BLOGMAS: A Huge Bite of Christmas – Turkey, Bacon, Brie and Cranberry Panini

One of my favourite things about the festive period is the seasonal treats Costa rolls out out (have you tried their billionaire’s hot chocolate this year? SO GOOD!) ☕ Taking inspiration from these over-priced, indulgent but ultimately amazing coffee shops, I wanted to try my hand at some of the Christmas toasties they create at this time of year (and save some pennies by making it at home!)

These paninis have got some real festive flavours in them, from the roasted turkey to the gooey cheese and sweet cranberry sauce. They’re easy to make, which is obviously a huge plus because, let’s face it, we all have such little time in December – and most of the time we do have we’re spending it hungover…

So, this is how I did it…
(Serves 2)

  1. Turkey legs are bloody massive, aren’t they?! I must admit, I found the prospect of cooking one quite daunting, so I was pleased to find that with this recipe I could just smother it with some seasoning – salt, pepper, rosemary and parsley – and bung it in the oven. The weight of the leg determines how long it needs to roast, so double check that – mine had two hours, to be on the safe side.
  2. While that cooked, I had plenty of time to prepare everything else. So, the panini is sliced in half and toasted, then a thin layer of cranberry sauce is spread on the bottom half.
  3. The slices of bacon took a few minutes to just fry in the pan, and the thick slices of brie are added for just 30 seconds towards the end, simply to warm them through and start them melting.
  4. Once the turkey roasted up, all lovely and brown and delicious-looking, it was just a case of cutting all the meat away from the bone (there was plenty leftover to put in the fridge and make another meal) and piling it onto the paninis – one layer of turkey, one slice of bacon, topped with brie. Slide this under the grill for a few minutes just to melt the cheese properly, and voila – a homemade version of a coffee shop festive favourite! 🍗


Turkey LegButcher’s Selection British Turkey Drumsticks – £2.25 – ASDA
2 Slices of BaconEveryday Essentials Smoked Back Bacon – 99p – Aldi
Spoonful of Cranberry SauceBatts Cranberry Sauce – 55p – Lidl
2 Thick Slices of BrieChene d’Argent Brie – 85p – Lidl
2 PaninisPanini Roll – 30p – Tesco

The turkey definitely tastes better with seasoning, so I topped mine with salt, pepper, parsley and rosemary.

turkey leg edit


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