cinnamon adds a nice touch of warmth to the sauteed apples. The toasted buttermilk biscuit and gooey cheese bring the sandwich together in warm, melted goodness.

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    Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Sandwich

    Turkey cranberry brie sandwich recipe

    The Spruce

    Grab the Thanksgiving leftovers and make this turkey, cranberry, and brie sandwich with thick slices of roasted turkey breast, sweet and tart cranberry jam, fresh spinach, and rich and creamy brie between two beautiful pieces of white bread. Of course, you can substitute leftover cranberry sauce for the jam.

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    Apple Butter, Pepper Jack, and Croissant Grilled Cheese

    Sweet and Savory Apple Butter and Croissant Grilled Cheese
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Apple picking is fun, but sometimes we're left with more apples than we know what to do with. Making apple butter is a great way to use up some of the bounty, and is not only delicious on toast but also a flavorful spread for sandwiches. This sandwich combines the sweet apple butter with spicy pepper jack cheese in a buttery croissant. The whole thing becomes gooey and crisp in a panini press. It’s an excellent little treat that pairs nicely with a glass of acidic sauvignon blanc.

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    Thanksgiving Cuban Sandwich

    Thanksgiving cuban sandwich recipe

    The Spruce / Nita West

    Change up the traditional Cubano by replacing the roasted pork with leftover roasted turkey and swapping out the mayo for cranberry jam. These Thanksgiving staples are layered with Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and honey baked ham on Cuban bread. The high-piled creation is then wrapped in foil, weighted down, and baked until warm and toasted.

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    Thanksgiving Party Buns Appetizer

    Thanksgiving party buns appetizer recipe

    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    Make delicious use of many of your Thanksgiving leftovers—including remnants of the cheese platter and unbaked dinner rolls—with this fun appetizer, snack, or light lunch. Parkerhouse yeast rolls are spread with sweet hot mustard and whole berry cranberry jelly, layered with smoked gouda cheese, and baked until puffy, melted, and golden.