Turkey, Bacon, Onion Marmalade Sandwich

Turkey, Bacon, Onion Marmalade Sandwich

This roasted turkey sandwich is one of our biggest sellers but, interestingly, each customer cites a different reason the sandwich is special. One says that she could eat the onion marmalade with a spoon for breakfast daily. Others can’t say enough about the bacon. Tom applauds Sisha’s decision to cut the turkey thicker, thus showcasing its moistness. This is an ensemble piece, with no clear headliner. While we use ciabatta, this sandwich would work as well on country bread, too.–Tom Colicchio

Bacon Note

Don’t cook the bacon over too high heat or the fat will burn. When you’re done, save the fat you’ve rendered and store it in the freezer. The next time you’re roasting some vegetables, toss some bacon fat in with them!

Turkey, Bacon, Onion Marmalade Sandwich

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  • 3 H, 30 M
  • Makes 4 sandwiches
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  • For the balsamic onion marmalade
  • For the turkey sandwich


Make the onion marmalade

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until it slides easily across the pan. Add the onions, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, until the onions are soft.

Add the sugar and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook the marmalade, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until the onions appear dry. Add the vinegar and reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, until the onions are soft and dry. Serve the marmalade warm or at room temperature. Store the marmalade in the refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks.

Make the turkey sandwich

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Slide the sage leaves under the skin of the turkey breast and place the turkey on a sheet pan. Rub the skin with the butter and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast the turkey for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Baste the meat with its juices throughout. (Keep in mind that the meat will continue to cook even after it’s removed from the oven, so be careful not to cook it too long.) Allow the meat to rest before slicing, or cool completely.

In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until golden brown and crisp on both sides. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Slice the ciabatta rolls in half. Place the turkey slices on the bottom halves and top with the onion marmalade. Place the bottom and top halves of the rolls in the 350°F (175°C) oven and remove once the marmalade is heated through and the bread is toasted. Top the marmalade with the bacon, followed by the avocado. Evenly spread the mayonnaise on the top halves of the rolls. Close the sandwiches, cut into halves, and serve.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

I have one word for this recipe: Awesome. I love the combined flavors of the sage-roasted turkey breast, onion marmalade, crispy bacon, and creamy avocado. A word of caution about the marmalade: If you taste this, you may not have enough left for the sandwiches. It’s delicious. I can’t find ciabatta rolls in my area, so I baked my own from Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Everyday. We could hardly wait for the onions and turkey to finish cooking, as the smells in the house were making us drool. I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe, and will be making it again and again.

What a hit this was. The aromas from roasting the turkey, sautéing the onions, and frying up the bacon filled the house and led to a very tasty sandwich. Don’t cut back on the onions, you’ll want to slather this marmalade all over the turkey, and enjoy the leftovers the next day. Next time, I will omit the mayonnaise, which I felt wasn’t necessary.

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  1. This roasted turkey sandwich was a delicious reinvention of what’s normally an unexciting lunch item. Although it takes a bit of time to get all of the sandwich components ready, it’s well worth it. The combination of the turkey, bacon, onion marmalade, and avocado create a perfectly balanced sandwich both in flavor and in texture. The moist, thick-cut turkey with sage gives the sandwich a hearty, homey feel. The bacon brings in the crunch and saltiness, while the onion marmalade brings in the sweetness and acidity. The avocado rounds out the sandwich with a smooth and creamy richness. This is a really satisfying sandwich that does a great job of showcasing each individual component.

  2. Oh boy, does this sandwich look good. I can’t wait to make some of the onion marmalade. I have a feeling I’ll be in the “eating it with a spoon for breakfast daily” camp.

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