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Hot Turkey Sandwich Recipe with Black Pepper California Fig Jam

What can make a turkey sandwich recipe simple but adds flavor? Quick homemade black pepper fig jam! Our simple turkey sandwich recipe is then panini-pressed.
Course: Sandwiches
Keyword: Simple Turkey Sandwich Recipe, Turkey Sandwich Recipe Simple
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 726kcal


  • 6 ounces Sun-Maid California Calimyrna Figs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 3/4 pound sliced turkey chicken or ham
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Butter


  • Make the jam: add the figs, water, sugar, pepper, and salt into a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Uncover, and let sit for 5 minutes before processing in a food processor or blender until a chunky jam/chutney mixture starts to form.
  • Make the paninis: spread a thin layer of the fig jam on 4 slices of bread followed by about 1/4 cup of cheese, 1/2 cup of the baby arugula, a quarter of the sliced meat and then another 1/4 cup of the cheese. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise and mustard on the other 4 slices of bread. Then, top the sandwiches with those pieces of bread, buttering the tops of the bread. Place buttered side down in a panini press and butter the other side. Press according to the directions on the panini press (I pressed mine for about 4 1/2 minutes).


Recipe and photos by Esteban Castillo


Calories: 726kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1806mg | Potassium: 789mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 393mg | Iron: 5.6mg