Turkey Sandwich Report Mailbag: Cheese Edition

From time to time, the Turkey Sandwich Report gets a some questions about sandwiches.  We are a full-service blog and we want to make sure our loyal readers get the answers they need.  So, let’s open up the ol’ Turkey Sandwich Report and see what people want to know.

What kind of cheese would you suggest for someone who is new to the different kinds of cheese? I just want to know what would be best for a plain turkey sandwich – turkey, lettuce, pickle, mayo, etc.


Jenny, I always tell people to start simple.  I’ve seen too many people go nuts with their cheese selections in the early stages and go off the deep end they’re never able to recover.  We don’t want that to happen to you.  I think Swiss is a nice, easy going cheese and pairs well with a lot of different kinds of Turkey.

From there, your progression should be: Provelone, Mild Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Colby Jack, Mozzarella, Havarti, Pepper Jack, Medium Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Asiago, Port Wine, Gouda, Smoked Gouda, Brie, Sharp Cheddar, Gorgonzola and finally White Stilton.


You might be asking about Feta cheese and wondering why it’s not on the list.  This is on purpose.  Feta and Jarlsberg don’t belong on Turkey Sandwiches. 

Want to Make it Better? Add Chili.

Chili Turkey Sandwich, originally uploaded by nealdstewart.

Think about it: pretty much everything is better with Chili.

Hot Dog or Chili Dog? I’d go Chili Dog every time.
Cheese Fries or Chili Cheese Fries? Do I even have to answer?
Cheeseburger or Chili Cheeseburger? Duh.

That’s why I did a Chili Turkey Sandwich today. Chili makes everything better, even a Turkey Sandwich.

You Can’t Teach Cheese

One thing that I have not discussed very much here on the Turkey Sandwich Report is CHEESE SELECTION. The Cheese that you choose to put on your Turkey Sandwich is important.  Really fucking important.

I’m not here to teach you how to choose cheese.  Like they say in sports, “You can’t teach speed.”  Well, you can’t teach Cheese either.  You either intuitively know cheese or you don’t.  It’s as simple as that.

Myself, I know cheese.  For example I was daring enough to go with the Buffalo Blue Cheese for this delicious Grilled Turkey and Cheese from Chedd’s.  It was a bold move, but it worked.


I also know when to go with a white cheese vs. a yellow/orange cheese.  When to go with something with spices vs. something more traditional.

But here is my offer: if anyone needs some cheese consulting, I’m here for you.  Just give me the details of your sandwich and what cheeses are available and I’ll give you my take.  Free of charge.  How can you beat that?