Thanksgiving Leftovers Party Buns

Thanksgiving party buns appetizer recipe

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12-15 sandwiches (12 servings)

With this tasty appetizer recipe, leftover frozen Parker House yeast rolls won't need to hide in the back of the freezer until next Thanksgiving anymore! This tasty and easy appetizer recipe calls for sweet hot mustard, whole berry cranberry jelly, and smoked gouda cheese. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare the dish, 20 minutes to bake it, and about 30 seconds until your friends and family devour it.

Don't have smoked gouda on hand? Try using a buttery muenster cheese or something with a little more funk like camembert or brie. 

You can also make these party buns with other types of mini rolls like Kings Hawaiian, Cobblestone, or any random slider buns—just be sure to grease the pan if you're not using frozen Parker House yeast rolls.


  • 1 package Parker house yeast rolls (frozen, thawed)
  • 1/2 pound roasted turkey breast (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet hot mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 pound smoked gouda (sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Ingredients for Thanksgiving party buns appetizer
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  2. Gently take the rolls out of the aluminum baking sheet and place them on a flat surface.

    Take rolls out
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  3. Using a serrated knife, slice the entire pack of yeast rolls in half and place the bottom half back into the aluminum baking tray.

    Slice yeast rolls
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  4. Add the turkey to the half that's in the aluminum baking pan and top with cranberry sauce.

    Add the turkey
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  5. On the remaining half of of the rolls, smear the sweet hot mustard and add the smoked gouda cheese.

    Smear the hot mustard
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  6. Place the mustard smeared side of the rolls and gently place back on top of the other half.

    Place mustard side down
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  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes.

    Cover with aluminum foil
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  8. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the tops of the parker house rolls are cooked through and slightly golden. 

    Remove foil
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  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Thanksgiving party bun
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