Turkey Club Sandwich
Roasted turkey tenderloin, pesto mayo, and avocado make this Turkey Club Sandwich the toast of the town. It’s simplicity at its finest and most delicious!
I have never in my life, up until now, cooked a turkey tenderloin.
I didn’t necessarily know that turkey tenderloins existed. Or maybe I just never really thought about it.
I picked up a twin pack though, baked them in the oven, and sliced one open. It tasted great! Juicy, flavorful, and so easy. My kids loved it. Calvin calls it “The Good Turkey.”
And of course, because it’s me, I put it on a sandwich.
But not just any sandwich!
My favorite kind of sandwich is one that fills me up by the time I’m done eating it (why is it so hard to feel satiated?!) and one that has a lot of delicious contrasting flavors and textures.
Here’s my stack of happiness:
- Toasted bread
- Crisp lettuce
- Juicy tomatoes,
- Savory turkey
- Salty turkey bacon
- Fresh avocado
- Pesto mayonnaise
Turkey is an ideal component in this sandwich because it can both absorb and enhance bold flavors. If you pile this thing with salami, you won’t taste anything else.
Turkey is a healthy lean protein, flavorful and versatile for meals at all hours and all times of the year. I baked my tenderloins, but you can just as easily throw them on the grill (or in a slow cooker; I’ve included lots of instructions in the recipe notes!).
Discover a lot of ways to add more turkey to your menu, whether it’s cuts like the tenderloin on a sandwich, ground turkey meat (perfect for meatballs or chili), turkey sausage, or turkey drumsticks.
See how easy Pesto is to make – plus 4 delicious recipes that put it to use. Including this amazing sandwich!
Turkey Club Sandwich
Roasted turkey tenderloin, pesto mayo, and avocado make this Turkey Club Sandwich the toast of the town. It's simplicity at its finest and most delicious!
For the turkey:
- 1 (12 ounce) turkey tenderloin (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the turkey bacon:
- 1 (12 ounce) package turkey bacon
For the sandwich:
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Homemade pesto or store bought
- 8 slices Texas Toast
- 2 large tomatoes sliced
- Lettuce (romaine, green leaf, etc.)
- 2 avocados pitted and sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Place tenderloin on prepared baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until an internal thermometer reaches 165 degrees. Remove from oven, tent with foil, and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet over medium heat (about 375 degrees). Arrange the bacon in a single layer, working in batches as necessary, and fry until crisp. Break slices in half.
To make the pesto mayonnaise, combine pesto and mayonnaise in a small bowl and stir to combine. Cover and chill while the tenderloin is baking.
To make the sandwiches, toast the Texas toast. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of pesto mayonnaise on half of the toast. Top each with two slices tomato and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Continue building the sandwiches by layering lettuce, turkey, turkey bacon, and avocado on each. Top with the remaining toast slices, cut in half, and serve.
- Turkey Tenderloins are often sold in a 2-pack (24 ounces total). You could bake both to double the recipe (or eat it on its own) or freeze one for later.
- To grill the turkey tenderloin, preheat grill over medium heat and place tenderloins directly on grate. Grill, turning occasionally, until meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of the meat reaches 165°F, approximately 45-50 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.
- To cook the turkey tenderloin in a slow cooker, add ½ cup water with the tenderloin(s) and cover with lid. Cook 2 to 3 hours on HIGH or 3 to 4 hours on LOW AND until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- To bake the turkey bacon, preheat oven to 375°F. Place desired number slices on pan. Bake 8-12 minutes or to desired crispness, no turning is necessary.
- To broil the turkey bacon, preheat broiler. Place desired number of bacon slices on rack or broiler pan. Broil bacon, 6 inches from heat source for 5 minutes turning every 2 minutes to desired crispness.
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