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Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes

Photo: Christopher Testani

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Your family is guaranteed to love this twist on the classic sandwich. Instead of a sweet, barbecue-style sauce, browned turkey, sautéed mushrooms, and wilted kale go into a white sauce made rich with nutty Swiss cheese. It’s creamy, comforting, and downright irresistible. Be prepared to abandon eating the sandwiches out of hand; they are so full of creamy filling that the whole thing is likely to turn into a knife and fork affair. Adults might enjoy a splash of hot sauce, so be sure to put a bottle on the table. Steamed broccoli would be an easy and perfect accompaniment.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 12 ounces ground turkey breast
  • 2 cups thinly sliced kale
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 ounces presliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

Nutrition Information

  • calories 404
  • fat 14.7 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • monofat 4.8 g
  • polyfat 2.3 g
  • protein 34 g
  • carbohydrate 36 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 61 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 589 mg
  • calcium 351 mg
  • sugars 11 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 4 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add turkey; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add kale, onion, thyme, garlic powder, and mushrooms; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Whisk together milk and flour. Add milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove pan from heat; stir in cheese, pepper, and salt. Spoon about 3/4 cup turkey mixture onto each bun.