A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 10, 2012
Pilgrim (sandwich of Thanksgiving leftovers)

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The long list of the names of sandwiches served on long rolls includes blimpie, bomber, Cuban (medianoche), Dagwood, garibaldi, gondola, grinder, hero, hoagie, Italian, jawbreaker, muffuletta, peacemaker (La Mediatrice), pistolette, po’ boy (poor boy), rocket, skyscraper, spiedie, spucky (spuckie, spukie), submarine (sub), torpedo, torta (Mexican po’ boy), wedge and zeppelin (zep).

Wikipedia: Pilgrim (sandwich)
A Pilgrim or Puritan is a sandwich which has connotations with the American Pilgrim Fathers and Thanksgiving Day. It was a traditional a way of using up leftover food from Thanksgiving Day and thus is composed essentially of bread slices or a bap, into which are placed sliced roast turkey, cranberries or cranberry sauce and cheddar cheese. There is an enormous variation in its composition with a huge range of ingredients being employed in some sandwiches and a great variation of ingredients between recipes. At its most basic it can be two slices of bread with slices of turkey, herb stuffing, cranberry sauce and some gravy.

More sophisticated versions of the Pilgrim sandwich include store-bought corn muffins, crusty hoagie, French bread, ciabatta rolls, extra virgin olive oil, butter, chopped apple, chopped onion, celery, flat leaf parsley, Thousand Island dressing and sliced/chopped pickled gherkins for topping.

A well known international magazine poll reported it to be one of America’s favourite sandwiches, the version illustrated included Muenster cheese and lettuce in addition to turkey, stuffing and cranberry chutney.

Google News Archive
17 January 1980, Heppner (OR) Gazette-Times, pg. 5, col. 6 ad:
(Happy Joe’s—ed.)

Google Books
The Bride Wore Blood
By Vicky Hunnings
New York, NY: Avalon Books
Pg. 198:
Last year they’d shared a Pilgrim sandwich at their desks while working on a case.

Runangoo Running Forum
By Soxrock9
2007-11-23 12:07 PM
workin. I was very disappointed they did not have a Pilgrim sandwich offer. My fave is when restaraunts have a thanksgiving sandwich option on the specials and charge between ten and fifteen bucks for it. Nothing but the best crappy leftovers!

Dear (Thanksgiving) Leftovers Sandwich
ate my first pilgrim sandwich at 2:00am today tb uh
― Delhomme 3030 (roxymuzak), Saturday, 28 November 2009 00:36

Pass the Sushi
Leftovers? Eat like a pilgrim, Pilgrim Sandwich
The best part about Thanksgiving? The leftovers, duh!
For as long as I can remember, a local sub shop has offered a sandwich all year round that is a carb-oholic’s dream come true. The sandwich starts with a beautiful thick hoagie roll overflowing with stuffing, turkey, cranberries and a slather of mayo.
Pilgrim Sandwiches
From Rachel Ray Magazine October 2011

pilgrim sandwich
kita817 | November 25, 2011
Thanksgiving leftovers? Time to make a sandwich

Serious Eats
The Serious Eats Guide to Sandwiches
Jed Portman
AUG 29, 2012
2:00 PM
Pilgrim A.K.A. The Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich
It’s the morning after Thanksgiving. The leftover turkey’s in the fridge, next to the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, and the gravy. Yesterday, you were so full you thought you wouldn’t eat for a week. But here you are, and you’re hungry.

You put the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on a slice of bread. You pour gravy on everything and add the second slice. And there’s your Pilgrim sandwich. The Pilgrim’s ingredients can vary as long as it features Thanksgiving leftovers.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, September 10, 2012 • Permalink