A few weeks ago, I was browsing through the pages of this American home cooking cookbook and came across a recipe for the Myles Standish Sandwich. Living in Plymouth, Massachusetts as we do, we can certainly appreciate living in the midst of so much early-American history, and Myles Standish was a key figure in our region.
Myles Standish was an English military officer who was hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for Plymouth Colony. He traveled with the Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower and once Plymouth Colony was formed, he played a leading role in the administration, law keeping, and defense of the historic colony. Fast forward to today, we live not too far from Myles Standish State Forest, and if you happen to visit Plimouth Plantation – a local, living museum of the Mayflower Colony – you might actually “meet” Myles Standish too!
Considering that he was such an important person, it is quite appropriate that the Myles Standish Sandwich is very delicious! To make it, start by layering generous slices of roasted turkey on crusty white bread or rolls that have been slathered with cream cheese. Some fresh, crisp lettuce and a generous spoonful of this amazing Cranberry Orange Relish completes this fantastic sandwich.
The recipe for that Cranberry Orange Relish can be found here – and it is so delicious, it is worthy of its own post.
The Myles Standish Sandwich is a must-make recipe when you have leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner – but it would also be delicious using deli turkey throughout the rest of the year.
- 4 thick slices of fresh sour dough bread
- 6 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 teaspoon dry sage
- 4 leaves crisp lettuce
- 10-12 ounces fresh roasted turkey slices
- Cranberry Orange Relish, see recipe here
- Mix the softened cream cheese with the dried sage and divided evenly between the four slices of sour dough bread.
- Top with the crisp lettuce, fresh turkey slices and the cranberry orange relish.
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