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Turkey Sandwiches With Smoked Gouda, Pickled Red Onion and Cherries

Turkey Sandwiches With Smoked Gouda, Pickled Red Onion and Cherries 4.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Jul 6, 2011

Fresh cherries might not be an option for topping turkey sandwiches at the local deli, but they’re the perfect sweet counterpoint to the sharp pickled onions and smoky cheese used here.

Servings: 4
  • 1 small red onion, cut into very thin slices
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 8 thick slices crusty sourdough bread
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced roasted turkey breast
  • 4 ounces smoked Gouda, cut into very thin slices
  • 3 cups (about 2 ounces) baby spinach leaves, stemmed
  • 1 cup (12 to 16) pitted dark-red cherries, mashed or coarsely chopped


Toss together the onion, sugar and a generous sprinkling of salt (about 1 teaspoon) in a medium bowl; let sit for 5 minutes so the onion wilts a bit. Stir in the vinegar; let sit for 10 minutes so the vinegar infuses the onions, and the sugar and salt have dissolved.

To assemble the sandwiches, top 4 slices of the bread with a thin coating of mustard. In the following order, layer the turkey, smoked Gouda, some spinach leaves, some onions and the cherries, then top each portion with one of the remaining slices of bread.

Serve immediately, or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for no more than 2 hours before serving.

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From food writer Tony Rosenfeld. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this recipe left the onions out of the directions.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 560

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 14g 22%

Saturated Fat: 8g 40%

Cholesterol: 80mg 27%

Sodium: 1730mg 72%

Total Carbohydrates: 62g 21%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 12g

Protein: 32g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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