The Pumpkin Muffin Murder by Livia J. Washburn & Turkey, Smashed Peas, and Pesto Sandwich

“To Carolyn, making a sandwich had never meant just slapping together meat, cheese, and bread with some mayonnaise or mustard. Each sandwich was a minor production for her and included an assortment of lettuce, tomatoes, avocado slices, cream cheese, and exotic dressings. A sandwich made by Carolyn was a full-course meal in itself.” ~The Pumpkin Muffin Murder by Livia J. Washburn

Turkey, Smashed Peas, and Pesto Sandwich


1/4 small red onion, sliced

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons butter

10 ounces frozen peas

kosher salt and black pepper

1/4 cup pesto

8 ounces sliced roasted turkey

8 slices white country bread, toasted


  1. Toss the onion and vinegar in a small bowl. Let sit until onion is tender and bright pink, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the peas and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Mash until the peas hold together.
  3. Divide the peas, onion, pesto, and turkey among the bread.

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