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October 27, 2010

The Hunter’s Leftovers: Sandwiching

By Colin Kearns

You’re parked on the couch, falling into a food coma and looking forward to a hunt tomorrow. You’d better wake up early enough to spend some time in the kitchen, because inside the fridge are all the fixings you need to make the perfect field lunch. One that’s easy to fix. That’s compact, yet substantial. That requires no cleanup. The leftover sandwich—a meal so delicious it rivals Thursday’s main event.

First, the bread. This is the only part you need to buy specifically for the sandwich, so splurge on a good, crunchy loaf from a bakery and have it sliced thick. I like mine lightly toasted and slabbed with mayo. Next, the fixings. Pile some turkey on one slice. What follows depends on the leftovers you scored. To the other bread slice I usually smear layers of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and maybe some green bean casserole.

Finally, the secret ingredient: cranberry sauce. Homemade sauce will do, but I swear by the canned goods. I find the stuff addictively delicious, plus it makes practical sandwich sense because you can cut it into thin rounds—just as if you were slicing a tomato for a BLT. When you’re all set, join both halves, slightly flatten with a light smash, and wrap in foil.

Eat this in your treestand or inside a duck blind. Eat it on a stump in the grouse woods or with your back against a fence in a pheasant field. Share it with your daughter on the back of your truck. This sandwich will taste good anywhere. With so many leftovers in the fridge, it’ll taste good when you make it again tomorrow. And again the day after that. —Colin Kearns

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

stare at that for 20 seconds and tell me you aint hungry

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from 2Poppa wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Mm,Mm ... GOOD!
But ... You forgot the gravy!

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from combat.medic wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Question: what if you don't have turkey? I mean, as un-American as I may sound with that question, there's an even chance any given year that I didn't bag one... and I'm not buying one of those steroid- and antibiotic-filled ones at Wal Mart or Krogers... so let's say nature's bounty was favoring me with venison or some other land-bound animal... figure the same sandwich, just substitute meat, or change it up altogether?

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from Bass2Buck wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

stare at that for 20 seconds and tell me you aint hungry

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from 2Poppa wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Mm,Mm ... GOOD!
But ... You forgot the gravy!

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from combat.medic wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Question: what if you don't have turkey? I mean, as un-American as I may sound with that question, there's an even chance any given year that I didn't bag one... and I'm not buying one of those steroid- and antibiotic-filled ones at Wal Mart or Krogers... so let's say nature's bounty was favoring me with venison or some other land-bound animal... figure the same sandwich, just substitute meat, or change it up altogether?

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