Buffalo Turkey Sandwiches with Celery Yogurt Spread

January 12, 2011

Buffalo Turkey Sandwiches with Celery Yogurt Spread Recipe | Fake Food Free

When it comes to flavors that I would consider truly US American, buffalo tops the list. No, not buffalo the meat, but buffalo the sauce. It is one taste that I haven’t found anywhere else in my travels, and it was one thing we did miss when we were living abroad.

There is just something about that spicy, buttery flavor that can only be cooled by celery and some ranch or blue cheese.

I’ve come to incorporate it in several of our meals at home. We love buffalo chicken pizza and sandwiches. Of course, chicken is usually the meat of choice with buffalo sauce, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to give it a try with turkey considering our recent over abundance.

Buffalo Turkey Sandwiches with Celery Yogurt Spread


We don’t buy bottled dressings anymore and although I know it is possible to make blue cheese and ranch dressing, I didn’t have the ingredients for either. Instead, I turned to some of that plain 2% Greek yogurt Chobani recently sent to me.

I mixed it with finely chopped celery and onion and flavored it with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Now, if I’d had some blue cheese to mix, that would have made it even better, but alone it went wonderfully with the buffalo turkey.

Recipe for Buffalo Turkey Sandwiches with Celery Yogurt Spread


The buns were made from the same recipe as used with the bread baking pottery I posted about last week. I just used white whole wheat instead of unbleached white flour, and then I split it into individual buns before the last time I let it rise. I placed the buns on a baking sheet in a hot 350 degree oven and they baked up in about 15 minutes.

I paired the sandwiches with a simple coleslaw and few of the pickled jalapenos I canned this summer. Delicious!

Buffalo Turkey Sandwiches with Celery Yogurt Spread

1 cup shredded or chopped cooked turkey
2 tbsp unsalted butter
¼ cup hot sauce (we use Frank’s Red Hot)
¼ cup yogurt
3 tbsp celery, finely chopped
1 tbsp onion, finely chopped
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder

Place the turkey in a skillet. Add 2 tbsp of water to the skillet and turn on medium-high heat. Cook the turkey until it is heated through. Add the butter and stir until melted. Stir in the hot sauce and coat the turkey.

In a small bowl stir together the yogurt, celery, onion, salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Split two buns and place half of the yogurt spread on each bun. Add half of the turkey to each bun. Sandwich it together and enjoy. Serves 2, but can easily be doubled or tripled.


Disclaimer: Chobani sent me yogurt free of charge. I was not obligated to post about it and received no compensation for doing so.

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  • Michelle @ Find Your Balance January 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Yummy! Now what other foods/flavors are truly American? BBQ sauce? Ketchup? Miracle Whip? (Ick)

  • emily (a nutritionist eats) January 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I loooooove buffalo and wings. :)I don’t think I’ve ever had buffalo chicken pizza…not sure why, I love both!

  • Sagan January 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Oh wow yum. That sounds so good!

    I grew up with honey dill as a flavour that I really enjoy. Apparently it’s a flavour that’s only really found in my city? Seems so strange to think that.

  • Juliana January 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Lori, great way to serve turkey and I love your celery yogurt spread…great combination!

  • kat January 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I can just feel my mouth burning eating those! I bet Matt would be in heaven though

  • Chow and Chatter January 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    wow love this sandwich looking forward to seeing your curries Lori

  • Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) January 13, 2011 at 12:14 am

    It’s weird, buffalo sauce is something I’ve never been able to get into, but I know so many people who love the stuff! Perhaps it’s because I’m also not a blue cheese fan, and they often come hand in hand? The sandwich does look rather tasty though, that’s for sure.

  • 5 Star Foodie January 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

    An awesome sandwich! I love the combination of flavors here, and the celery yogurt spread is certainly a delicious idea!

  • Mindy January 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I’m totally making this! 🙂

  • Reeni January 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

    What a delicious looking sandwich Lori! I love the sound of the yogurt sauce – perfect for cutting the heat!

  • Evan Thomas January 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    This looks so good! The dip sounds super simple. I love anything I can make with what I already keep around.

  • Kelsey January 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    im so combining buffalo and turkey next time i cook up a meat dish! what a fabulous combo! i truly dont think ive ever mixed my meats but ive always been curious..just wasent sure if it would be a good idea or if anyone recommends it.
    this looks so good!!! especially with the yogurty spread with celery!! <3

  • Tangled Noodle January 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    How fantastic is this sandwich? The celery yogurt spread is just the perfect complement to cool down the heat of the buffalo turkey. And I so need to get going on the baking – you’re putting me to shame with your homemade sandwich buns!

  • Lori January 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Michelle – I’d have to go with BBQ sauce for sure. I completely agree with your “ick” on MW. 🙂

    emily – You have to try it as a pizza. Awesome!

    Sagan – Honey dill? Now that sounds interesting. I’d probably love that.

    Juliana – Thanks!

    Kat – Ha, ha! Yeah, it’s a bit spicy, but not too bad with Franks. I can think of some other sauces that would be way over the top though!

    Chow and Chatter – Thanks!

    Marianne – Yeah, blue cheese is a big partner. Actually I think ranch is even bigger around here.

    5 Star – Thanks!

    Mindy – I hope you like it!

    Reeni – Thanks! Yes, it plays the role of celery and ranch well and is even tangier.

    Evan – Thanks! It’s definitely a quick fix spread.

    Kelsey – It works well. It seems I’m always making so many substitutions so mixing meats happens all the time. Ha, ha!

    TN – Don’t give me too much credit. They are super simple! 🙂

  • OysterCulture January 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I love the tanginess of buffalo style meats and this sandwich sounds like it has all that with out the heaviness you usually associate with it. Cannot wait to give it a try.

  • ChefduJour November 25, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Very good recipe…I tried it with leftover chopped chicken and stuffed it in a pita. By the way, adding 3 tbs. of crumbled bleu cheese to the dressing kicked it up to the stratosphere…yummy!

  • Anonymous November 25, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Just hot sauce is not close to a Buffalo style turkey sandwich.

  • Jenn November 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Just made this tonight and it was amazing!