Looking for some easy sandwiches to celebrate Thanksgiving? These Turkey Themes Sandwiches for Thanksgiving are perfect for your kiddos’ lunch boxes!
When I was a kid, we vacationed in South Jersey every year. Before my parents divorced, we would go camping in Wildwood, and then after my dad would get together with another single parent friend of his and we would all rent a house and spend the week ‘down the shore’.
I have a lot of awesome memories from those trips, but my dad, my brother and I are all in agreement that the most memorable thing from those later trips was the sandwich shop we stumbled upon that had the most amazing Thanksgiving sandwich packed with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. Seriously, amazing.
Sadly, these are not those Thanksgiving themed sandwiches, but a bit of a more school lunch and kid-friendly style of Thanksgiving sandwiches – sandwiches that LOOK like turkeys! Feel free to fill them with turkey (or the whole kit and caboodle to make the ULTIMATE Thanksgiving sandwiches!) or whatever your kids enjoy – there’s even a non-sandwich version for kids who hate sandwiches!
Turkey Themed Sandwiches for Thanksgiving
3 Mini Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches
Apple Slice Turkey
Cut bread into a small circle using a lid or a smaller circle cutter. Fill your sandwich as desired. Cut a beak out of a carrot and the snood (red bit) out of a small piece of red apple. Adhere with peanut butter, hummus, or cream cheese. Add eyes – I used candy eyes. Cut red, yellow, and green strips out of apples and place between the slices of bread.
Pretzel and Veggie Turkeys
Cut bread into a small circle using a lid or a smaller circle cutter. Fill your sandwich as desired. Cut a beak out of a carrot and the snood (red bit) out of a small piece of red bell pepper. Adhere with peanut butter, hummus, or cream cheese. Add eyes – I used candy eyes but olive slices and cream cheese work just as well. For the veggie turkey, cut cucumber and carrot stick and place between the slices of bread. For the pretzel turkey, add pretzel sticks.
Learn all of my favorite ways to make edible eyes for fun lunches here: DIY Edible Eyeballs for Fun Food
Large Apple Turkey Themed Sandwich
Cut your sandwich using a large circle cutter. Slice up your apples – red, green, and yellow apples into strips and 2 small, 1-inch circles from the white inner apple. If you will be serving later, soak apples in a solution of water and lemon juice to prevent browning. Top your sandwich with apple and raisin eyes, securing with nut butter or cream cheese. Cut a baby carrot in half and cut a triangle out of the ends to make feet and another triangle to make the beak. Secure to sandwich by placing the ‘feet’ between the layers of sandwich and ‘gluing’ the beak on. Make a snood from a small piece of red apple and add the apple slices to the top to make ‘feathers’ on your turkey.
Hummus Turkey Themed Lunch
Add hummus to a silicone muffin cup. Top with olive slices, a triangle shaped piece of carrot and a red bell pepper snood. Cut ‘feet’ out of baby carrot slices and place below the silicone cup. Finally, top with sliced bell peppers of various fall colors.
Veggie Turkey Themed Sandwich
Cut a large circle out of your sandwich and add a small piece of bread (cut like a house upside down) ton top as your turkey head – glue down with nut butter, hummus, or cream cheese. Add a carrot triangle, olive slices, and red bell pepper as a snood and ‘glue’ down as well. Add pepper sticks, baby carrots, and cucumber sticks as feathers and enjoy!
Okay, so tell me – which do you think your kids would like best? Do you have and memories heavily tied with food? (spoiler alert – most of mine are!) Let me know in the comments!
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