Cranberry Turkey Panini from

I’m not sure what makes this panini presidential, but it seems like a sandwich fit for Presidents’ Day. Did you know that Presidents’ Day was originally founded as a way to celebrate George Washington’s birthday? Now the holiday is meant to celebrate all the U.S. presidents throughout history. So, if you were looking for a political rant, you will be very disappointed because you won’t find it here. All I have for you here today is a tasty recipe, a few delicious photos, and a trip down memory lane.

Cranberry Turkey Panini from

I actually lived in the D.C. area a very long time ago. It was right after my husband and I were married. We went on our honeymoon and then one week later we packed up everything we owned in his two door Saab and drove halfway across the country. And in case you’re wondering, it’s about a 23 hour drive from Lincoln, Nebraska to Washington, D.C.

Ben & AmberIt was definitely a very special time in our lives. Not only were we newly married, but discovering the city and it’s treasures was so fun. We were only there a year, so we took advantage of seeing the city every free moment we had. This photo makes me laugh because I think this was our first visit together to the Lincoln Memorial. We were poor newlyweds, so we would visit the museums every weekend on the National Mall because they were free. We would sit in front of the Lincoln monument and talk for hours sharing our hopes and dreams for the future. I think that’s why the Lincoln memorial has always been my favorite. Seriously, how can you not feel inspired when sitting in front of the Lincoln memorial? And speaking of inspiration, check out the layers on this panini.

Cranberry Turkey Panini from

This panini is made with sourdough bread, turkey, cranberry chutney, goat cheese, toasted almonds, and greens. And with that, I’ll just drop the mic and hit publish. Boom.

Cranberry Turkey Panini from

Presidential Panini

  • 25 minutes
  • 14 ingredients
  • 11 steps


  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 1/2 cup mixed greens
  • 12 ounces thinly sliced turkey breast
  • 2 TB cranberry chutney (below)
  • 12 ounces honey goat cheese or cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 6 TBSP. butter
  • Cranberry Chutney:
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cups frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • zest of one orange


  1. Spread 6 slices of bread with equal parts cranberry chutney (a few TBSP. each)
  2. Spread the other slices with 2 ounce goat cheese or cream cheese each
  3. Sprinkle almonds on the slices of bread covered with chutney
  4. Layer greens on top of chutney, followed by turkey
  5. Top sandwich with slice of bread covered in goat cheese and spread 1/2 TBSP. butter on outside facing sides of bread
  6. Heat panini press to medium/high
  7. Place sandwiches in panini press and cook until golden
  8. Chutney Instructions:
  9. Bring the orange juice and sugar to a boil. When it is rapidly boiling, add the cinnamon stick and cranberries. Turn the heat to low and stir the cranberries, constantly, at first.
  10. After ten minutes or so, the cranberries will start to pop and break down. Continue to stir, but a little less frequently now. Leave the pot uncovered to speed the process along.
  11. After about half an hour, the cranberries will have popped, released their liquid, and started to reduce. At this point, add the honey and the orange zest. Allow to cool and thicken for a few minutes. Use leftover chutney for dipping sauce if you want.

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